In any given battle or endeavor, how do you say you succeeded?
Is it just as simple as being able to deliver it in flying colors?
Regardless how you attained the given goal?
Success is not measured by simply attaining a target. Win or lose, what matters most is that you did your best; even going beyond your ability, just so you can deliver and attain it with best interest in heart.
When failure comes toward the end, it can be more gratifying to know that you did your very best in the process.