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.”
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