If you want to do anything big in life, whether it’s start a business, have a romantic relationship, or put your work out into the world to be criticized, it’s going to take courage.
Courage is what allows you to run your own race. It’s what allows you to do what you want to do, and it gives you the self-control to persist where others have failed.
The reason I like reading biographies and stories about people who are courageous is because courage is not something that magically comes to you just because you want it to. It’s something that rubs off on you.
One of the greatest stories on courage I’ve ever read is the book “Kon-Tiki” by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.
This is a true story about a man who in 1947, went down to South America, took nine of the thickest balsa logs he could find, lashed them together with some rope, nothing modern, and sailed 8,000 km across the Pacific Ocean on a hand built raft.
Not a single spike, nail, or wire rope was used.
Despite every professional expert telling him that it was impossible and that he would die if he tried, he decided to do it anyways to prove that his theory that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contact between separate cultures, was possible.
Thor Heyerdahl was incredibly courageous and not everyone can be as courageous as he was, but every individual can all start small and work their way up.
With anything, it takes courage to do what you want in life. Ultimately, the degree of courage that you cultivate in your life will determine the amount of fulfillment that you receive.