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It's a little counterintuitive, but occasionally giving yourself "safe projects" to work on where you're bound to fail is sometimes the best way to learn.
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+mary Zeman this is where my thinking for getting out of bed when I know I can't handle it comes from.
I have always believed in trial and error. Actually more error.
Most of the time I come upon the solution to a problem accidentally.
Especially true with technology, I didn't take any courses, just sort of dove in head first. 
I feel better already!

Seriously, I've long thought my habit of jumping in WAY over my head was a personality flaw of some kind--and suspected it wasn't. This is a nice confirmation.

If that's the kind of person you are, then falling off of some metaphorical horse isn't really defined as a failure.

One of my heroes, Mark Twain, put it this way, "A man who carries a cat by its tail learns things he can learn no other way."

Or Carlin: "If you set out to fail, and you succeed, what have you done?"

I don't care what the answer is. I've long been tired and a little disgusted by our increasingly risk averse world, and I've learned to ignore it. 
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