When we feel like we're going to get rejected we don't take risks. We'd rather not feel uncomfortable. So we go through the same paths that society has moulded for us. It feels safe.
Even when there are clear opportunities for us to try something new, to go a new way, we don't. We might get rejected.
Sometimes though, we have to go through the hole in the flower pot. Even if we don't know what's on the outside. We might discover, that the sunlight is just a little bit brighter. And the water just a bit more refreshing.