Overcoming the Fear of Failure

importance of the mindset of " try " instead of "succeed"

The fear of failure is a common obstacle that many of us face in various aspects of our lives, whether it’s starting a new hobby, embarking on a career change, or even learning a new language. It’s a feeling that can be paralyzing, preventing us from taking the first step. However, it’s possible to overcome this fear and achieve success. In this article, we’ll explore how to tackle the fear of failure and the benefits of embracing imperfection.


Embracing Imperfection

When I first started sewing clothes, the fear of failure loomed large. I’d set unrealistic expectations for myself, believing that everything I did had to be perfect. This constant pressure to get things right from the start was overwhelming.

One day, I decided to change my approach. Just like many successful individuals in various fields, I created a “canvas.” A canvas, in the context of sewing, is a rough version of the final product. It’s a space where you can make mistakes, experiment, and learn without the fear of failing.

This simple shift in perspective brought a wave of relief. I was finally free to make mistakes and learn from them, without the constant worry of failing.


Changing the Way You See Success

The fear of failure often stems from the expectation that success should come effortlessly on the first try. In reality, this is a rare occurrence.

Think about how many attempts it took before you found your dream job or learned a new skill.

Success is more about the journey of trial and error than achieving perfection immediately.


Adopting a New Mindset

To overcome the fear of failure, it’s important to adopt a new mindset. Instead of aiming for immediate success, aim for the journey of trial and growth. Rather than fearing failure, view it as an opportunity to learn and improve.

When you tell yourself that you’re going to try, instead of trying to succeed, every attempt becomes a success in itself. With this mindset, your goal is to accumulate the trials that will ultimately lead to success.



Overcoming the fear of failure is not just about achieving success; it’s about embracing the journey of learning and growth. By embracing imperfection, changing the way you see success, and adopting a new mindset, you can tackle your fears and pave the way for success in any endeavor.



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