Jack V. Matson writes in his book Innovate or Die that avoiding failure only leads to just that:
The safe paths are available. I can construct plans which avoid risks. But my spirit and soul would be dormant, eventually even die. I wanted to discover my most creative talents and ignite my imagination. I am an innovative human existing in the unknown, and moving in multiple paths which are loaded with peril, dead ends, and hardship. I have sufficiently adjusted to like the dark passageways. It’s the adventure of living, of being a curious, alive human being…Teddy Roosevelt said it best, “It is far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.”
Finding your place in the Story isn’t always easy, but what is the alternative?