My experience has taught me that most people don’t really understand what courage is. When I ask attendees at my workshops for a definition of courage, the answer I often receive is “the absence of fear.”
But this isn’t accurate. If you ask military personnel how they feel during battle, most will admit that they are afraid much of the time they’re in the field.
So what is courage? It’s action in the face of fear. It’s standing your ground despite being afraid. Brave servicemen and women risk — and sometimes sacrifice — their lives. But they do so not without fear. Rather they do what has to be done in defiance of their fear.
Wherever I go, I find entrepreneurs struggling to grow their businesses and advance their careers. These people have all the technical skills they need to be successful, but they’re still not getting what they want.