Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear

Four Florida sand Hill Cranes and UPS delivery truck
Inquiring minds want to know


Mid Life Celebration book delivery and Sand Hill Cranes in background
Will you please read it to us? (said no Sand Hill Crane ever)


Adult and juvenille Sand Hill Crane closeup photo
The young one (left) actually does want to know the story


Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.   – Dr. Robert Jarvik (inventor of the Jarvik-7, an artificial heart)

Perhaps they do have a highly developed sense of fear, but an even greater sense of purpose. Yes?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. The word for fear is a very interesting word, phobos is the greek work (used 42 times in the New Testament) which is also where we get the word phobia (anyone have any of those?). Used often in terms of the fear of God, fear of the Lord. In terms of those references fear comes with an attitude of respect as well. I believe in order to be a great leader, you have to know WHEN to take a risk on the fear and respect you have for an opportunity and understand the potential consequences should your lack of fear and respect prove to be detrimental. I think Henry Ford said it well when he took a risk in introducing a car over the accepted transportation of a horse: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” With innovation comes risk, with risk comes fear, having the experience and wisdom of respect balances fear.

  2. David, THANK YOU for such a great value add.

    Yes, give us faster horses.

    You have inspired an already inspired human doing.

    Thank you. Broncos or Seahawks?

  3. I get an emotional lift when I see someone like Manning come back against odds and go all the way and win. That quote from Henry Ford was from a Disney Institute class when they talked about Walt and his creativity and innovation in building an empire of understanding what people really wanted without having to listen to them ask. I remember the compass very well!

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