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I Am Afraid of Failure

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    beautifulc0nfessions beautifulc0nfessions 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 7

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    I Just Need To Be Better

    Even being at the top of my class and having success in a lot of things academically and with sports, I still always feel like a failure and as if I need to compensate.  I never feel good enough.  The only reason I can think that I'm even in the place I'm at is because of my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 4, 2012

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    What If???

    This is what my youth pastor said to me... "I think you're afraid of failure..." I hated the fact that she was freaking right. I don't let myself progress in anything because I think of the negative WHAT IF'S instead of the positive ones. I yearn to try new things, I sincerely...
    jamrillo jamrillo 18-21 Dec 17, 2011

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    Self-revelation

    *Note* This story is copied from my EP blog. I have been gaining weight for the last ten years at a rate of approximately 8 lbs per year for a grand total of around 235 pounds. Over the years I have tried Weight Watchers, the Canada Food Guide, the Glycemic Index, a...
    Alliya Alliya 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 14, 2010

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    If You're Afraid Because You're Unemployed

    I write a lot and most of it - practically all of it - is for different professional organizations and runs in the form of How-Tos, Bossy Exchanges and Theoretical Rants. The following is an example. Tell me what you think!How To Find A Job When There Are NoneThis might help!Many...
    BusinessToday BusinessToday 56-60 Sep 3, 2012

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    Afraid Of Failure

    And yet I fail everything... -_-
    entauri entauri 22-25, M Jun 24, 2013

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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

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    Failing

    Failing,Frightens me more,More than I can say,Often,I'm so close,No wonder,I'm shakin' in my boots!
    startinover1 startinover1 46-50 Jun 29, 2012

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    So...

    Once I get past the point of being afraid of even trying in the first place, I refuse to fail. The trick is, getting started. Overcoming that fear, taking the first step, and going for it. To sell out and not look back.
    ALLEVERWNTD ALLEVERWNTD 31-35, M Aug 14, 2013

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    DoNotMakeMeCry DoNotMakeMeCry 22-25, F Jun 11

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    What Will Happen?

    my dad tells me to become a doctor but for that i need to work hard and i'm scared...what if i could not? i would disappoint everybody.....i don't want to become a doctor but i have to and its so complicated and i worry so much...my mood often gets dull because of this...i can't...
    sidslot16 sidslot16 13-15, F Nov 30, 2012

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    My Chartered Accountant Intermediate result

    will announce on 18/08/14. oh my gosh! I'd not done well I'm confirm that i'll not pass I'm afraid that how to meet my parents? I also afraid how to ready myself to meet that failure and then fight again??
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 14

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    On Trusting Oneself...

    This evening while I was browsing the internet, a picture fell off the wall a few feet in front of me. It was hanging on one of those stick-up wall hangers that aren't supposed to damage the wall paint (don't bother with these; I have a nice big chip of paint missing from the...
    kiuz645 kiuz645 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 2, 2011

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    What Is Failure ?

    I believe that our fright of failure is what stops us from taking action.We delay closing an agreement , delay approaching circumstances because we focus on what we dont want . But little do we know is that what were doing is hurting our chances of success. Success is a result of...
    think2012 think2012 18-21, F Oct 16, 2012

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    Just Totally Afraid

    Have you ever felt like you don't know you fate? Yeah, that feeling mixed with a chance of failing at something terrifies me. I have never really failed at anything. Whenever something would challenge me, I would work so hard that I could satisfactorily approve of my efforts and...
    analyzing analyzing 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 26, 2012

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    Fear Is Getting a Grip On Me

     I am afraid I am falling into the zone of negativity.I am afraid of yet another failure and dejection.I have made enough sacrifices for this already...I have nothing more to give! I just realised fear is disturbing my clarity of thought..Somehow i am not able to go...
    maskedmenace maskedmenace 22-25, M 5 Responses Sep 28, 2009

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    Sometimes I Don't Even Try.

    I am so afraid that I will fail that I tend to avoid anything that might be remotely new and difficult. I am going to TAFE only because I figured that it was a basic course, anyone can pass. I am right, it is pretty basic. I kinda want to be a criminologist but then I worry about...
    bufy1981 bufy1981 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 11, 2009

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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

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    I Got Made Fun Of For This Recently...

    I get bug report from our team lead and I reply "We could do this, but these are the risks" And she replies: "Go ahead if you think IT WON'T BREAK ANYTHING" ... Ok girl. Live a week in my world of psychopathic "likeminds" and then tell me how sure you are that sun rises in the...
    ILoveMarie ILoveMarie 36-40 Jul 16, 2010

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    I hate the fact that I can't accept failure:(

    how I actually make myself accept failure?
    Upsndowns Upsndowns 16-17, F Jan 21

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    I am going to a basketball tryout this weekend

    for team Ontario and I constantly feel like I'm not good enough. I am so happy and nervous that I am going to try out but I'm really scared to fail and not make the team. I'm hoping for the best! Please wish me good luck :)
    wynonav wynonav 16-17, F Mar 26

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    I was so happy. I had a great job with great

    co-workers and I was doing great things in the clubs I'm in and I was doing well in my classes and I was so close to finishing my degree plan. Just the end of this semester and the fall and I'd be done. I'd be on my way to a career and one step closer to achieving my dreams. I...
    BuzzFanatic BuzzFanatic 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    I think I've had this fear

    since at least 6th grade or so. I'm pretty sure it's developed because of my dad's reactions every time I do something wrong or screw up. I can't ever explain myself, nor can I even cry because of how bad I feel for screwing up. I just have to put on a straight face and get...
    hawkwardness hawkwardness 18-21, M Jun 6

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    Aaaand ...

    That's why I don't ever really try. I can't fail if I didn't even try in the first place. But now that I'm at Uni, the defensice mechanism is not helping me one bit. I think that I probably should've had a harder time of it during high school; I always found the academic...
    IdleTraveller IdleTraveller 22-25, F Apr 6, 2010

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    PLEASE ANSWER. When you give your best to

    something, would you expect the best or worst outcome? Best because you know you've given your all or worst because you're afraid you"ll get disappointed in case life will not favor you?
    Spencer024 Spencer024 22-25, F Aug 16

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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

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    I've just accepted that I'm a horrible failure. I am just an expendable piece of society being the average white male. In school were taught that minorities are worth more and that...
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    Whatever I do, I will bound to fail in love and I always do. I believe that 4/5 women I meet everyday will say that they have a boyfriend while the 1 person is married. I spend my...
    CaptainHarlock CaptainHarlock 26-30, M Aug 18

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    Since I started college I started feeling afraid for my future. Somethimes I think I'll never have a satisfying job, or a family of my own, that I'll be a failure. This thoughts...
    Cutterkarma Cutterkarma 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 19

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    I was so proud of my successful corn chowder recipe. It won a blue ribbon at the neighborhood picnic. I guess that's all fine and dandy. So maybe I'm a decent cook and a terrible...
    millions4 millions4 41-45, M 6 days ago

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    Of course I want to excel and I dont want to fail. But what if I did... fail? Im afraid I wont be able to take it. :(
    Spencer024 Spencer024 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 17

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    Ok well I'm 20 I got 4 GCSE's in school and dropped out of college twice so great start. I've always known I was a failure and I have come to terms with it. I mean you can tell if...
    jaymes14 jaymes14 18-21, M 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    My life, my current situation, my love life, my well-being is a failure. Well, it's hard to live this way. But what choice do I have? I don't get to travel and live in another...
    CaptainHarlock CaptainHarlock 26-30, M Aug 19

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    So I am an amateur photographer, with hopes and dreams that I can one day somehow make a living from this thing I love so much... But I am riddled with self doubt and fear of...
    Kiyalee Kiyalee 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 20

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    I am not sure how should I articulate my intimate thoughts and pour the numbing coldness of my heart on a webpage. I am a student from India enrolled in a Doctoral programme. I...
    mimesis25 mimesis25 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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    I need to know that im good enough...that im not a failure...I try to tell myself that..I try to let myself see that I am a survivor..a fighter..that this is not the end..this is...
    genesis99 genesis99 22-25, F 6 Responses Aug 23

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    My husband Johnny and I have been together for 2 years, married for a year and a half. We met through his older brother 2 1/2 years ago and started talking as friends. Neither one...
    ashleymarcia ashleymarcia 22-25, F Aug 28

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    The title says it all. I am a failure in every sense of the word.
    ifearsnowmen ifearsnowmen 18-21, M 3 Responses Sep 5

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    I've lost all ability to connect with other people. I am unable to truly show who I really am to another person because I am sure they will reject me, a set back I'm not sure I can...
    mdifdj mdifdj 22-25, M Sep 5

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    I'm just so tired. I'm a failure, everything I do, is like, bullshit. I wanna be a singer, have my own boyband (I'm a girl and want to be a vocalist for a guys band) But I'm just...
    mariaedwards mariaedwards 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 8

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    " my whole life I've been telling myself don't be afraid and it is only now that I am realizing how stupid that is. Don't be afraid is like saying don't move out of the way when...
    rachnixon rachnixon 26-30, F 2 days ago

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    I am not afraid to let go. I am not afraid to cut negative people out of my life. I am not afraid to love myself because you failed to do so. But I am afraid of never feeling the...
    brokenhearted7108 brokenhearted7108 31-35, F Aug 26

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    I am afraid of dieing without someone. I am afraid to be tortured. I am afraid of my only family member left dieing. I am afraid I will be stupid. Last but notleast I am afraid of...
    ginny1q1q ginny1q1q 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 29

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    Usually people who are afraid of falling in love are those who were left down by their boy/girlfriend. I'm this kind of persons who broke up in a relationship. I had 4 relationship...
    otoumie otoumie 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    All the "friends" I have are locked up in a mind set that was set before them by their parents, religion, television, and sex appeal. They wouldn't dare hit their parents if they...
    LeonardFinch LeonardFinch 16-17, M Aug 20

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    I am afraid of showing my true self to the world... I sincerely show my feeling to my friends but.. I am afraid of being me.. I don't hate me but I'm afraid other people would hate...
    hooncaramello hooncaramello 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 27

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    Once i get my hopes togheter it falls apart , i'm afraid to love people i'm afraid to get my hopes togheter again , i'm afraid that i will expect to much
    ActuallyGrace ActuallyGrace 13-15, F Sep 7

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    i am afraid of rejection thats why i put up with everything you say ... just so i wouldn't end up alone ... no matter how unfair and stupid your demands are i put up with them...
    curiousmoi curiousmoi 18-21, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    I'm not afraid of mirrors I'm afraid of looking into mirrors becuz I know.for fact I'm ugly so when I look in the mirror I feel sad and depressed and ugly and be like...
    ticklon ticklon 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 17

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    My name is mohaaa, am in high school, I like having girl friend but am afraid talking to girls and having fun with them COZ am afraid to be rejected. So can anybody help me out of...
    mabdulle1996 mabdulle1996 18-21, M 4 Responses Aug 21

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