The word defeat has a negative connotation. It means you failed to succeed at a task, mission, or objective. You fell short of making it happen. Things didn't work out the way you intended. And the outcome was a disappointment. We tend to do everything in our power to avoid it. But in my opinion, failure gets a bad rap.
Failure is actually a greater teacher than success. In instances where you've stepped out of your comfort zone and taken risks to test out an idea, the fact that it didn't quite work out was a teaching moment. It revealed what couldn't work, and led you closer to what could eventually work. There are lessons we will only learn through failure. Yet we have a tendency to want to play it safe. To want to stick to what's tried and true, because we're risk adverse. Well, most people are, anyway.
The popular saying, fail your way to success or fail your way to the top, is true because failure presents opportunities to refine, retool, or reshape the mission at hand, until it's at a quality that leads to success. Failing over and over on the journey to the top means valuable preparation for what it will take to not only achieve success, but to sustain it. The insights gained during the journey, are ones that not only transform you the individual, but the community that is eagerly anticipating your success.