Waiting for approval has been an ingrained process in our life. We seek approval from everyone around us before embarking on anything that is considered risky .
Seeking approval is often a way of bringing the past and doubts back into the planning for future. It is about acting cautious at those junctures where boldness may be needed. “Once bitten twice shy” is what sums it up.
The fact that, past often hurts more than it helps, it is better to identify the relevant and discard the irrelevant. Experience need not act as the only driver in doing something new.
The prospect of pleasure is often less rewarding that the promise of easing pain. That is why more products are created for easing pain than enhancing happiness.
It is simply quite difficult and time taking to create something that seeks to increase happiness .
That is where experience wins over new ideas. That is where the future yields to pasts. Because future is unknown and is thus presumed to be scary ( from our tendency to flight or fight). Thus the whole point of seeking approval rests on the fact, that everyone has been informed and now if one takes risk , he or she has probably everyone on board.
While I am not saying that being reckless or taking risks without oversight is good but depending on approval of others before making a decision that one feels right is simply not effective. History is full of examples of innovation where scientists/engineers/common people have gone against the grain to do something , they believed in.
Experience is for learning from our well wishers. The moment though we allow experience to become our master , we lose sight of what is new and exciting. Let experience and approvals be our guides and not our controllers.