If you are feeling down and think that your career has suffered a fatal blow, consider this:
Ray Nagin was re-elected mayor of New Orleans.
A veteran political reporter told me years ago that the main lesson he'd learned from his career was "Today's s.o.b. is tomorrow's hero."
Americans like come-back stories. They love underdogs. They are enormously forgiving.
Furthermore, getting punched in the stomach is part of the process. The number of chief executive officers who have been fired one or more times in their careers is sizable. Winston Churchill didn't become prime minister until he was 65. Prior to that he faced one setback after another.
And the fact that Nagin isn't Churchill strengthens the point.