I've just finished reading Kim Cattrall's book - Being a Girl. Its different than other self help books I've read, and it really struck me. Here's an exerpt from her section on persistence:
'When you're younger, it seems like the world is filled with accomplished people who seem to have limitless confidence and endless supplies of self esteem. I'm learned, that is not the whole story. Behind every achievement - whether its an Olympic gold medal, a weekly paycheck, or a well-cooked meal - lies a story rich in mistakes, experimentation and failure. We all make mistakes. The point is to learn as much as you can from them... If you've never failed, it might mean that you've never tried anything new, never attempted to push past your limits, or challenged yourself. If you think of failure as the end, then you've really lost. If you think of failure as a beginning, you're that much closer to your next success - even if it means making a few different choices along the way.'
"It's better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are all part of the dues one pays for a full life." -Sophia Loren