"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you. Then you lose and kill yourself." - Hitler (well, not really)
I never understood what that Gandhi quote is so popular, sure that's what a victory looks like out the rear view mirror but most defeats start just the same.
Well, the point is, that if you aren't willing to be ignored and ridiculed to begin with, you'll never win because you'll never even try. Really, Hitler won and took over Germany. Then he won taking over Austria. Then he won taking over France. Then while still fighting Britain, he doubled down and tried for Russia, and then finally lost.