We all need to be courageous to lead life successfully; It’s a virtue closely related to self-belief.  If you have a great support system encouraging you to be dauntless, that’s great.  However, whatever your situation, you have the power to build courage. It requires doing things we are afraid of and being able to fail forward. I’ve curated a few of my favorite quotes on the topic of courage.  Ruminate over these words and I hope they inspire you to be courageous.

Chimamanda Adichie

“If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions, and then ask anyway.”

-Chimamanda Adichie

Mitch Albom
  •  “What you carry is what defines you. It can be the burden of feeding your family, the responsibility of caring for patients, the good that you feel you must do for others, or the sins that you will not release. Whatever it is, we all carry something, every day.”

-Mitch Albom, Finding Chika

“There are many kinds of selfishness in this world, but the most selfish is hoarding time because none of us know how much we have, and it is an affront to God to assume there will be more.”

– Mitch Albom.

Caroline Myss
  • “Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.”

-Caroline Myss.

“You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone”

– Caroline Myss.

  • “Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you.”

– Caroline Myss.

Maya Angelou

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

-Maya Angelou

  • We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives.”

– Maya Angelou.

Oprah Winfrey

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”

– Oprah Winfrey.

  • “You are where you are in life because of what you believe is possible for yourself.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Shonda Rhimes

“If I don’t poke my head out of my shell and show people who I am, all anyone will ever think I am is my shell.”

– Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes.

Cheryl Strayed
  • “Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose.”

– Cheryl Strayed

“I’ll never know, and neither will you, of the life, you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours.

– Cheryl Strayed

  • “Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you because it will. ”

– Cheryl Strayed