We have all been there. Whether it is a failed project, a blown sale, a lost promotion opportunity, a vanishing client… every professional suffers stinging setbacks and disappointments along their way. But how best to take these inevitable hardships and turn them into something productive? It all comes down to forming a strategy for managing professional disappointment, to which there are three maxims: 1): Recognize that there is no correct way or time to manage disappointment; 2) assume that there is something to learn from this setback; and 3) don’t shrink your goals to avoid future disappointment. Read on.