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Being Brave Means That In Keeping Quiet With Words, We Can Speak Up With Actions Instead

Sign in Waco, TX sandwich shop. 2011

When I started Mid Life Celebration three years ago, part of the incentive was a burning desire to follow a path no one else wanted to travel. These are tough economic times. Taking risks is risky. So is playing it safe.

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Being Brave Means Knowing When To Shut Up And When To Speak Up

Should we say something or not?

Very often, the bravest thing we can do is to keep our mouth shut. Speaking up can get us in trouble, give us a reputation, and ruin our career. It can also set us free and propel our career. The real trick is to know when to speak and when to zip it.

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Being Brave Means Asking Great Questions, Tough Questions

What are you willing to die for?

Few people realize just how brave you must be to ask a great question. You know, the tough questions that people should have a ready answer for, but don’t.

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Dear Son, Being Brave Will Test Every Creative And Emotional Muscle You Have

Dear Son, being brave (courageous) is touted as an essential leadership characteristic. Skill or a trait? Born with it or developed? Does it even matter?

At the end of the day, look back and try to have at least one thing you did that scared you. Try, win. Lose, learn. Launch, learn, repeat.

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Photo from AMC Theater promoting Disney Pixar’s Brave, coming 2012.

Fortune Favors The Brave

Fortune favors the brave.  It does indeed.  But what does that mean, “favors you“?  Or what does it mean, “brave“?

This sounds pretty inspiring, yet how do we apply it or gauge whether we are brave?  Try this on for size.

I believe if everyone likes you, you are not brave enough.  Courage implies risk. And risk implies challenging the status quo. Generally, people do not like being challenged.

This also applies to us when we look in the mirror.  I am often tempted to not  challenge myself to do more, do better, do differently.

Why?

Because it’s too much work, too much risk, too much uncertainty. Isn’t it?  Ever find yourself thinking like this?  Good.

Most people intuitively understand that hard work pays off, that uncertainty is part of life, that risk is a key ingredient for continuous improvement and that fortune favors the brave.