Notes to Know: Learning to Be Brave Again


"If I'd have had more time, I'd have written a shorter letter" ~Blaise Pascal


For this week's "Notes to Know," I heartily recommend that you click here and read the entire article, titled "Learning to be Brave Again." Written by Nick Hayes and originally published in the February 2017 edition of Sailing Magazine, it struck me so profoundly when I read it that I ripped the page out and have kept on my desk ever since. While the article is obviously about sailing, the author uses learning to sail as a metaphor for any number of undertakings that can help us all face the challenges before us today. In summary:

  • A video of solo sailors shot by a French warship in late 2016 went viral, in part driven by the risks faced by the sailors, and the commensurate bravery they display,

  • There are obviously risks in front of each of us today, and like all risks, they create a measure of fear.

  • Bravery is Fear's only enemy.

  • Brave people simply act calmly, regardless of the calamity.

  • Learning to overcome any new challenge, like sailing, can perhaps give us all a pinch of the bravery we need today.

  • While facing failure in taking on a new challenge can be humbling, overcoming that challenge can be a significant boost to your confidence

IN SHORT: Find a new challenge pursuing something you've always wanted to try, and conquer it!


Make it a great day!


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