“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”
The amazing thing about great literature is that it still has lessons to offer centuries after it was first published. This is true of playwrights like William Shakespeare, just as it is true of writers like James Joyce. The Irish poet not only entertains through his work, but he also provides some great life lessons.
You may have read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man or Ulysses while going through school, for instance. The former is almost a complete rewrite of a novel Joyce already authored (and even tried to destroy). This largely autobiographical novel demonstrates Joyce’s ability to grow, especially since it is a coming-of-age story to boot.
Yes, there are absolutely risks to taking the road less traveled. Yes, there are risks to being unconventional, but it is only through these learning experiences that you can grow as a person and it is through these “portals of discovery” that you can really unearth the limits of human potential.