It’s important to keep playing offense. Sometimes we’re just playing defense—managing, not leading, protecting rather than growing. There’s a big difference between playing to win and playing not to lose. If you’re playing not to lose, then you’re protective of yourself, not taking any risks, and not looking for ways to get better.
If you open yourself up, you have a real chance to grow. Some people don’t want to hear bad news, so they hide from the reality of the situation. You’ve got to look at the facts, be ready to admit the possibility when something is wrong, and learn from it.