If you aren’t failing, you aren’t trying.
Fear of failure is everything (that stifles creativity and greatness). Every valuable lesson was learned through failure. Every single one.
It’s not all about failing in a safe environment, either. You have to actually fail. If something is worth striving for, it’s worth failing for; it often takes failing a time or two or a two hundred times to eventually succeed.
Teachers and parents need to learn this lesson. Without failure, no one ever learns resiliency. Without resiliency, no one has ever succeeded.
Success and failure are balanced and reciprocal states. But, if you don’t get that, if you are resilient, then failure will be terminal.