No Fear!


by J. William DeMarco

Remember when that phrase, decals, T-shirts, tennis shoes—were popular. I was totally jealous… I desperately wanted to come up with a cool phrase…sell it and make a ton of money off it!

Looking through a few quotes today and I started pondering courage, fear…. and leadership…

The most striking thing about highly effective leaders is how little they have in common. What one swears by, another warns against. But one trait that stands out: the willingness to risk.”
– Larry Osborne

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.”
– Tacitus

Courage, I would say, has the opposite effect—it opens doors, makes things happen, and that is one of the most wonderful things behind courageous leaders.

“Fear not that your life will come to an end but that it will never have a beginning.”
– John Henry Newman

Courage is that trait, that not only gives the leader a powerful beginning, but it further provides a better future

The irony for leaders—is those that don’t have the courage to take risks and those who do, both experience the same amount of fear–the difference is what the leader does with the fear– those who don’t take chances end up focused on and worrying about trivial and tactical things. If leaders are going to seek to overcome fear and doubts—you might as well make it count– NO FEAR!

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do that thing that you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

2 Replies to “No Fear!”

  1. Excellent contribution!

    i had considered the ability to “inspire trust in followers” / “invest trust in followers” to be the dual-sided but in truth #SingleDefiningAspect of a True Leader… but you do have an excellent point.

    To even accept the challenge of being a Leader requires (sure circumstance thrusting you into the role, but) that an individual “trust” his himself enough that whether it be vanity or self-sacrifice, she/he takes the initiative where/when others hesitate…

    Your contribution inspires further introspection… is there any higher compliment I can pay… #IDontThinkSo

    1. Thanks for the comment and the feedback Stephen…if I am posting on it… it means I have struggled with it or am struggeling with it…either in myself or working with folks as they work through it. The only way to achieve greatness is to get past fear or failure, fear or rejection, fear of looking the fool… just do it (well…hopefully there is a strategy or plan in there somewhere as well)… thanks again

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