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‘Being A Woman Can Feel Like A Constant Audition’
Struggling to put yourself out there in case you trip up along the way? One writer explores how our fear of failure is holding us all back...
Fear of failure seems to be the epidemic of our generation. If it’s not another survey showing how many women don’t ask for promotions, it’s a friend throwing away the chance to start her own business. And I’m certainly far from immune.
Whenever this has happened to me, for as long as I can remember, my mother would always say, “Don’t be the actress too scared to audition, just in case she doesn’t get the part.”
Over the past few years, I’ve really started to see what she was getting at. The truth is that, whatever your profession, being a woman right now can feel like a constant audition.
Every day we face try-outs, whether it’s to be a friend, a colleague or a partner. And God help those of us who have ever tried to rent a room in a flatshare. An interview judging you purely on your personality – it’s enough to make anyone shudder.
We seem to be in a love-hate relationship with the twenty-first century. In books, films, our addictive Instagram feeds, we are told we can do so much –beso much. And it many ways that’s great – we have more options open to us than women in other place at any other time. But also sneaking in there, hiding in the crevices of shiny hair and elusive dream jobs, are brand new ways for us to fail.
Sometimes I feel this fear so strongly, it leaves me paralysed, unable to even climb out of bed for fear of getting up on the wrong side of it. It becomes my own personal virus, the certainty that I would say, do, or even simply wear the wrong thing.
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