Failure in our more ground-level pursuits may not threaten death, but it may certainly forever change our trajectories. Everyone sometimes has to work without a metaphorical rope.
Anyone who has ever attempted to play a musical instrument will eventually reach the dreaded plateau. The state where you feel like you’re treading water, and progress seems to stop dead in its tracks. However, it’s important to recognise the beauty of this metaphor is that plateaus are, first and foremost, high ground. From a plateau, however long and flat, we can see both the valley below and the next peak in the distance.