“I deserved better.”
When you say it, a lot of the times it is the truth. Maybe you did deserve better.
The question, now, is:
One, if it was up to someone else to decide, did you communicate it to them?
Two, if it was up to you, did you sit down to analyse how you could have made it better or marketed it better?
You did deserve better, all truth.
Did you make the best of the present of the present or did you dwell on the past that has already passed?