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Fear of Failure: My Autobiography

A Two-Edged Sword

The autobiographical work “Fear of Failure” documents the life and times of James Aarons, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. It is a bold, uncensored look at the struggles of a young man looking for fulfillment in his profession and love in his life. Dr. Aarons pulls no punches and makes no excuses as he charmingly writes his way through his life’s journey. It is an effort that took great courage to write, and took even greater courage for his wife to permit him to do so. Most of all, this book is full of hope. The author’s self-disclosure is at once heartbreaking and enlightening, honest and innocent, with an eagerness to face headlong difficult and often painful truths. It is a memoir and an expose that is captivating and very hard to put down until you finish.

The Cycle of Knowledge

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Chapter 1

In Danger of Leading a Lewd, Idle and Desolate Life

“To be wise you must first be young and stupid.” Anonymous

Ding-dong, ding-dong. The doorbell came alive in the darkness sometime between midnight and first light. It took a few long minutes for Mom to open the door.

Very quickly four uniformed officers barged into the foyer. “We are from the Huntington Beach Department, and have a warrant for your son James Aarons; we have come to bring him in for questioning.”

“You can’t just barge in and take him away!” Mother was scared and indignant, worried about her son, what with the police barging in the middle of the night.

“Yes, we can. This search warrant gives us the authority ma’am.” Immediately they moved up the stairs; someone explained the layout of the bedrooms to these men; they knew just where to find me, the first bedroom at the top of the stairs.


The first three years of high school was lots of fun; I was a good student, doing well in mathematics and the sciences, courses needed for college prep. There were cool classes I signed up for too; I enrolled in two years of woodworking, a year of architectural drafting, and added an aviation class the semester before I finished.


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