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I Am Afraid of Failure

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    I've been always afraid of failure maybe that's

    because most of my family are either engineers and doctors, they always have high expectations for me and I don't want to crush their hopes. When I got accepted for Pharmacy course, they started building plans for the future and what I should do after graduating. So either way...
    ReemNoctis ReemNoctis 16-17, F 6 Responses Aug 10

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    This is one of my biggest anxiety causers.

    Fear of failure. Or, to put it more accurately: fear of consequences from my failure to be perfect. I took a year off, & I think I had forgotten how hard it is to be a teacher. To be a really good one, you have to be aware of & on top of so many things all at once. Keeping on...
    SaundraMae SaundraMae 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 19

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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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    got my exam results next month

    and I'm so worried haha
    annemarieduffx annemarieduffx 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    I'm going to be singing I'm feeling good By:

    Nina Simone For 4th of July in front of my whole town, I'm BEYOND terrified!!!!! I'm playing on the piano and singing at the same time! ANY POINTERS?!?! 0.0
    FindingFate FindingFate 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 2

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    everyone has a fear of faliure we all want

    that taste of success and feel accomplished and be the best at what we do!but there are some days that negativity seems to take a toll an no matter how hard i try u get stressed out about failure..education is key to success push through yes it will get hard it wont be easy but...
    Lightdreamer11 Lightdreamer11 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 4

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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 5 Responses Apr 29

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    Failure should only be feared

    if you haven't the strength to start over again but regardless there you are and the true value of a person is who they are being compared to !
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 2

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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 4 Responses May 9

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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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    When you clawed your way to get something you

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

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    Sometimes, you just have to let go.

    Even if it hurts.😔
    heyjan heyjan 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 15

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    I don't know what to do with my future.

    I don't know whether I should pursue my passion and talent or I should strive for stability; a job and a home. I am so lost and I feel so alone without my parents not discussing this with me.
    sharestry sharestry 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 7

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    Well I have decided to do something in my life.

    I had a talk with my dad today and he told me that many be working in this family business is not for me because I don't show any desire so he told he that I could find jobs towards my career. He told me to think about it and that's what I m going to end up doing: looking for...
    queenbb23 queenbb23 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 11

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    I have a really big dream.

    There are really only three options for this dream: 1) I achieve it and am successful, which is the goal, 2) I end up on the streets, searching in vain for a way to make ends meet, 3) I end up working some 9 to 5, hating my existence. In other words, I have to succeed. There is...
    aliadele aliadele 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 10

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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 1 Response Jan 26

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    We're afraid of failure

    and yet we remain idle like a child who's too afraid to get up to use the bathroom because there's monsters waiting. That's failure. What are we so afraid of? Losing it all? Not succeeding? Wasting our time? Not being good enough? So we play it safe by adhering to the rules of...
    WearOutKyd WearOutKyd 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 10

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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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    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 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 26

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    bored19899 bored19899 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 15

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    I like to call my self an amateur writer,

    but every time I sit down to write and have a good idea, nothing will come out quite like it needs to. I know I can do it, I've written, and finished, a story before. Some how it just refuses me. I truly feel deep in my heart that my writing has a mind of my own. And right now...
    CaptianHarlock CaptianHarlock 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    Three days ago my mom was texting her bf.

    .. With my stepdad in the room! I was so pissed off because my sister just had surgery, I had lived with my grandparents all summer, and mom was only concerned about her bf. I told her "get off your phone. Do you even care about my sister!!!!" She screamed at me and almost hit me...
    happymusic33 happymusic33 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 16

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    im a very perfectionist person

    that i dont want to make mistakes, i always think that im the very best of all.this attitude kills me bcoz of pride i know i can change this attitude but it will take time for me change
    meechdevon20 meechdevon20 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 8

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    I'm debating staying with mbhusband

    and buying a big house or leaving and buying a smaller house. If I live alone, I could have my peace of mind. Divorce can be truamatic. All people don't recover.
    virginialady virginialady 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 15

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    Considering I have failed with life

    so many times and as a failure I'm afraid of myself..
    freedom1608 freedom1608 18-21, F 7 Responses May 27

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    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 27

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    Hello everyone. I hope everyone is doing oky.

    I am not 100% sure why I am going to write this but it's been killing me over the pass couple of months and I would like some advice from someone. I am recent graduate from an university and I am in a point of my life where I know what I want ( or have an idea what I want) and...
    queenbb23 queenbb23 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 6

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    I don't want to blame my parents,

    because I don't like not taking responsibility, but I feel like my parents are part of the reason why I am afraid of failure. My older brother is someone who seems to understand life, knows what to do with the knowledge he learns. I on the other hand am usually kind of lost...
    Annelina Annelina 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 14

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    Ok so far during my life time i got into two

    serious relationships and i screwed both of them it was a total train wreck. I couldn't trust them, when she says it's ok i feel she is mad acting like it's ok, i alwasys explain every thing negatively and women are pretending, so usually i make a big deal out of nothing and...
    comlpicatedguy comlpicatedguy 18-21, M Jun 8

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    My divorce will be finalized soon.

    I'm trying to cope wort the fact that I failed. Maybe I left too soon. Maybe he could've changed. Maybe one day I would've been happy. Just don't really know how to kick this feeling.
    sugarcoat01 sugarcoat01 26-30, F 8 Responses Aug 19

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    some people waste their time explaining the

    reason of their failure but thing is no one cares why you failed they just see you as unsuccessful person no one will excuse you so you better focus all your effort on how to transfer this fail to success no more talking just work on yourself to make yourself better not only to...
    Mind0Reader Mind0Reader 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 1

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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 May 27

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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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    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 5 Responses Apr 26

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    I liked a boy once. He was different from other

    boy that I liked before. He was not my type, but the opposite. Because I can't understand my feeling. I asked God for a sign of he's the one. I asked for 'something that will pour on us' leaves, rain drops or anything. To make sure I it was the sign I asked that he will state...
    heyjan heyjan 22-25, F Jul 11

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    We're about to take our midterm exam starting

    tomorrow. I hope i can pass all the subjects and i can focus and study well my lessons. Please pray for me and may God bless us.
    Rawdha Rawdha 16-17, F 2 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    Alas, I am exhausted at failing twice.

    This would be a third try.
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F May 27

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    I've failed so many times in life,

    I fear that another failure will be my last chance of some level of contentment.
    usernameinneed usernameinneed 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 23

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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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    Not in the sense of not getting right the first

    time, failure is an essential ingredient to success but failure in the sense of been defeated and losing I don't like to lose. It Pays To Be a Winner. Navy seal motto (one of them the other is the easy day was yesterday ) I also like Who Dares Win motto or SASR model based on...
    tornbetween2 tornbetween2 26-30, M 6 days ago

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    Last weekends I had gone to Malaysia

    for company trip with my colleagues. We had play a lot of team games. First game our group fail and the second game we win. I really sad at that movement and I really hate fail. I don't want to feel the feeling again. I want to be a always Winner and want to get first prize.
    Jerrine Jerrine 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 27

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    I got a promotion at work months back,

    and I feel like I haven't adjusted and that I am doing a horrible job. Everyone is super supportive and helps me out, they seem to really like having me. I just can't shake this uneasiness and lack of the confidence to do my best.
    PLisa88 PLisa88 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 4

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    My mom always laughs

    and tells me this story about how when I was little, I refused to draw her pictures. She said I would sit down and cry because my drawings didn't look good enough. No more than 3 years old, and I was already obsessed with this idea of perfect that I had created in my head...
    lindsayannee lindsayannee 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 2

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    I can't please my children.

    My children are brats. They are never satisfied no matter how much I spend or how hard I try to give them a good life. Being a single mother is balancing maternal cooking, cleaning and working outside the home for income with all the chores that men do. Things which my daughter...
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F 6 Responses Jun 5

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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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    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