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What are you afraid of?

What are you afraid of?

Do you know what you are afraid of?

Are you scared you won’t get the job you just interviewed for? Or maybe you are scared you will get the job. Your resume said, “Very capable, diligent, able to work well with others, creative and a problem solver.”

You secretly hope you don’t get the job. You are afraid you will be found lacking, so you sabotage the interview by arriving a few minutes late. Your printer was almost out of ink, but you didn’t go to the store to buy a new cartridge.  Before the interview, you didn’t do any research about the company. You are not sure where the head office is, Chicago? or was it Boston?

You wait two weeks. Then “the letter” arrives in the mail. Your mother has been waiting all day for you to get back from the gym to open it.

“What does it say Jason?”

“It says, thanks, but no thanks.”

Tomorrow when you ride the bus to the gym you will tell your friends, “Hey, I didn’t get the job. But, I didn’t really try.”

You made an out for yourself.  So, you didn’t really fail, right?

Wrong, you failed because you didn’t try.

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”
George Edward Woodberry.

Make up your mind to try. And if you fall, stand up again. 

Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
~ Japanese Proverb

What are you afraid of?

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • You make a great point, “trying to fail” is something I don’t really want to see in myself. But I will be honest with myself today and look for the places I am deliberately undermining my own self. And stop whining.

    • Thank you Kathleen. I often undermine myself. In subtle little ways. I am working on pushing through the fear. I would rather try and fall, then never try. I just have to remember to stand up after I fall.

  • Greg Narayan

    You totally summarized the underachieving stance a lot of people take. If you don’t try, you can be disappointed, right? Wrongo.

    Nice read Pamela!

    • Thank you Greg. I am looking forward to your next post on Dear Blogger.