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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Fear of Failure.

I'm not alien to the concept, of course. As a freelancer I'm always wondering if I'll be able to support my family. I try not to let it paralyze me, though, yet in the past I have. In a conversation with a person of EXTRAORDINARY talent, fear of failure was raised as a reason not to move forward.

Shall we examine fear of failure? Back before "getting it 0ut there" was my means of earning a living, I would write, say, a screenplay and never send it out. Part of it was not being sure of the process, but most of it was confidence that no one would pick it up any way, so why try? That's defeatism, though, not fear of failure. I've had a book picked up by a publisher only to have the publishing house sold and my property not sold with it. Again, not my failure.

I've written things people have hated. Poor deranged people, I can live with that. What about the the thought "What if it's no good?" Well, it's incumbent on people who say "that's no good" to also say "this is why." So it can be improved...

Your thoughts on fear of failure, please.

7 comments:

damaris said...

haha. i'm sorry. i can't get past the poor, deranged people. i feel sorry for them.

hhm. i don't really have many thoughts on fear of failure. not because i've never faced it, but because i didn't really have a choice. for instance, in school or dance you pretty much have to do what they tell you. even if you think "oh great. this is going to be horrible and i am just going to fail".

besides. i don't really have time to think about it. birthday shopping must commence.

Rob said...

Don't be silly, girl. My birthday isn't until October. :)

Sherlock said...

:|

damaris said...

hahaha.
well now that i know, i will have to think something up. ;)

i was shopping for josiah. i'll tell you sunday. IF you can keep a secret...

robblynn said...

I write a blog and I write for a living. Suurrrreeee I can keep a secret...

The Martin Family said...

"Defeatism" is acceptance of defeat without struggle.
Where as a concern or "fear" that nobody would pick it up could be based on the fact that as most humans you may like the occasional pat on the back for a job well done OR ...you don't want the "That stunk" and your pride get kicked. For myself it had always been easier not to try becuase then I would never goof it up and look like a fool.(pride,pride,pride) But I am a fool with tons of mistakes and stupid things yet to be done. Isn't it great that God is bigger than any of our mess ups!
-Steph

Rob said...

Amen.

'Course, you have to take a look at the parable of the talents to see God's real view of hiding your talents...