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I Am Afraid of Failure

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    sometimes i prefer quitting

    or not even trying .. Because I'm so afraid of failure
    Bagh8 Bagh8 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 5

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    Because failure rules us all.

    The wealthy who own rulers. Sold their humanity. To wreck us. For profit. And say man is animal. Not better than animals. So they failed the honest test.
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Apr 16

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    Sometimes my fear is

    so paralyzing. So I do nothing. But by doing nothing I'm sure to fail at something. It's a no win situation.
    Morgue13 Morgue13 31-35, M 2 hrs ago

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    sup510 sup510 51-55, F May 12

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    bored19899 bored19899 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 15

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    When you clawed your way to get something you

    want, the worst that could happen is losing it all in a heartbeat.
    PoutingEnigma PoutingEnigma 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    It's like walking on a rope across Niagara

    Falls. Once you slip your done!
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 3

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    HeterosexualTransexual HeterosexualTransexual 18-21, T 1 Response Feb 28

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    I'm afraid to start anything

    because I hate the disappoint that comes from failing.
    anyerannaed anyerannaed 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 23

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    HazelKey HazelKey 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    blueworldsapart blueworldsapart 16-17, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I have been married almost 5 years.

    My husband daily finds small things to complain about. (Is this my towel on the floor, where did you put-------,sniffing around the house to identify smells like the new candle I bought like it was an offensive smell. At first I would try to fix things. But after a while I...
    OaklandIowa OaklandIowa 46-50, F 6 Responses May 9

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    I have a fear of getting close to people.

    You get close, you get vulnerable. Some people are hard to move on without and it's horrible when they take a little piece of you to take with them. So life goes on and it's just the way that things are. I'm homosexual but I don't let it define me, even if people say I'm born...
    ThatOneChillDude ThatOneChillDude 16-17, M 2 Responses May 7

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    not afraid of the whole failure part

    but really the whole criticism part that comes after... but then again who gives a **** about what the next MF gotta say!
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Apr 26

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    I can't even start anything

    because my brain goes why bother you're going to fail anyway and my body practically shuts down if I even try. I'm sure I'm a disappointment, but I feel that I can't change that. I have very little support. the ones that support me I've never met or live too far for regular...
    xieyuting xieyuting 26-30, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I was at the batting cages earlier,

    and I got hit by the ball, immediately I dropped the bat grabbed my wrist and started cussing out the machine, when I was done cussing out the machine I picked up the bat and started hitting balls again, every time I hit the ball the pain in my wrist increased, but every time I...
    anonymus000 anonymus000 16-17, F May 2

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    If someone sticks by your side during the worst

    times, they're the ones who deserve to be with you during your best times.
    Heartbroken46 Heartbroken46 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 24

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    I try way too much for things people ended up

    calling me pushy or stupid. I may be a dingus, but I know I ain't pushy or bossy
    Atom4815 Atom4815 18-21, M 2 Responses May 17

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    failurepotatoepack45 failurepotatoepack45 51-55, F May 8

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    Im afraid pf failure

    because Im afraid to be judged by people. I think all people would look at me and laugh. Like no one is my friend in this world all of them are my enemies all of them will judge me
    Macymax Macymax 13-15, F 6 Responses May 24

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    So drawing was my firsSo drawing was my first

    love.. I flunked in kindergarten yes you heard it right. Never been the class learner. I discovered a fashion magazine in junior school and was hooked to sketching designs that's how my aesthetic sense sky rocketed. I have always been the very picky about my clothes ever since i...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 20

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    Quite frankly, I'm terrified of failing,

    but mainly in areas of importance/life. I find myself second guessing my decision-making too often for comfort and I always replay decisions in my head along with that, wondering if I should have made a different choice, gone a different route with a thought process, etc. I...
    thx10050 thx10050 31-35, M 2 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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    I am afraid of failing everything.

    My relationship, Failing to start a conversation, Failing to make friends. I always screw something up. The only question is "when will I screw it up?"
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 4 Responses Dec 8, 2014

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    Whenever I finish with school,

    I'm always afraid to find out what my grades are because I'm afraid I'm going to fail.
    AppleGirl22 AppleGirl22 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 23

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    I am afraid of failure

    but just as scared of success. It's a vicious circle. If I know I can probably succeed at something I don't do it because I'm terrified I'll prove myself wrong and experience failure. Conversely if I succeed I fear the work ahead in maintaining my success.
    stormmistress stormmistress 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 30

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    LRose5 LRose5 31-35, F Feb 26

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    I feel like every time something good happens

    to me, something bad always follows. As if my happiness has to be balanced down to a lower level.
    placesivebeen placesivebeen 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 29

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    I have liked this girl

    for over 2 years now and we dont speak often and its like why even botter to love someone who doesnt even care and i wont try to talk to her because im afraid she turns me down
    ShivaAllstar ShivaAllstar 18-21, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    The one thing I do best in life is failing.

    I have let my laziness get in the way. I do have big goals and dreams that I want to overcome. The path that I am on right now is not the very best. I am an only child and I will admit that my parents do spoil me and I have gotten so used to that--that I am comfortable living...
    chelliebean01 chelliebean01 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 26

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    There is this girl that I grew up with

    and always called my best friend, but know we are older she doesn't talk to me at all! What is going on!
    Brooke6813 Brooke6813 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 27

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    I have a few dreams which are seemingly very

    difficult to accomplish.Already having failed in accomplishing many things due to my mistakes.I am afraid but still have hope for future.People discourage me that my dreams are stupid and i have no power or capability to achieve them and they first forcefully ask what i want to...
    GenuineAngel GenuineAngel 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 28

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    Why? Maybe because I always thought

    that I would never be good enough for anyone. Maybe because I always thought I would fail at being a friend to anyone.
    PureLies PureLies 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 28

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    My dad wants me to be a doctor

    and I wanted to be a doctor too, but i'm starting to doubt myself. I'm not good with socializing, i'm kind of a introvert. My memory is pretty bland. I'll only remember things if i study it a lot. My grades are mediocre at the moment. I'm afraid of failing to keep a human being...
    Garcinia Garcinia 16-17, F 6 Responses Apr 26

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    I am am overachiever.

    When I fail at something, I get physically ill. I need to realize that I am not perfect and failure in something is an inevitable part of life.
    sincerelynikki sincerelynikki 31-35, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    well , to start .. i'm actually not a confident

    person , i do care about what people think of me ! like a lot , so i really can't be myself when i go out with my friends or when i met a new person .. it's like i wanna be a perfect person and this is driving me crazy :/ .. it effects not only my social life but also my...
    takwa1 takwa1 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 5, 2014

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    There was this loose brick in the back wall of

    the huge oven my captor for years shouted daily she would put me in for being a f up. She finally shoved me in. That is when I escaped. I am now sleeping somberly, raising joyfully and living freely. Thanking God for loose brick walls. Amen.
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I'm about to embark on a new project

    after one that was met with marginal success and derision. My heart and my mind are gripped with fear. However, I am bouyed by the thought that in spite of those previous failings I am given a second chance. In spite of my fear of abject failure I'm going to give it my all. Wish...
    masterless1 masterless1 31-35, M 6 Responses Apr 29

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    I'm sick of trying...

    When things were going pretty good, everything just turns to be bad again. I can't handle this stress anymore... I have been dealing with situations that have been pushing me to stop trying, to accept my failure and to quit everything now... Everything. I just don't stop, I...
    HowToFixASoul HowToFixASoul 18-21, F 9 hrs ago

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    I am afraid of failure at whatever I do.

    I guess I feel like I have something to prove to all the people who doubt my abilities and because of that I want to succeed at everything and never feel like failure is an option
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 11

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    To be honest, I'm afraid of failure

    because I am prideful. I'm also shy. Every time I want to do something, I wish I could just do it without my brain going, "Hey. Hey. Hey Ezekiel. You're going to regret this. What if the person you talk to thinks you're an idiot? Or maybe... *lists all possible bad things that...
    ezekieljd ezekieljd 16-17, M 4 Responses Nov 6, 2014

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    Exspecially in school.

    I guess I am quite a perfectionist when it comes to homework, tests or just the attitude and reputation. NO!!!! I am not kissing my teachers butt or so. I just do my very best do be good in school and have good results. I hate it so much if I do bad in any kind. Not only I am...
    Julia1600 Julia1600 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 18

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    I have no comment. I don't know what to say.

    Believe me, I would never say, I am clueless. I am never clueless. Sometimes I have been mad at God for making me this way. I am a rainbow. How dare the gays claim the rainbow? I am everything and all things. In me, is the propose of the Creator to serve others. More than...
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F 2 days ago

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    Alas, I am exhausted at failing twice.

    This would be a third try.
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F 6 days ago

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    chickenwrap chickenwrap 16-17, F 5 Responses Jan 2

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    Considering I have failed with life

    so many times and as a failure I'm afraid of myself..
    freedom1608 freedom1608 16-17, F 9 Responses 6 days ago

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    I have a constant feeling

    that I'm not going to have a good life and it most likely will be partly due to self-infliction. I worry about failure constantly but it's led to this part of me that refuses to try anything new or attempt to achieve anything because there's little guarantee of success. I've...
    ForeverInDarkness22 ForeverInDarkness22 22-25, M 6 Responses Feb 17

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    Failure is one of the most things I fear ,

    I do not want to end up as a garbage man or anything , but every time I study or think I want to study I look the other way and start using my phone just surfing the internet even though I know it will not benefit me , I honestly want to become a successful person but somehow I... </