I Worry About Being a Failure

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    how do i stop failing?

    I have an answer, but i am not so sure if it's just what i need. i have a problem in keeping my head in the game. i just get distracted. i just get swayed by temptations. i always fail. and i just keep and keep on failing. be it anything. i can even hardly name my instances of...
    hummingtree hummingtree
    18-21, F
    Jan 18, 2015

    When it comes to grades,

    being a failure is my worst fear. I can't afford to fail. Studying, reading, making time to relearn and just do the damn work to pass useless classes. Why's this important only for eighteen years of my life? No idea.
    Kkgunny Kkgunny
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 15, 2015

    This year at school I'm doing a special program

    that allows me to do both my 8th and 9th grade years in one so the I can skip to tenth and my mother was so happy that I got this opportunity so I had no choice but to do it even if it meant leaving my friends behind, the biggest problem about this though is that I'm afraid that...
    Nightfang109 Nightfang109
    16-17, M
    Jul 23, 2014

    And This Is How Life Happens

    Well the good part is that I'm really smart.  The bad part is that I rarely use it to my advantage.  I have plenty of enthusiasm to start things.......but rarely do I manage to actually finish anything that requires any real patience or lengthy commitment.  I...
    kllylaugh kllylaugh
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Sep 10, 2008

    My messed up head part 2 So

    now to 2005 I have all this gay stuff in my head I am celibate and technically a 35 year old virgin I am stuck in my dead end job and I live with my mother , I barely have any friends as most of them have met women and settled down . I am a loner who never goes out and I have...
    defoekeane defoekeane
    36-40, M
    1 Response Dec 14, 2013

    I Am Always Worried About I...

    I am always worried about it.  My life is not on the path I want it to be on, and not even a path that's a good alternative.  I see that as already failing. I know it is up to me to find the path that is right, and that is what I am trying to do with starting my new...
    institches1981 institches1981
    26-30, F
    Apr 22, 2008

    I am in a rut i admit that.

    I was happy enough up to 20 years old , I was a normal boy i didn't go to university which socially maybe was bad for me. I got a job in a male dominated environment and stayed there for 20 years. 20-40. So I did not meet many women. I used to go out between ages of 20-23 and...
    defoekeane defoekeane
    36-40, M
    Dec 14, 2013

    I mean, I'm really smart,

    I'm good in school, but, if anything at all goes wrong, I flip out! I took a quiz in math and got a 96! Sounds good right? Not for me! I always get 100's in math! I broke down in the girls bathroom because of it!!! I don't know how to stop worrying or, OMG, like, a month ago, I...
    HeavenElizabeth6262 HeavenElizabeth6262
    16-17, F
    1 Response Feb 18, 2015

    I always worry about my future,

    if it is successful or a failure.Most people want to be successful, we all want to be better than others. We all want to make someone proud including making yourself proud. To be the best, we sometimes need to fail. Failure what feeds us to success. Many successful people like...
    LoverBoyMike LoverBoyMike
    22-25, M
    Jul 5, 2014

    Its hard being in a class filled with people

    much smarter than you, and who still get good grades no matter how little they study. I feel like such a dummy all the time, and sometimes inferior to most of them. - Trying my best to radiate positive vibes.
    beniebenie beniebenie
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 23, 2014

    I feel like a failure.

    I am 25 years old and the only career I have, is as a Nanny. I do not even do that right(I mean I am great at it) because I do not make enough money and I have trouble getting clients. Truthfully, it isn't even what I want to do. I love kids, but I wanted to be a counselor, but...
    BrokenWander BrokenWander
    26-30, F
    Dec 30, 2014

    Which Is Worse

    I'm equally worried about being a sucess as I am of failing. I'm worry about failing because its all I ever do. I just fake the rest really really well. It can paralyze me and while I know where it stems from, I don't have any way to alleviate it.
    magmaker magmaker
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2010

    I have been so busy and jam packed this last

    month and will be for the run up for Christmas!! Moving house in 5 days with the 7 other members of my family, constant coursework and projects to complete and balancing 2 jobs to pay for university equipment and trips! One thing i have learnt over the past few weeks is that...
    generationlover generationlover
    18-21, F
    Dec 2, 2014

    What if you got G on GCSE English?

    Which I failed From secondary school and do you get college on this if you applied to it cause my dad said I can't and I feel so hopeless on this please someone help on this I so want to go on college and do my best on it ?
    narinagrg narinagrg
    22-25, F
    Nov 9, 2014

    I've Worried About Failing and I've Failed

    But really in the end I did not fail.  I learned so much from my failures that in the end these failures were major successes.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Feb 12, 2008

    The ones that said that they will never hurt

    you they are the ones that hurt you the most
    noody123 noody123
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Feb 15, 2015

    Does it not scare you thinking of what you will

    be five years to ten years from now? Does it not worry you if you end up poor? Does it not bother you if you really are doing really good in terms of handling your life, making decisions, planning, organising etc etc. I think this is a middle 20 crisis. I feel so scared of not...
    iamnotshy iamnotshy
    Jul 23, 2014

    Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up.

    People start out with lots of potential and no accomplishments. It seems like I am losing potential by the day, and yet I am not growing as fast as I would have liked. I think that I might have peaked already. I know that many people say this about themselves, but my...
    DamageCtrl DamageCtrl
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Apr 16, 2010


    messed up times make you think about crazy things.... in my case,messed up times ARE what get me thinking....get my brain functioning.... and today made me think about God....yet again..... i know so many atheists....they seem so convinced that there's no such thing as God...
    Mammy Mammy
    36-40, F
    1 Response Apr 30, 2008

    Too Late For Me

    I don't have to worry about being a failure because I am one already.  I have fail in everything that I have tried except college and getting a job and I got the job with help. Every venture has ended in failure even my relationships are unstable at best and it is my fault.
    jc2009 jc2009
    41-45, M
    8 Responses Apr 4, 2009

    The End Is Near

    I only have two more years of High School left ahhh!!All of the seniors have been freaking out about college all year so far and its making me sooo nervous.Must go to Ivy league...
    MyEyesGlitter MyEyesGlitter
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 21, 2012

    At Almost Everything!

    Today, it is a low day for me.  I had a "fight" with an EP friend, I might have hurt another's feelings unintentionally, I have been struggling with identity issues and the stress of it has been bubbling over into my life (family) lately, I am confused about some...
    DorothyofOz DorothyofOz
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Apr 4, 2009

    I Want to Be Something, Do ...

    I want to be something, do something worthwhile. At least once a day I have mini, internal panic attack that life is rushing past me and I'm doing nothing to catch up. My mom tells me that's just how I interpret stress in my life. She's probably right... Hopefully.
    TheyAteThemselves TheyAteThemselves
    18-21, F
    Apr 22, 2008

    This Sprial.

    So, I'll start by saying, I have planed my entire life around going to college and getting a steady job. Ever sense I was five years old. But once I got into high school, I began to have a lot more fears about succeeding. This year (my sophomore year) they seem to have risen. You...
    Godzillaisdamn Godzillaisdamn
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 12, 2011

    I Worry About Being A Failure.

    So far, it felt good. Things were going in the right direction. I felt the need to Live not just for my kids but for the sake of living. I have had a dream to see the world, to reach out to people and to make a connection. To feel that I have achieved something, something out of...
    deleted deleted
    Oct 22, 2012

    I just stopped trying,

    at everything.
    smokeandbone smokeandbone
    22-25, F
    May 20, 2015

    Sometimes I feel like I'm lonely in this world.

    #allblackeverything 😖
    narinagrg narinagrg
    22-25, F
    Nov 12, 2014

    I do have social problems sexual

    problems Identity problems and it is all breaking me. I am 43 male live in UK and technically a virgin. I suffer from depression anxiety nervousness I just think too much. I am very alone , most of my friends have met women and settled down and I am pretty much a loner, I have...
    defoekeane defoekeane
    36-40, M
    1 Response Dec 14, 2013


    ...I sometimes think that there is a different life that I can make for myself without having to go through the system of perfection by the education arena. I do have a dream that I will succeed without tearing my eyes out in every examinable word but its not meant to be. I find...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Jan 17, 2011


    only thing and only way I can prove to be a winner or stay a winner I should say is by education and what I achieve via my academic accomplishment… I'm forever showing people that I am clever, got a full understanding of what society/ reality is really like and know right from...
    LittleMilwee LittleMilwee
    22-25, F
    Dec 19, 2013

    If You Feel This Way 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 None This might help...
    BusinessToday BusinessToday
    1 Response Sep 3, 2012

    It Scares Me

    I have work all week and classes at night. Sometimes I dont really know what for? I spend so much time thinking that if i mess up I wont make it anywhere in life. Im so afraid I will pass up opportunities just so that I can focus on school and in the end school will have taken me...
    babygirl87 babygirl87
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 13, 2007

    I've made a lot of stupid choices in my life.

    Most days, I don't worry about being a failure, I feel as if I already am. There are days I get up and I feel motivated to do something, even if it is the smallest change, but something inside me stops me. Most of the time it's my nasty procrastination habit, but depending on...
    Mj13ahestrella Mj13ahestrella
    26-30, F
    Aug 13, 2014

    Well let's start off here .

    I've been adopted since I was 5 hours old . My older sister was adopted too and my mom that adopted me has 4 other kids. My older sister taylin (that was adopted) is 20 she's constantly stealing my moms stuff, taking alcohol , fighting with my mom and bringing random people in...
    MiaSnider MiaSnider
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 23, 2014

    ...Not anymore

    ...succeeding was my gateway to freedom from my family life and through the tears, constant revision and hard work my freedom 'ticket' became nearer. After a while I came to realize that I wasn't trying to 'be the best' for my own happiness but for others especailly my mother...
    sixteenth sixteenth
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 25, 2011

    I think, this is my biggest problem.

    Whenever I try to do something, I just fail. I just can't help but get lost w/ temptations. I just can't focus on my goal. I remember when I was still a child. I was pretty well in almost everything. I really get what I want most of the times before. I was just consistent in...
    hummingtree hummingtree
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 28, 2014
    noody123 noody123
    16-17, F
    1 Response Feb 16, 2015

    To The Extreme

    I am so afraid of failure, that I'd rather just not do anything than do something that would give it the opportunity to happen.For example:-No matter how much I like it, I refuse to wear t-shirts associated with bands, movies, celebrities, etc.. I'm afraid somebody will ask me a...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Feb 20, 2013


    I'm just 14 and already I feel like a major failure.I feel like a failure for not really having any friends, or that average American girl teenage life, that I am just such a darn failure for being so bored, for hardly seeing my friends, that I will never get out of this rut.That...
    PrincessOfTheDark PrincessOfTheDark
    13-15, F
    Sep 6, 2011


    I'm so scared that I'll never be financially stable. People that work at the same job I do seem to have a ton of money and wear things so expensive it would take more than one check to pay for... Maybe their other half has a better job... maybe I'm just not meant to be stable...
    xMellyx xMellyx
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Dec 18, 2007

    What's the fastest way to get over "failures"

    in the past? While I'm making progress and I have something to look for the past still stings... I will not go into too much detail but something HUGE happened that almost wiped me off the face of this earth (suicide). The feeling was one of the worst I've ever had...
    matthew3187 matthew3187
    26-30, M
    Oct 18, 2015

    The Impostor Syndrome

    I used to constantly worry about being "exposed as a fake" in my old PhD program, even though I was not bad at what I did.  I always worried that my adviser would turn to me one day and say, "you know what, you're not really up to our standards here" and...
    deleted deleted
    Dec 17, 2007
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