Perfectionism is a sham. ‘Failure’ can be a really good thing. I appreciate you referencing how naiveté worked in your favor. I think about that a lot. So often, my ignorance has helped me try things or ask questions that those with more experience might scoff at, and through that, I have found answers.
One of my favorite quotes: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan.