I find that all too often, college students let the fear of failure stop them from trying to begin with. Our college years probably hold the greatest potential for personal growth, but that growth gets stunted without taking the necessary risks.

I think we as humans all have parts of ourselves that are strengths that have been forged from the fires of failure. Perhaps that’s why I was so drawn to a particular three word phrase when I first encountered it on social media.

The phrase simply read “destined to fail.” It has a somber ring to it, a haunting simplicity. It’s a truth that I think society tries to mask, but it’s a bitter reality nonetheless.

The fear of failure is a cancer we are all born with. We all have different treatments and different therapies, yet the disease always manifests itself in one form or another.

My entire life has been plague with shortcomings, both self-percieved and real. This goes for everyone I’m sure. I’ve never felt attractive, I’ve never felt accepted, and I’ve never felt good enough. If I surveyed people around me, I think I’d get a lot of similar thoughts.

For college students, opportunities are boundless. With each new day comes new challenges, and with every week comes new tests. Sometimes, with the right amount of preparation, our troubles can be conquered. Other times, however, there just really isn’t a way to prepare for what life throws our way.

Failure is an inevitable feature of life. We shouldn’t let the chances of falling short prevent us from realizing our full potential. If you don’t struggle, you don’t test yourself to see how far you can really go, or find out what you are truly capable of achieving. Toughness is not what you can handle before you break, it’s how man times you can break before you quit.

Maintaining a positive mental attitude is one of the greatest ways to be successful. There is a little voice that exists in everyone that tells us that we are destined to fail. While that may actually be factual, it’s all about how you choose to handle that reality.

If you are going through a period of difficulty in life, just remember that your attitude is one of the biggest weapons you have in your fight against failure. After all, life truly is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

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