Maya Angelou was an author, poet, songwriter, historian, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer and civil rights activist. She became all this after she survived as a fry cook, sex worker, nightclub dancer and performer. Here is an inspiring quote from her about courage.
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
Contrary to what some may believe, courage is not a quality you are, or are not, born with. It is one that can be cultivated and honed.
Nor, does acquiring courage necessarily entail doing something dramatic or astoundingly heroic. On a day-to-day basis many ordinary folk summon uncommon courage to overcome both physical and psychological barriers in order to achieve a variety of necessities and goals. Having courage means overcoming fear. Being able to trust yourself, other people, overcoming obstacles and chasing your dreams.
Do not allow yourself be paralyzed by fear of failure or disappointment. Even failure requires courage to face. Peace!