Observing my kids through the years in their academic education I noticed they hated to make mistakes. Many times some of them would go off in a huff because of missing a math problem or not spelling something correctly. In fact, you could almost be assured that they would be affected for a little while after making a mistake.
In the business world I think it is just the same. A business makes a mistake in buying or selling or maybe making a hiring mistake. It affects that business.
Why do I bring this up? The pressure to be right and the self-imposed disposition for everything to go smoothly and easily has caused us as a society to become fearful of taking risks. But, I've found that those mistakes are some of the greatest lessons in my life. My favorite reading is self help books and character quality building books and without exception making mistakes and learning from those mistakes and overcoming the fear of risk is common in all of them.
Personally has fear or failure ever caused you to withdraw from an activity that might have grown you? Overcoming our fears and being willing to make mistakes can either push us forward or hold us back. I want to move forward.
Are you a risk taker? Does the fear of risk freeze your progress? What are some ideas and methods you have found to overcome fear?