We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure — all your life. It’s as simple as that.
This is from Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society, which I just bought. Fantastic quote and concept. I’ve found my new approach to failure to be tremendously empowering.