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I Am Afraid of Failure

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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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    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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    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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    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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    beautifulc0nfessions beautifulc0nfessions 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 7

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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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    Afraid Of Failure

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

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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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    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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    StraightShemale StraightShemale 18-21, T 1 Response 6 days ago

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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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    Not afraid.Just disillusioned and bored by it.
    KurMujun KurMujun 18-21, M 6 hrs ago

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    I am not afraid of failure. I hate... (passionately)....to fail.. but if you try your heart out... is it really failure? just a thought. ;)
    SKiesterly SKiesterly 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 9

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    The fears and thoughts in my head control me. Why do I have more negative thoughts than positive. One of the fears I have most is school and which major to pick. I'm scared to pick...
    linkingold linkingold 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 7

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    Hi. I am new here, it is my first post. I am a student, I don't have troubles in my studies (not yet), I have a great boyfriend I love and who loves me too. But I have no friends...
    Beingapart Beingapart 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    There are few things worse than being both intelligent and a failure, it's a complete waste but what do you do about it when that's the only accurate way to describe yourself? I...
    AnattheDestroyer AnattheDestroyer 31-35, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    i feel like a loser and a failure,.. I don't know what to do.. God knows I did everything I could
    NostalgicSpirit NostalgicSpirit 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 24

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    I just told the only job I've ever liked that I'm done. Why? My job required me to travel a lot, but paid relatively well. But we still couldn’t pay bills because of the child...
    ia16 ia16 36-40, M Sep 26

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    I'm a Complete Failure & I'm Quitting Bye Guys I'm deleting my ep and even my life too I think u understood , I'm a Loser... Bye Friends Love u all :)
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 28

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    realizing your failures is no easy task. I've been out of high school for almost two years. I have no job. no further education. I have a car payment that I can't afford. I even...
    ecress ecress 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 2

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    I AM SURE THAT MOST PEOPLE FEEL AND THINK PEOPLE SUCCEED DUE TO DESTINY AND A GOOD GUARDIAN ANGEL..BUT I THINK PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUCCEDED HAVE DONE SO ON THE GRIT OF OVERCOMING THEIR...
    romell romell 36-40, M Oct 7

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    Flat ribbon cable for Mercedes Vito dashboard instrument cluster pixel failure repair
    diagnosticobd diagnosticobd 13-15, F Oct 9

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    I ate so much today, I want to lose weight, but I can't because i'm so depressed. And stressed, i keep bingeing .. I'm a failure
    Frappelover Frappelover 13-15, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm afraid that I'll end up alone. I'm afraid of being sad for the rest of my life. I'm afraid of bugs. I'm afraid my mother will get tired of me- that EVERYONE will get tired of...
    queercutie queercutie 16-17, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I don't think people are afraid of falling in love, i think that people are afraid to meet someone who they already have met last year or the last time they broke up with. And the...
    Manuala Manuala 18-21, F Sep 23

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    Not afraid but i don't love anyone. I just love myself, i spend my all time with myself cause i don't like to have any friends, i solve my problems by myself, talk to myself, i do...
    mahdiraza mahdiraza 16-17, M Sep 23

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    I'm afraid that if I ever got together with my crush, people would try to split us up. I'm afraid of ill-willed people spreading rumors and lies about us. I'm afraid of losing the...
    WinterIncandescence WinterIncandescence 16-17, F Sep 29

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    As much as I truly want to experience someone mentally physically emotionally & spiritually. I am so afraid. Afraid of not being enough, if not getting the love right back. I...
    beautifullywrittenambition beautifullywrittenambition 18-21, F Oct 12

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    Don't judge, its really hard, but just think about it before you do. I got judged so much, I am afraid of being myself, everyone thinks I am a lonely introvert, but the truth is, i...
    mariahluh mariahluh 51-55, T 1 day ago

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    I don't think I'm afraid of it, I think I'm afraid of what will happen whilst I'm there. I think it's just the initial fear of trying something new and not knowing exactly what it...
    ChloeMiller ChloeMiller 18-21, F Sep 23

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    Facing a clock on how much time I have left, I'm not afraid to go...I am afraid of not having someone to hold my hand while I pass, but as it grows nearer, I've even started to...
    Dantescircle Dantescircle 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 24

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    I am afraid of being turned down, but I think I am more afraid of being hurt. The few times I've asked a girl out, I felt like I was standing way out on a swaying branch. I mean...
    Hellcat43 Hellcat43 22-25, M 3 Responses Sep 28

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    I am scared of death but mostly it scares me to think where my soul will go. I mean I believe in God and pray to him but I don't go to Church because I work on the weekends so I'm...
    Moonstripe1993 Moonstripe1993 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 29

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    I'm not really afraid of singledom nor am I afraid to be a single parent but with my lack of experience I'm sure it'd drive any guy away. I try to think of the positives about...
    heyitsabike heyitsabike 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 8

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