Someone asked “Are you afraid of failure?” and I replied “Nope. I am afraid of success.”
I’m not afraid of success. I’m afraid of failure.
My response was knee jerk but when I think about it I think 2 things
I like minimalism, simplicity, contentment, humility … I feel success takes me away from these things
Success at school led me to a job in a big successful company where stress caused my first break. Maybe, if I had remained on a simple path, I would not have had my first break.
Which raises a 3rd thought and a question. What is the definition of success? Maybe I am not afraid of success if I use my own definition of success instead of what I think is society’s definition of success.
I’m afraid of everything lol the unknown, putting myself out there to either fail or succeed.
I used to be afraid my book would take off…but now I would welcome the idea of my book taking off in sales…same with my art prints…I want it out there to be discovered one day.
Fear of success is real. Imagine making it and keeping it and having to keep making it.
I think I’m afraid to love someone after a real bad breakup. Maybe I’m not associating a relationship with good things on a unconcious level I suspect, so in a sense I am afraid of sucsess.
Figuring out that your capable can be a little stressful because now you can feel pressured to perform more
When I was in North American piano competitions, my fear about winning was that everyone then has these expectations of you and you can never mess up or have a bad day again. It’s a huge part of why I no longer play the piano. There’s other reasons, but that stress really burned me out.
I’m afraid of success
I sort of am. I’m great at my job, have been tak9ng on a lot of responsibilities at work and my boss has been teaching me hwr duties so i can take over if she moves to nother job. I basically run the place half the time and this summer I will be in charge of half the summer program - meaning run it half the week and will be in charge of up to 30 kids plus 6 teen staff.
It terrifies me. I know I’m good at it and able, but always scared of making a misstep. 2 years ago a parent got mad because I told her an adult had to be with her child if he was coming back. Caused an uproar. My boss stood by me,though.
The next fewmonths the mom found out how bad her son’s behavior was when he entered school and was constantly in trouble. I got an apology.
I used to be afraid of failing. I eventually discovered that failing is a necessary step in learning. Now I realize that failures are helping fuel my success.
You get used to it.
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