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Total Life Failure, What Should I Do?

I have managed to fail at all societal goal-posts as a single late thirty-something woman with no husband, children, job, money or property in Asia, what do I do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2015 - 19 answers

Why can't I just be happy for her?

How do you control jealousy when someone you love is doing very well and your life is just average? [more inside]
posted by ADent on Aug 24, 2015 - 22 answers

How to get over an inferiority complex...when I am actually inferior

Most of my former college and high school classmates are doing really well (academically/professionally) and I am...not. I'm upset at myself for not taking advantage of opportunities I had in the past and the fact that I am so far behind them and may not actually be able to ever get to a similar level. How do I get past this? [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Apr 7, 2015 - 52 answers

Dust myself off? Okay, how?

At the age of 50-something, it appears that I've seriously failed at life. Some years ago, I left a stable and well-paid career for one that I thought would be more interesting. It did not work out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2014 - 21 answers

How do I learn to master failure with grace?

What resources, whether they're books, websites, or other media address how to stop letting success and failure affect me so much? In other words, how can I start accepting failure as an inevitability? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Apr 24, 2013 - 16 answers

OKC's Kiss/Kill/Marry

Have you (or someone you know) been successful with individuals who are a low match for you on OKC? I consider low to be below '80% Match'. This is assuming you've both answered at least a 100 questions. Success I consider to be at least a few months of going out. I'm trying to get a sense of whether it is reasonable to ignore contact from low-matching individuals or if those scores are just meaningless once you get to know someone in person. Should you give that person a shot or is it a waste of time? I'm not so much concerned with the friend or enemy score.
posted by who squared on Mar 31, 2013 - 32 answers

an event, not a person.

Give me your quotes and platitudes about failure. [more inside]
posted by skyl1n3 on Jul 25, 2011 - 42 answers

Books re: the artist's journey

Please suggest some older (or not) books/films/things that talk about the idea that you're just going to be bad for a long time before you're really successful at, or really master something (particularly an artistic pursuit). [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jun 9, 2011 - 7 answers

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

I feel sometimes like I'm fighting a losing battle with myself: to accomplish certain things, stave off certain bad habits, develop certain good ones. How do you actually change yourself for the better when your lizard-brain is fighting you every step of the way? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jun 2, 2011 - 24 answers

How can I overcome my fear of self-promotion?

How can I get better at promoting myself and my work, without dwelling on my failures or fearing I'll be judged? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Apr 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Failing Successfully

How do I make a habit of failing successfully (or at least in ways interesting to myself and others)? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Feb 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Self sabotage

What is self-fulfilling failure called? [more inside]
posted by nzero on Dec 22, 2010 - 20 answers

Tell me your stories of failure.

Did you take a risk and fail? How did it turn out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2010 - 17 answers

From Awful to Awesome

Are there any stories of people notable/talented/successful in their field who started out being completely crap? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 5, 2009 - 32 answers

Success after failure; after 40

Has anyone made a significant financial comeback after 40? [more inside]
posted by FazioGazebo on Jun 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Who said this Swiftian quote?

"How can you say I am not a success? I have not been eaten and I have not failed to eat" (or words to that effect). Trying to find the source of this quote. I was thinking maybe Jonathan Swift, but my google-fu is failing me.
posted by telstar on Jun 1, 2009 - 5 answers

How to bounce back from Epic Fail?

How do you bounce back after taking a high risk opportunity that flops? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2009 - 20 answers

How much would you give up starting your own business?

How much would you give up starting your own business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Fall down seven times, get up eight.

I'm looking for really terrible creative works made by well-regarded artists. For example, Picasso's secret crappy drawings, or John Coltrane playing out of tune. I welcome examples from all creative pursuits from all eras: literature, music, art, dance, theatre, film, architecture, graphic design, etc. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 4, 2008 - 41 answers

Failed School, Succeeded Life

Who in history (or in your life) has flunked/failed in school or university, but has gone on to great success? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 15, 2007 - 46 answers

Any Advice?

Recently, quite out of the blue, I've become uncharacteristically obsessed with success. What's going on and how can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2007 - 10 answers

Overcoming fear of success.

Overcoming fear of success. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2007 - 13 answers

To err is human

What are some of the ways I can use to fight my enormous fear of failure? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Mar 22, 2007 - 34 answers

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