Fear vs. Courage. Only One Matters.
I recently read a quote from well-known digital marketer Neil Patel:
“Often times in order to capture your dreams, it will require you to chase your fears.”
This quote caught my attention for two reasons:
- I hear a lot of people talking about the need to face their fears. It’s a common theme behind many popular TV shows, such as Survivor, Man Against the World, and Fear Factor. It’s why normally sane individuals suddenly choose to jump out of an airplane and go skydiving.
- The idea of chasing your fears is clearly a paradox. Who willingly runs toward their fears? I mean, if you saw a big snake crossing your path, would you chase after it?
Our fears are the wrong thing to focus on. It’s about courage. Why? Because behind courage is purpose.
There’s a reason we choose to embrace the value of courage. It’s about accomplishing something meaningful.
Courage enables us to:
- Remove obstacles for others and ourselves.
- Build confidence and competence.
- Protect loved ones.
- Discover something valuable.
- and capture our dreams!
When I think about courage in this light, one person that immediately comes to mind is Robert Louis Stevenson – someone I referenced in a Values Quote video a few years ago that I’ve included here.
Today’s quote is from Robert Louis Stevenson, the renowned Scottish novelist and travel writer who wrote a number of the most well read books today, including Treasure Island.
One of Stevenson’s great quotes was:
“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”
Robert Louis Stevenson understood the value of courage. Just read his biography and how he travelled extensively, in spite of persistent health challenges.
Courage is a great value. It means a characteristic of confidence; not easily intimidated; fearless; and brave.
When Stevenson suggests we should keep our fears to ourselves, he’s right. People don’t need to know what you are afraid of. And you won’t inspire anyone if you tell them your fears.
Instead, follow Steven’s suggestion to “share your courage with others.” You’ll not only inspire others, you might also find you’ll inspire yourself!