The Courage to Face Your Fears

| September 29, 2018

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

From Failure to Fearless…

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Most stories, if the reluctant hero hangs in there, ends up with a happy ending.

He or she has big troubles.

Danger abounds.

And at some point in the story, courage must be mounted to move from impending failure to fearlessly finding success.

This is how it works in real life.

So, what does it mean to be fearless? Here’s how the Web defines it…

FEARLESS: without fear; bold or brave; intrepid. First recorded in 1350–1400, fearless is from the Middle English word “fereles” … boldness, heroism, valor, fortitude, mettle, bravery, courageousness, heart, guts, gallantry, nerve, pluckiness, pluck, intrepidity, braveness, spirit, valiance …

As performance experts, we would also add desire, tenacity, perseverance, and maybe throw in perspicacity for good measure!

What does this mean for you and me?

It means that if we want something badly enough that we will have to fight tooth and nail through the problems, obstacles, and bottlenecks to get it.

In all stories with a happy ending, the desire to win has to be the driving force, or what’s the point?

Desire, courage, fearlessness, gallantry… regardless of the word used… means we must step to the plate, overcome our inner-reluctance, swing the bat, and just see what happens.

Sometimes you will strike out.

Sometimes you will walk.

Sometimes you will get on base.

And sometimes, you will hit a walk-off home run!

The hero of the game… the one who is given praise and adulation from the loving crowd.

No one hits home runs all the time.

In fact, the best batters strike out many more times than they hit the ball.

They are not failures. They are fearless.

Even knowing there is a high probability they will not hit the ball, they fearlessly step up their game and take their best shot.

Which is what you and I must do day in and day out.

Face our desires…

Face our own human strengths and weaknesses…

And become that reluctant hero in our own game of life.

Always remember that we are given a second chance at success when we fearlessly find the courage to become the best version of ourselves possible.

After all, if you do your best, what more is there?



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E. R. Haas is CEO of the TQ Smart family of web sites including,,,, and hundreds of others.E. R. is a "serial entrepreneur" and has created over 20 different businesses in software, manufacturing, finance, publishing and many other areas.He is married to Jan Haas who shares his interest in model railroading, gardening, and traveling by train. Together, they have 5 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

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