This makes me wonder how much we miss because we're too afraid to risk failure. Brennan Manning, author of Souvenirs of Solitude, puts it like this:
"Each of us pays a heavy price for our fear of falling flat on our faces. It assures the progressive narrowing of our personalities and prevents exploration and experimentation. As we get older, we do only the things we do well. There is no growth in Christ Jesus without some difficulty and fumbling. If we are going to keep on growing, we must keep on risking failure throughout our lives."