I've thought often about this for a long time now, and it's mostly because I've failed every step of the way through life. But thanks to my overwhelming apathy, it's allowed me to enjoy most of my experiences and reap the beneficial wisdom from being a part of those events.
But why is everyone afraid of "failure"? Why does failure have such a negative connotation?
Failure is not a bad thing, it's a great thing.
In fact it doesn't even exist in the concept that most people think of it in.
It is literally how we learn. Please think about that, it's important.
Especially if you're a person who doesn't even bother starting because of a petrifying fear of failure.
If your goal is learning or mastering your craft (regardless of what it is) it's so much better when you "fail".
Why, I can hear some of you asking? Because you learn something. Pretty simple, right.
And if you're good, you don't make the same mistake again.
If you aren't, you make the same mistake again until you figure it out, and then, voila, you're good. The system is foolproof! It's so simple, but so insanely effective.
Failure (read: lessons) are not to be avoided, they should be chased after.
This is literally the key to the whole process, if you don't fail you never learn, and you'll never get better.
Something to also consider, that few people think about or realize:
You don't get anything from winning. Sure it feels great, but you're not getting any long lasting, tangible benefits.
Interesting enough, everyone is cool with "learning from your mistakes" or "making an iteration" or "making a change in a better direction". However, when the semantics change to "failure" people are all of a sudden unhappy. The semantics of the others also assume that you've already started. So the way to avoid failure is by starting.
So how does this apply to life?
The only way you can truly fail is if you stop. Like stop stop. Which normally means you laid down and died.
Congratulations, you're alive! You haven't failed yet! There's still time, so get out there and seize the carpe.