"Worry about your character, not your reputation. Your character is who you are, and your reputation is who people think you are." - John Wooden quote- Wow, profound and perfect advice for me right now ;
Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat. So giving up on my goals for succeeding school and graduating will not be stopped by one setback.
I'm only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand. Although as an author I am responsible for making readers understand--a reader who doesn't understand is an unhappy reader. (And there is some value to leaving some questions unanswered.