BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A top Democratic congressman is telling young people in Louisiana that they should pursue their dreams but also learn to lose gracefully if they want long-term success.
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina spoke Friday to about 200 students and parents at a Louisiana Leadership Institute Event in Baton Rouge.
The Advocate reports that Clyburn emphasized the significance of his own losses in learning to be calm in the face of failure. He lost races for various political offices in 1970, 1978 and 1986. He says if he had given up then, he’d never be where he is today.
Clyburn has been in Congress since 1993. He is assistant House Democratic leader and the highest-ranking African-American in the chamber.