Fortune Favors The Brave

Boldness is a necessary part of courage but it must be a
boldness based on an intelligent assessment of the potential
risks and rewards. The wonderful nature of boldness is that,
properly directed, it builds the habit of courage in the
person who practices it.

Act Boldly in Every Situation…
In my experience, any virtue translated into action leads
almost invariably to positive results. This applies to
integrity, persistence, courtesy, love and courage. I’ve
always liked the advice of an old man to his grandson. “Act
boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.”

Take a Leap of Faith…
Perhaps the most obviously important part of courage is the
courage to step out in the face of uncertainty. Every great
venture in the history of man has begun with faith and a
giant leap into the unknown.

General Douglas MacArthur said, “There is no security in
life, only opportunity.” The creed of Frederick The Great,
one of history’s most successful leaders was, “Audacity,
audacity-always audacity.”

Launch With No Guarantees…
A 12-year study of successful entrepreneurs conducted by
Babson College concluded that the only thing they had in
common was the willingness to launch, to step out in faith.
Once they had started, they learned the lessons they needed
to succeed. Many of them ending up successful in completely
different businesses from where they started.

Dare To Go Forward…
Successful companies are invariably those that continue to
research, develop, experiment and introduce new products and
services – even during the deepest recessions.

Successful executives are those who are continually
stretching themselves to move out of the comfort zone, to
face the twin fears of failure and rejection and to move
forward in spite of them.

Action Exercises:

Here are two ways to develop greater boldness in your work
and personal life.

First, just do it! Step out in faith! If you think of some
action you can take to improve your life, give it a try. You
may be surprised.

Second, when in doubt, act with audacity. Audacity may get
you into trouble but even more audacity will get you out. Go
for it!

by Brian Tracy