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Overcoming a Fear of Failure | Success Talks

August 4, 2020

Listen to episode 498 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming a Fear of Failure | Success Talks. Edited and adapted from Personal Power by Keith J. Thomas.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Personal Power by Keith J. Thomas, published in 1917.

How many people fail in life only because they are obsessed with a fear of failure! They so fill their minds with the thought of failing that they approach every task as if it were an impossibility. They start with the idea that perfect success (for some reason) is denied to them — that they are unlucky, as compared with those fortunate ones who seem to turn to gold everything they touch.

Someone said to me once: “I would rather start in a humble way and work up gradually, than start big and come down in the world.” But the people who are afraid to "start big" never achieve greatness. They are the very people who do come down in the world. They are so full of the idea of coming down that all thought of progress is crushed out of their minds.

If they would only fix their thoughts on big things and success, and be determined to move forward, instead of dreading to go backward, they would lose their fear of failure. And they would get so used to the thought of success that achievement would become natural to them.

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