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We Can’t Have Character without Having Courage

Courage Defined: Acting despite perceived or actual risk.

Some people run towards danger. Some people speak up. Some people step forward. These are the people we all admire. They get honored with medals, they are revered by their peers, and we hold them up as examples to our children. They ignore the fear of failure, the fear of losing control, the fear of losing friends or jobs and they do the right thing. They do the things that Leaders of Character do.

How did they become that person? What is the number one thing that decides we are going to become a Leader of Character? The answer is Courage.

There is no character without Courage. Studying about character is not having character. Thinking about character is not having character. Talking about character is not having character. It takes action to have character and action requires Courage.

The Six Habits of Character(Courage, Humility, Integrity, Selflessness, Duty, and Positivity) are all important. But Courage is the habit that makes all the others possible. Without Courage, all the talk about Integrity, or any other aspect of our character, is just an academic discussion. They are nice and quaint, but they don’t mean a thing unless you have the Courage to put them into action.

We are not born with Courage or any of the other habits of character. We develop them through practice. We practice them until they become habits. The more we choose to exercise Courage, the easier Courage becomes.

Here of some examples of how Courage is the fulcru