High performers tend to hate failure. Some of them hate it so much, they will deliberately not engage if they feel there is a decent chance that it won’t go well.

Sometimes that’s the right choice. None of is made to do everything.

But sometimes it’s the wrong choice. Sometimes (most of the time?) we need to push through the fear and try. And when we fail, try again. And again, and again, and again.

How can you tell? That’s not always easy. Ask a wise mentor who can help you size up the situation. They can often see things that you can’t see–about your own readiness and the task at hand. You might fail. You might not. Either way, you’ll probably learn something valuable.

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:4