“Good men sometimes make mistakes. A man of integrity will honestly face and correct his mistakes, and that is an example we can respect. Sometimes men try but fail. Not all worthy objectives are realized despite one’s honest and best efforts. True manhood is not always measured by the fruits of one’s labors but by the labors themselves—by one’s striving.
“Though he will make some sacrifices and deny himself some pleasures in the course of honoring his commitments, the true man leads a rewarding life. He gives much, but he receives more, and he lives content in the approval of his Heavenly Father. The life of true manhood is the good life.”
(Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a general authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from a talk given in October 2006.)
Elder Christofferson’s excellent talk can be read in its entirety at http://www.lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-646-18,00.html