When does a fireman fail?
A fireman doesn’t fail at being a fireman when a house burns. He fails when he’s afraid of fire and won’t engage the flames.
A salesman doesn’t fail at being a salesman when a deal won’t close. He fails when he’s afraid to pick up the phone and try again.
A writer doesn’t fail at being a writer when writer’s block shows up. He fails when he puts down the pen because it showed up.
A leader doesn’t fail at being a leader when people don’t follow. He fails when they stop trying to lead them.
Keep showing up. Embrace the flames, pick up the phone, write anyway, keep on leading.