There is something to be said for persistence, even when you aren't sure what the problem is...Here is my latest attempt at bread making: Looks a lot better don't you think? Guess what I changed? The setting. Instead of light basic crust, I set it on whole wheat. The recipe doesn't indicate what setting to put it on so you just have to take your best guess. The ingredients are exactly the same.
Continuing with the life analogy, it seems to me that although you often can't change the ingredients ( your gifts, talents, personality type, life situation that you are given) you can change the setting (your attitude, the environment you create around you, the knowledge you acquire, the choices your make). Think about it... the possibilities are endless.
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Henry Ford