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I Am Afraid of Failure

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    I just spent a couple of hours working on my

    resume and my cover letter which some recruiter will probably review for 15 seconds before tossing it in the trash. I've been at this for months since I graduated last year. I feel like Sisyphus.
    oliviyah oliviyah 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I don't want to alarm anybody,

    but I kind of feel like killing myself.
    deadelions deadelions 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 20, 2015

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    It sucks when you know exactly what to do,

    but you let fear hold you back.
    the1true the1true 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 23, 2015

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    amoosaber amoosaber 26-30, M Dec 17, 2015

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    a letter to myself. you are a terrible person.

    people dont like you. people dont want to hang around you because you are a terrible decision maker and are filthy arrogant. there is a very clear reason women dont want you. its not something as easy as your ugly face. its your dark rotten insides. life isnt for you. its...
    ugolliii ugolliii 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 3, 2015

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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 18-21, F 6 Responses Aug 10, 2015

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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, 2015

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    I want to get married

    and have a family but I'm afraid I'll be a bad father and won't know what to do in certain situations and I'll freeze up.
    Niceguy890 Niceguy890 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    It is not a legitimate fear,

    more like something that I will not allow to happen. I understand that no one can be perfect, but I will be as close to perfection as our species can get. I refuse to be at the same level as everyone else, I am more intelligent than the vast majority of my peers and I will prove...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 4, 2015

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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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    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 2 Responses Jun 19, 2015

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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.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 27, 2015

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    It makes me overthink everything

    and I don't want to let down people or myself so I avoid even trying.
    Ttocs0508 Ttocs0508 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 22, 2015

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    I'm tired of being the one blamed

    for everything. I'm tired of being talked about, looked at or even being in conversations with people who don't care. but mostly im really tired of that I'm tired of living this life. tired of coming home to no one to talk to, I'm tired of wanting to matter to someone. I don't...
    LonelyStreets LonelyStreets 16-17, F Nov 20, 2015

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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 5 Responses Apr 28, 2015

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    I hate driving cars (myself).

    I do not fear myself crushing or being hurt or anything like that, I am continuously making mistakes all the time. It started while taking driving lessons. While driving on a clear, wide, open country road at daylight, my instructor suddenly hit the brake with full force and...
    quirkyowl quirkyowl 22-25, M 3 Responses Jan 8

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    Everyone is telling me

    that it's not worth it to try again because I have failed the first time. I am so discouraged and afraid because i hear it from the people I value the most. I feel like everyone is against me and no one is there to support me.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 4, 2015

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    There are so many things I want to do

    and they all seem so far away, I want to be somebody important, I want to do great things I just don't know where to start....
    Megganleighhhh Megganleighhhh 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 16, 2015

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    My father is really smart

    and successful, he came from a poor home with not much education, but he manage to study a good career in a great university, became the CEO of a huge company and was able to give me a gigantic house and a wonderful education. I study like crazy because I feel that I owe him...
    Macavity311 Macavity311 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 7, 2015

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    Alas, I am exhausted at failing twice.

    This would be a third try.
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 27, 2015

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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, 2015

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    See it's bad when you are like this.

    It makes you become emotional at some points and other times it'll help you because you have that step up of the motivation to be better. I'm like this and it really irks me how it works.
    raiderpride raiderpride 13-15, M 1 Response Nov 2, 2015

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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, 2015

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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 3 Responses Jul 2, 2015

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    I have to take a test

    that I was too cheap to take for my license to teach Special Ed back in 2008. In 2008, I took a class on how to teach reading. Now, I need to take a test on it, but I cannot recall the material. So, I'm going to take an online class on reading for several hundred dollars. Pricey...
    virginialady virginialady 41-45, F Nov 16, 2015

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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 3 Responses Apr 18, 2015

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    I fail so much that I don't want to try.

    I'm so stupid that there isn't a point. I try to study but studying while being a ******* idiot does nothing. Stupid is like a disease that you can't get rid of.
    NoNameKire NoNameKire 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 16

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    so yesterday, my school had a recognition thing

    in which they call out the Top 3 students in every level/grade and i was in the Top 2 among the grade 10 and when i showed my parents, my mum was the only one who had a positive reaction and then my dad went like “why are you only in Top 2 ? You should be in Top 1.” and didn...
    HappyYevs HappyYevs 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 21, 2015

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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 7 Responses Aug 19, 2015

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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, 2015

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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 2 Responses Aug 11, 2015

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    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 27, 2015

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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 6 Responses May 27, 2015

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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, 2015

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    Im scared of failure all the time

    but I'm not scared enough to just give up. I'm not going to stop chasing my passion no matter what people say.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 4, 2015

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 5, 2015

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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 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 11, 2015

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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 18-21, M 4 Responses Nov 6, 2014

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    it's probably one of my biggest fears.

    all in all, it's such a harsh word and it means you've lost. no one likes failure.
    awayfromlife awayfromlife 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 6, 2015

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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, 2015

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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 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 24, 2015

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    Failing someone is probably one of the worst

    feelings you could experience, especially if that someone held you in such a high regard and/or had high expectations for you. It tears you up inside when you don't meet them. For me, I always beat myself up about not meeting expectations so I end up taking a giant hammer to my...
    ApatheticSpark ApatheticSpark 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 22, 2015

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    I put a Reese's and kit kat on a boys desk with

    : have a good day attached along with a smiley face( I like the boy). He says to me;" what's this" and the whole side of the class room is watching and I say its for you. he says," I don't like these and he gives them to some one else...IMA just be alone forever......
    TodayForay TodayForay 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 3, 2015

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    The man who never failed also never achieved a

    thing That's a quote off a film a film I don't know the name off but for some reason I live by a quote off
    WollyWalters WollyWalters 18-21, M Dec 14, 2015

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    I think Winston knew what he was talking about.

    .Fear of failure and responsibilies for others...drives me to succeed..
    Inexperienced3 Inexperienced3 51-55, M 2 Responses Jan 8

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