Now, it wasn't that he wasn't supposed to do this thing, but there was certainly a repetitive pattern of doing it a certain way over and over again, and expecting different results. (No surprise this exact pattern is often cited as the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.) He hadn't realized that maybe he needed to do it differently for it to come out differently.
All it took was one small adjustment-- One tiny little shift in Ego, one light switch of expectations maybe. Just one small thing was needed in order to make a re-approach possible. Once there was re-approach, there was a new perspective and a new outcome.
Bottom line: It wasn't that he was "unlucky" or a "victim" or "not meant to do it". He was meant to do it, differently.
*if you or someone you know is afflicted with this parable, call me. I'm here to help