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I Am Afraid of Failure

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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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    chickenwrap chickenwrap 16-17, F 5 Responses Jan 2

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    Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be

    on the voice and be on team Christina but I have strange fright so even today at a older age I still have that freight and my mom tells me I should follow my heart but I'm to afraid
    Lillyanna123456789 Lillyanna123456789 13-15, F Mar 18

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    bored19899 bored19899 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 15

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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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    I am afraid of failure.

    The thought of it holds me back from doing my best. I wish I was more outgoing and not afraid. I'm pretty much at the point of not caring about anything and being neutral towards a lot of things. All I really want in life is to be successful. I just don't know how to get there.
    khokho204 khokho204 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 8, 2014

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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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    Well I guess everyone's mad at me right now.

    2 of my exes are mad at me, one of them is mad because I spent some time with someone she doesn't like and the other ex is mad at me for doing drugs even though it's only pot. And then one of my closest friends is mad at pretty much everyone but I ticked her off yesterday. I...
    butterflysaviors butterflysaviors 16-17, F Dec 10, 2014

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    beautifulc0nfessions beautifulc0nfessions 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 7, 2014

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    ajeetsh1987 ajeetsh1987 26-30, M Jan 28

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    I loved once in the way i would never do again,

    i can fall in love but never like the first time, i just wonder if i should Wait to feel more happy Then the first time Or If i would never ever reach the same high feelings for anyone else?!! That means Ill be a brokenheart forever?!
    keroo keroo 26-30, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    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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    Day in and day out, I save myself the

    embarrassment of failure by simply staying at a distance. Not moving up. I can read a verdict before it's even been handed down. You can claim all you'd like that it's all about attitude. Well, f uck you. Some of us aren't fu cking built like the rest of you. I read the little...
    LifeIsBeatingMe LifeIsBeatingMe 26-30, M 2 Responses Feb 12

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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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    All I can think about is my future.

    Only hoping for the best. I'm not afraid to fail, but I am nervous about the risk of my life turning upside down. This is my first year of college and it's not going good. What happened to my need to succeed? I keep asking myself that. My study skills aren't the best anymore and...
    trulyspoken trulyspoken 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 26

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    So i used to be here long time ago.

    . Amyway im unhappily married now for almost 30yrs. Met my husband when i was 14 now im 44 been 9 yrs without sex & very unhappy and misserable have gain 50pounds i was 145 now 200 pounds the last 3yrs of my marriage been awful, but it got worsed & really hit me when my daughter...
    britefutureahead2 britefutureahead2 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 15

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    I am afraid of failure in almost every context

    I think. I am a writer who is afraid to write because I am afraid that people will not like it. More importantly, I am afraid they won't like it because I somehow failed to adequately communicate the my point to them. I am afraid to do anything especially proactive socially...
    Franklee206 Franklee206 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 25, 2014

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    HeterosexualTransexual HeterosexualTransexual 18-21, T 1 Response Feb 28

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    I can only imagine what I could have done

    if not for fear failure or to let my family down. I've wasted years earning a college degree and living at home now 30. All I ever wanted to do was move to CO and see how far I could take skiing in my life. Skiing is probably the only thing I have ever been good at. Cause...
    M0ose M0ose 26-30, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    There are so many different things I want to do

    with life. Want to really be in the fashion field also bar tending but I have this weird way of thinking . I even get job offers but I never go after them . I don't know what I'm afraid of ? Does anyone else feel like this???
    Lolabeautyy Lolabeautyy 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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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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    never want to let anyone down,

    always want to be number 1...( bad bad bad) cause u can never be number 1...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 10

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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...
    JamieDaveJ JamieDaveJ 16-17, M Feb 22

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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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    Starting a new life both closes

    and opens too many doors.
    Kkgunny Kkgunny 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I always choose the 'safe' option

    and tend not to take risks because I don't want to fail at something and I know this has held me back from some probably great opportunities. Also think my upbringing has something to do it too.
    Mikino Mikino 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 3

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    often, when a person is afraid to fail,

    the person is usually very successful. when they do fail, they feel like the whole world will end because they did fail. no. everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect. 😹 miley cyrus quote right there
    unfairlives unfairlives 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    I feel like I am expected to be a perfect

    person in my family. I am the oldest out of 2 other siblings and people at home and at school seem to think of me as a failure. It's been my biggest fear since I was 3 and it's starting to come true. I feel like I'm losing a lot and I'm alone in this perfect life everyone seems...
    theultimatesashacourtney theultimatesashacourtney 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 20, 2014

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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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    You're not your mistakes.

    That's what I'm slowly learning
    sayhellotothebadguy sayhellotothebadguy 18-21, M Feb 11

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    this seriously haunts me nearly everyday.

    wondering if I'm doing well, if I am actually living life. am I living it to the fullest or fulfilling my 'destiny'; whatever that may be. it plagues my existence. I just want to be doing the right thing.
    niafiend niafiend 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 27

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    oh my god, today i had swim regional's.

    I was so scared i was going to have a panic attack in the 200, i was afraid i was gonna disappoint everyone on my team. I placed 3rd (out of 7) so i guess i didn't do that bad. we have states soon and I'm afraid i wont make it, yikes!
    Nightlover223 Nightlover223 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 14

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    I don't like doing things wrong.

    I prefer perfection.
    youngkinyteenmom youngkinyteenmom 18-21, F Feb 11

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    I'm frantically cramming

    for an exam I am sure I'm going to fail. I hate to admit it's just too much, too hard, and too little time. I'm sure other students are getting on just fine so maybe it's me. I'm really trying and I'm really disappointed.
    LillBills LillBills 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 21

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    I am a perfectionist.

    The smallest "failures" can ruin my day, sometimes my week. Some people say, "that could have been so much worse" and move on. Who are these wizards??
    diggadog diggadog 22-25, F Jan 30

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    GagaDelRey GagaDelRey 18-21, T 1 Response Feb 28

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    I didn't know that one day I will lost my job

    because of my anxiety and I didn't know that I will have anxiety. And starting my life from the start is so hard. I'm afraid of failure, I'm afraid that my life is over and posibilities was only in my past.
    perrilive perrilive 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 13

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    HazelKey HazelKey 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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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.
    AcousticAnne1 AcousticAnne1 26-30, F 2 Responses 1 day 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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    Everytime i fail it makes me feel worthless

    and in the wrong place and that i will never find the path of success
    Potchii Potchii 22-25, M Mar 1

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    LRose5 LRose5 31-35, F Feb 26

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