DEVAL PATRICK, MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR
Attempts before passing the California bar exam: Three
Considering Patrick’s belief that standardized tests predict success, his failures on the biggest of ’em all are sweet, sweet irony.
Attempts before creating the ideal hard-cider brew: Eleven
Trial and error never tasted so good.
ALEXA FLUTIE, DAUGHTER OF FORMER PATRIOTS QB DOUG FLUTIE
Attempts before becoming a Patriots cheerleader: Five
You can accuse the Pats of a lot of things, but not nepotism.
JOANNE CHANG, FLOUR BAKERY + CAFE PASTRY CHEF-OWNER
Attempts before perfecting the croissant: Twenty-four
After two years, Chang discovered the formula for flaky, buttery pastry. Boston’s been thanking her ever since.
TIM WAKEFIELD, BOSTON RED SOX PITCHER
Attempts before earning his 200th career win: Eight
We weren’t sure if the veteran knuckleballer would ever become the 108th pitcher to reach the milestone.