Something worse than failure, is not trying.
At the moment I am trying something new. My heart is racing, fear sits on my shoulder as I walk into the unknown. I am scared of failing, scared of the penalty for failure. It is so easy to give up, to not try.
We have so many dreams, yet do we have the nerve to try to make that dream real? The first fear we face is failure; the second fear we face is the penalty for failure; the third fear we face is the change we bring about through our attempt. It is easy to play safe, to walk in the familiar, to suffer no pain through the experience of failure.
If we give in to fear, to sacrifice our dreams in fear, we by default fail. We grow old, and then we look back over our safe life, and then regret. “What if…” Too late, time waits for no one, you lost the opportunity, your harvest is regret.
So try. So what if you fail? But then just as likely you will succeed? Or more likely you will fail, and through the wisdom of the failures before, you then succeed. The worst thing you can do is avoid trying.