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I Am Afraid of Failure

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    LRose5 LRose5 31-35, F Feb 26

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    I recently got a request from my sister in-law

    to draw her a logo. I've been drawing for quite some time but I can't pull this together no matter how hard I try. What if I fail, what if it will be too late when I'll draw it, what if she won't like it. Drawing was a stress relief thing for me, now it's making me stressed...
    kiraikou kiraikou 16-17, F Jun 22

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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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    When you clawed your way to get something you

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

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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'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 5 days ago

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    Sometimes my fear is

    so paralyzing. So I do nothing. But by doing nothing I'm sure to fail at something. It's a no win situation.
    Morgue13 Morgue13 31-35, M 2 Responses Jun 2

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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

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    Being the not so smart one between what seems

    like two geniuses for sisters is so hard! They say they're constantly pointing out my failures because "they care." But is that really why? Because to me it just feels like all I ever hear is "you're a failure, just give up already!" A 20/30 might seem like failure to them, but...
    ethai20 ethai20 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    I thought I'm really good at my job

    and now I realise I forget a lot. People are expecting a lot from me and I cannot deliver properly. I'm new but got hired because they thought I'm very good. I am now feeling that I'm a complete loser and a let down!
    wineinsilence wineinsilence 31-35, M 3 Responses Jun 12

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    I have liked this girl

    for over 2 years now and we dont speak often and its like why even botter to love someone who doesnt even care and i wont try to talk to her because im afraid she turns me down
    ShivaAllstar ShivaAllstar 18-21, M Jun 1

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    so afraid of it yet I'm extremely close to it.

    I just don't know what to do
    playr435 playr435 22-25, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    HeterosexualTransexual HeterosexualTransexual 18-21, T 1 Response Feb 28

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    These things you had no idea of did you?

    I have failed at so many things, my children have been kind to me to let me fail.
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F Jun 7

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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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    How is it fair of me to ask?

    How can I ask for something that I had at one time but didn't do anything with it? I didn't want to hurt her but In the end I did! I hurt her by being so hidden inside myself.
    itwaslikemagic itwaslikemagic 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 13

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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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    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 5 days ago

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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 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 6 Responses Apr 26

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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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    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 5 Responses Jun 4

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    She wants to be my friend first?

    How do you do that if we just broke up? How do you not get in secure from her talking to her exes from before?
    itwaslikemagic itwaslikemagic 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    bored19899 bored19899 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 15

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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 6 Responses Apr 29

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    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 27

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    I start college this fall.

    I've never been a particularly bad student, but I've always just gotten A's and B's. After everything I've gone through with my parents in high school (fighting galore) it's important to me that I get the best grades possible to get the best job(s) possible. I'm terrified that...
    caaanty caaanty 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 6

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    I'm sick of trying...

    When things were going pretty good, everything just turns to be bad again. I can't handle this stress anymore... I have been dealing with situations that have been pushing me to stop trying, to accept my failure and to quit everything now... Everything. I just don't stop, I...
    Undecodable Undecodable 18-21, F Jun 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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    Considering I have failed with life

    so many times and as a failure I'm afraid of myself..
    freedom1608 freedom1608 16-17, F 7 Responses May 27

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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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    I can't even start anything

    because my brain goes why bother you're going to fail anyway and my body practically shuts down if I even try. I'm sure I'm a disappointment, but I feel that I can't change that. I have very little support. the ones that support me I've never met or live too far for regular...
    xieyuting xieyuting 26-30, F 2 Responses May 27

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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 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 11

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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 6 days ago

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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 2 Responses Jan 26

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    Why? Maybe because I always thought

    that I would never be good enough for anyone. Maybe because I always thought I would fail at being a friend to anyone.
    PureLies PureLies 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 28

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    I have no comment. I don't know what to say.

    Believe me, I would never say, I am clueless. I am never clueless. Sometimes I have been mad at God for making me this way. I am a rainbow. How dare the gays claim the rainbow? I am everything and all things. In me, is the propose of the Creator to serve others. More than...
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F May 31

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    It's terrible how I hate my work,

    because I can't help myself. I can help all these people. Hundreds and hundreds of people, but I can't help myself. Another is darker; fine. You're in pain daily. I'm sorry, but if I could describe the intensity of my emotional pain now, I would surpass your physical pain. I...
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F 1 Response Jun 8

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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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    most of the time I believe I will fail.

    ... but I am scared to do so.... I do not try my best any more because when I do I fail.... I am stuck. Help?
    RavenTheWolf RavenTheWolf 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 18

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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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    There was this loose brick in the back wall of

    the huge oven my captor for years shouted daily she would put me in for being a f up. She finally shoved me in. That is when I escaped. I am now sleeping somberly, raising joyfully and living freely. Thanking God for loose brick walls. Amen.
    jaymepopejoy jaymepopejoy 56-60, F May 26

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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...
    saundra04 saundra04 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 19

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    I do not know how to chat with ppl.

    I do not have interesting topic that I can talk. Sigh...
    fitwealth fitwealth 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 12

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    I'm pretty sure I bombed an interview this

    morning. I tried to be prepared but my anxiety was out of control. I feel like I'm totally failing my family.
    ta2s4me2 ta2s4me2 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 19

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    My addiction is running strong,

    it's crept back in. It does this as I face the realities of 8 years of misdirection. A degree course falsely chosen, not acknowledging my gifts of working with the human mind. I fear acknowledging this past, the reality that I have spent so much of my Dad's hard-earned, racked...
    cloudsoflife cloudsoflife 26-30, M 6 Responses 5 days ago

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