I suspect you don't have much of an athletic background but its a matter of perspective
If I go into a tournament as the 32nd seed in a field of 64 and I get to the quarter finals I would consider that a win. If I am the #1 seed I would consider it a LOSS. If I come from the ghetto and went to a third rate HS school and make Honors at a good public university that is a clear win. If I have an IQ of 165 and graduated valedictorian of a top prep school mere honors at a decent state university would be failure.