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QTOTW What do you fear the most?

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What do you fear the most, and how do you think you might overcome it?


I have noticed in these threads a recurrence of people mentioning how, because of the FIRST experience, they have either done things they never thought they could before, or done things that they were “afraid” to do.
Many of you I think, have faced and overcome fears of one kind or another this year, whether it be public speaking for presentations to potential sponsors, or perhaps even what may seem to some as a daunting kit of parts.

I have had a unique opportunity this past year, as I have faced and/or experienced probably the top five to seven items on my list of absolute fears that I thought I could not possibly survive. Now, on the other side of going through these experiences, I feel a distinct sense of liberation. Now that I know that I can go through the absolute worst and still have my soul and mind intact when all is said and done, there is a new sense of self and true courage. These fears no longer rule me.

So now I ask you; Now that you have had a season of facing and overcoming in the FIRST experience, what fears remain, and how do you intend to overcome them to become a “whole” person?

It’s all about, as Dean Kamen put it,

“Solution based thinking”


How will you apply it to your lives now? My gift to you is to simply ask;

What do you fear the most, and how do you think you might overcome it?
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Sorry...
You probably weren't looking for an answer quite like this, but this is what's on my mind...
Hey, if it's on your mind and it motivates you to post, it's an important fear. After all, it is what you fear most right now isn't it?




P.S. thanks to whoever moved this to the right forum. I wasn't sure on this one.
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Rejection is my greatest fear... well, that and losing the people i love. but i am working on both of these slowly. Mostly the rejection one. i am doing this by purposefully putting myself into situations that i coud possibly be rejected from. I have a lot of potential for a lot of things and the more i put myself out there and succeed, the more i realize that when i DO get rejected, i can simply get up and try something else. it's working pretty well so far.
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My greatest fear is not knowing what's going to happen in the future. There are so many uncertainties, and I have no idea what I should do to make sure it will work out the best for me. Because of this fear, a lot of times I find myself not able to decide what to do, so I choose to wait and see what happens instead.

The funny thing about this year is, I wasn't even going to do this much with FIRST. I didn't do much of anything during 6 weeks, and I planned to only volunteering at Sacramento and spectate the SVR competition. I ended up attending 4 regionals, being score keeper at all 4 of them, and score keeping at the Curie Field at Championship event too. See, I didn't plan for any of these to happen, but it ended up working out really well. What if it doesn't happen again?

I guess I learn to deal with things as they come across me, and try to make the best out of the situation. But what's going to happen if I don't get the break I had in the past years?

There are many uncertainties in my coming future, and it will probably be one of the greatest challenges I've ever been through. I just hope I can get through them some day.
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Cali .. *woot, woot* but seriously, you have a very good point. I hope everything works out for you and your future.
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Re: QTOTW What do you fear the most?

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What do you fear the most, and how do you think you might overcome it?
I fear most that sig I see "FIRST kills mentors".
My fear is letting myself do more and more and being overwhelmed.
I've had projects in the past that I am very proud of - like 4 years as a Catholic High School Youth Minister.
Projects that were successful and were a lot of work.

I am better at reminding myself to say no when I need to.
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Commitment scares the heck out of me. I've been the team captain for my work's Relay for Life team for 3 years now but I'll never forget how I felt when I said I would help with the team and no one else volunteered so they said I was team captain. I spent the rest of the afternoon in my office sick to my stomach and near tears. But I adjusted (eventually). I think the only reason the relationship I'm in now made it past its first year was because he lived an hour away and I only saw him on weekends. We're in year 8 now, not married and though I get flack for it from my family, I just don't care, I'm not ready.

The only reason I joined the robot team was because I told Eric, (my other) that if he was going to do it a second year we were getting a cat (he's allergic, but hey, he would have to deal). He convinced me to come to a few meetings and see if I liked it enough to join the team and forgo the cat. And of course I fell in love with it (I'll have to get my cat another way). For some reason, the time I spend with the robot team doesn't feel like a commitment, so I don't panic over it. Odd, no?

Dealing with it? Avoid it when at all possible! Well, try to take it in little steps, or just jump in (and panic when no one is looking). I guess the best thing would to be to figure out why I fear it. Maybe one day...


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What will happen next. Will it be a failure? Will I have to change? What will happen anyways?
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Greatest fear : Forgetting.

I hate thinking everday that I will [eventually] forget the people that matter the most to me and forget all the good times we've had.
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This season i did a lot more than i thought i would. Being a freshman i thought all that i would do was screw in a few screws and let everyone else of all of the work. Then my mom and step-dad started talking about me taking a welding class, of course i thought that they weren't serious. At the time i was in eighth grade, i was petrified of going to college for a class, i was so scared. I was forced to go anyway, all of the guys thought that i was older because i was going to a college class...my step-dad took the class with me and told them my real age, yup, they stopped flirting with me. Bummer, but in the end i learned a lot about myself and we got a mentor, who i consider a good friend of mine. I also welded the whole robot. I had to the frame over three times because they changed the design. I was so stressed out that i broke down into tears. Ugghh! It was great once it was over though. We went to Phoenix Regional, didn't do to well because of our drive system. We then went to LA, fixed our drive system and we came out as finalists. We were so close! All of the girls on our team started to cry, because we wanted to win so bad, we had worked hard all year for this, and because of the excitement. We are a very emotional team. The weekend after i really started to not care that we didn't win, because i got something more from it then a trophy could have ever done for me, i got myself. It helped relize who i was and where i wanted to go. My only fear now is drowning. LOL, that would suck.
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I fear a lot. Probably, I fear more than any healthy person should, but I've always been very pensive and reserved and cautious about the things I say, the steps I take, and the risks they involve. I've never felt that there's nothing to lose, but that everything is at risk at every moment. It makes me slow to make decisions, certainly, and maybe a bit egocentric.

Above all else, though, I fear that I'm going to fail the few people that might consider me a role model. I do everything with the truest intent, but sometimes, I falter, and my biggest fear has always been that in those times that I mess up, the people that I draw my strength from will lose their faith in me and my life and that they'll leave me.

That's probably a bit self-serving and selfish, I'd imagine. I guess that stems from another paralyzing fear -- dying.

Everything I've done has always been with the hope of being honest and true. I've always concentrated so much on trying to keep other people happy that it's nearly consumed me.

Someone once told me, to paraphrase slightly, "if they see what you're doing, they might think it's okay." While the circumstances of that exchange were far from pleasant, and certainly not applicable to the subject that was at hand, the words aren't without merit.

So, I guess, my biggest fear is just doing something that's "not okay" that might lead another person to make a bad decision.
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