Has our society taught us that failure is the worst thing that can happen to us in life? I believe that failure is inevitable in life. There comes a time when something you have done is a failure so we can either hide and sulk in our sorrows or we can learn from our failures.
Here is a great video of Seth Godin interviewing Richard Branson on the subject of failure.
My father is a brilliant business man and he taught me a long time ago that if I never failed it meant I never tried and there is nothing worse than never trying.