The ancient Roman Seneca said, “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”
How many times do we talk ourselves out of trying? How many things could we do it we didn’t start by thinking we couldn’t? How many things would we enjoy if we didn’t begin by thinking we didn’t? How many times does opportunity knock but we don’t answer because we can think of something that might go wrong?
I’m pretty sure people can learn to dare, to try new things with an open mind. One of my best friend’s daughter has this attitude, and so does he, so it probably can be learned by example. (They tried surfing lessons together recently. ) There’s no guarantee that something we try will work, but a can-do, have fun attitude certainly makes things easier. And there are costs and risks to anything (my friend considered them even if his 5th grade daughter didn’t much.)
Consider costs and risks, and decide if something is worth time and energy. Small steps are good, too. And dare.