I just read this great post by Seth Godin.
“The math is magical: you can pile up failures and still keep rolling, but you only need one juicy success to build a career. The killer is the category called ‘neither.’ If you spend your days avoiding by not doing much criticizing, you’ll never have a shot at success.”
I’ve found that fear of failure causes paralysis. So if you’re gonna fail, at least plan on failing big. That way at least you know there’s forward momentum in learning, character, and experience.
But do nothing and you learn nothing.