Fear of fail­ure might be hold­ing you back

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WORK­ERS most fear mak­ing a mis­take at work, a sur­vey by Ac­coun­temps finds.

It says 28 per cent of re­spon­dents fear mak­ing er­rors on the job while a fur­ther 18 per cent say they fear deal­ing with dif­fi­cult cus­tomers or clients.

Chair­man Max Mess­mer says fear of fail­ure holds many peo­ple back in their ca­reers but ad­vises that new ideas never take shape with­out smart risks.

‘‘ Mis­takes will hap­pen from time to time and a healthy con­cern for avoid­ing them im­proves job per­for­mance as long as that con­cern doesn’t un­der­mine one’s con­fi­dence,’’ he says. He sug­gests ask­ing a men­tor for ad­vice.

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