This just occurred to me today, after visiting the webstite for wreck cakes.
For a very long time, I'd visit that hilarious site and thoroughly enjoyed it, and still do now. But I was making myself feel adequate in my level of cake decorating. Telling myself how much better that I was than those goofballs. However much it permitted me to feel superior, it did not permit me to learn anything more, and may have given me the excuse to stay at the level that I was stuck in.
Now I can look at the 'cake disasters' section here and laugh, as I've had enough of them myself. But it was only when I moved away from pampering my feeble feelings and got ahold of my reasoning, that I challenged myself to take those intimidating steps into.....gasp.......gumpaste for example. or......horrors.....tappits.
and the biggest panic of all........Cooked Swiss Meringue Buttercream.......put it off for years. Fear of SMBC, boy it seems absurd now, but there you go.
Good for you ( and your tummy) for facing your fears!