The Fear of Failure

Shariq KhanThe tapered minds of our children, youth and elders are the consequence of the “Fear” embedded in their minds and the chief fear is the “fear of Failure”.

Here, by fear I mean avoiding something in advance with the chances of failure, this is usually a presumption of failure in any activity, and this fear intact throughout the life of people making them depressed and bounds them towards a specific mindset about any observation, and this is how the sparkling side of intellect remains unused.

Fear is very complex and asymmetric phenomenon, and it cannot be attributed to any single factor. However it is mainly the outcome of our society which is the amalgam of socio-economic problems, and the mindset we got inherited from our ancestors.

This is not natural but taught to us, one side thinking means; not willing to accept opinions, beliefs, or behaviours that are unusual or different from your own. Famous Roman King and philosopher Marcus Aurelius quoted “If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.” Not accepting the truth and insisting on own made false theories and concepts is just nothing more than deceiving oneself. The process of thinking is directly related to the fear; in fact the fear directs the mind to think accordingly.

In comparison to the developed societies and associations and mature graduates, our graduates and even post-graduates hesitate in investing in Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s), besides other reasons, the core reason is the “fear of failure”, and hence this fear is devastating the entrepreneurial skills of our graduates specifically of those in commerce and business administration.

The scarce of apparitions and ghosts that we put in the intellect of infants and schoolboys is the first stage of the fright and is very affective. Moreover the youngster and adults are mostly from the poor or middle-class families, being fully dependent on their family, restricts their thinking and selection of their own choices in any venture.

In comparison to the developed societies and associations and mature graduates, our graduates and even post-graduates hesitate in investing in Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s), besides other reasons, the core reason is the “fear of failure”, and hence this fear is devastating the entrepreneurial skills of our graduates specifically of those in commerce and business administration.

The other most important factor in spreading the evils of “fear” is clerics. They did and are imposing this fear on the minds of masses especially of rural areas either for their religious or political stances. They uses the “fear” (of God) in wrong sense thus depriving people to think clearly, broadly and according to the new trends of the fast growing technological world.

Mostly corrupt and ill-minded politicians also do not want the demolition of the Stone Age mindset, and exposure and expansion in the thinking of masses for numerous reasons.

The misinterpretation of culture also plays a salient role in guiding us wrong, the honour and so called self-esteem and our ego leaves no stone unturned in trapping our minds in the net of theories leading to “fear”.

For prosper economic and social system it is obligatory to change the mind frame of our people and the “fear” should be uprooted and the role of parents in shaping it accordingly is inevitable, following the old trends and ill-minds, slight thinking and approaches bear us great loss in different areas, the evil of “fear” and mainly the “fear of failure” should be eradicated. “Fear is a habit; so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can!! And I will”.

Writer: Muhammad Shariq Khan

The writer is a student at Quaid-e-Azam College of Commerce, University of Peshawar.  He can be reached at

shariq.nangyalay@gmail.com

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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  1. Don’t lose yourself in your fear .. just love your article (y)

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