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I Am Afraid of Failure

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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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    When me and my ex broke up it really screwed me

    up. I can't handle failure well and a break up is like saying I failed that person
    UnderDragon UnderDragon 16-17, M 2 Responses Dec 9

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    beautifulc0nfessions beautifulc0nfessions 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 7

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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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    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 22-25, F Oct 16, 2012

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    You got a big mouth friendzone.

    that's why...All you tube sabotage duplicates too us and boyfriend protector gave us Dan Louie tracks What she told h this morning we have......she's a failure in the hacking world
    letsgo2234 letsgo2234 51-55, F 2 Responses Nov 23

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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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    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

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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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    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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    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 want to become a psychiatrist

    but I'm afraid I won't pass high school
    captaindani captaindani 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 4

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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 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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    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 1 Response 1 day ago

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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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    Hello. So I am a medical student in my 2nd year

    (2/5) having already graduated with a biology degree. So far I have really not enjoyed medicine. I have really struggled going from one degree to the next - I have struggled with my motivation (non-existent) towards study, being with students who have just left school (I know I...
    Tonks90 Tonks90 22-25, F Dec 5

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    Am a final year MD resident n I hv my exams in

    4months....I am going crazy because I just can't focus n study. It doesn't help that my colleagues don't like me very much treat me as if I am invisible ūüėĒ
    5anu 5anu 26-30, F 5 Responses Nov 20

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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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    Failure is hard. I am

    so afraid that i will fail because of some of the people of my family and my real mom that put me down and was so hash to me and her mom as well. However I have a wonderful step mom that is not like this that stepped it when I was around 10 and I call her mom. But that being set...
    jessconn81 jessconn81 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 1

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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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    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

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    StraightShemale StraightShemale 18-21, T 1 Response Oct 17

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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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    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 1 Response Jun 11

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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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    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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    Afraid Of Failure

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

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    Because of the family I come from,

    I have the fear that I'll end up like them. I finish college in a couple months, but I'm scared that afterward I'll **** up everything I have.
    MariaSmiles17 MariaSmiles17 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 29

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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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I miss home...I want too go back:( but I know I can't...it would mean I am a failure and it would be an embarrassment too my family...
    ThatLatinChick20 ThatLatinChick20 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 4

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    I haven't really DONE anything with my life. I'm 45 years old...I don't have a job. I should have gone to college & gotten a career. I should have done this or that...but can't...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 7

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