This essay about risk-taking in America by Lee Habeeb and Mike Leven really caught me by surprise: very well crafted and a great message, too. (thanks to Rich T for the link!)
“But to really know glass, to get a sense of its strength, you must break it,” wrote [Fortune's Ryan] Bradley. “So someone bends and hammers and sometimes throws baseballs at the glass until it scratches or cracks or shatters.”
The glassmaker then studies the fractures, which reveal the glass’s secrets. Glass fails, Bradley wrote; the researchers then learn from the failure, and the cycle repeats. And improves. Glassmakers know that from failure comes strength. And there is no failure without risk. There is no growth — no success — either.