To learn to fight, his instructor said, you have to learn to take a hit. You have to practice blocking, and dodging, and falling down.

At that Mike scoffed. Let the losers learn to lose, he said. I’m an entrepreneur. I only want to know how to win.

So he learned the attack, and he practiced hitting fast, and hard, and from the heart, and when the time came to face his first opponent, all he could taste was victory.

But the fight didn’t go like he was expecting, and his attacks didn’t work like they had in practice, and as flawless as his form might be, he would eventually take a hit.

As he flew through the air, before the world went black, it was all so clear: how to lose at poker, the app store, and life.

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