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My Fear of Failure Is Also my Motivation

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My biggest fear is, without a doubt, failure. It is a fear that will undoubtedly stay with me for the rest of my life. I wish I could say that I had a crippling fear of clowns, spiders or being run over by a car. But no. I dread failure. I think - I know - that I am not alone in this fear. Unfortunately, it's one of those things that doesn't get less worrisome if you know others around you are scared, too. Although it would probably be best to keep it out of my head, I can't.

Nonfulfillment is terrifying to me and sometimes makes me want to stay in bed for 15 days with the covers over me. At the same time, it is my biggest motivator, my best coach. I cannot fail if I strive every day to do my absolute best at the things I love, and fear has taught me that. To put my all into my relationship, my friendships and my career means that I stave off being unsuccessful for at least another day, if not longer.

Fear of being defeated by the world has made me incredibly inventive. I will find ways to pass the obstacles that stand in my way, whether it's by going over, under or sideways. I refuse to fail; I refuse to succumb to my fear, my irrational fear. I know that I am doing the best I possibly can, and I know that regardless of what tomorrow brings, I will be content with what I've done.
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