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The Young Achiever

  • The ‘young achiever’ success story is pleasantly unexpected and is often circulated more as it makes people feel happier. Young achievers are glorified, idolized, and spark awe among the general population.
  • From Magnus Carlson, the young Norwegian chess player, to Lionel Messi, who became a pro at his game at age 17, talent at a young age appears impressive and leaves a positive impact.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Why our relationship with young achievers is so complicated

Effortless Seems Authentic

There is an assumption among many that if someone is an achiever at a young age, the unique talent must be an innate ability, and not slogging. The extraordinary milestones that are met before the usual timeframes feel disruptive, and unsettles the status quo.

The truth is many young achievers have spent years working hard, and overcoming substantial challenges to reach the celebrated milestones.

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Young success invites scrutiny, criticism and risk of falling from grace faster than others. The media is often ruthless towards them and any scandal is highlighted promptly.

This may be a mixture of jealousy and other negative emotions that success at a young age always brings along. Things can improve when each person creates their own definition of success, as comparing one's life with others is the root cause of jealousy.

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Ageing Is Inevitable

We are always as young as we would ever be in the course of our lives.

Society is youth-obsessed and gives us constant signals that having grey hair, and showing other signs of ageing means our value has declined. But as we grow old, we become expansive and confident, as we understand the world better, can communicate more effectively and are wiser than in our teens.

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ANGELA DUCKWORTH

“Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

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What Is Fear of Failure?

Nobody enjoys failing. Fear of failure can be so strong that avoiding failure eclipses the motivation to succeed. Insecurity about doing things incorrectly causes many people to unconsciously sabotage their chances for success.

If you are afraid of failure, it will cause you to avoid potentially harmful situations.

Fear of failure keeps you from trying, creates self-doubt , stalls progress, and may lead you to go against your morals.

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