When I was first learning the basics of go, motivated by the frustration of losing many stones, I asked of my friend who was teaching me, why should I not just make a small living group with two eyes and then cautiously extend outward one stone at a time, keeping everything solidly connected in order to avoid losing any stones to capture.
He explained to me that while that strategy would prevent losing any stones, it would also be very slow at making territory and hence I would quickly fall behind compared to an opponent that played more efficiently and ambitiously, even if that comes at the cost of keeping their stones less safe.
Consider this game, where white and black have each played six moves:
Black has an unconditionally living group and secured a small amount of territory in one corner. Even though white’s stones are spread out, they should still have no trouble later connecting up and making enough eyes to live. More importantly, those stones are very strong in exerting influence and claiming territory over a much larger area of the board. In fact, it would be very difficult (requiring a major blunder by white) for black establish any living stones or claim any territory in the entire upper-left half of the board. Hence, white is in a winning position with a very large advantage over black.
The central challenge of go strategy is figuring out the proper balance between ambition and safety as one tries to efficiently build up territory. If we build too slow and safe, we might not even seek to claim enough territory. If we build too fast and reckless, we might not be able to hold onto all that we claim as the stones we lay down get threatened and killed. It’s not easy to get it right, but this balance between speed and safety should always be on our mind.
On another point, I would recommend avoiding playing against bots too much. The weak bots generally have predictable, glaring flaws that one would soon recognize and easily exploit. Hence, playing too much with them might have the negative effect of reinforcing bad habits. Human opponents will each have their own strengths and weaknesses, but you will encounter a broader range of skill and styles that will teach you more. Even if you play the same human many times, they may also learn from their own mistakes, so while two people can benefit from mutual learning, the strategy and style of play will also not become stale.