CHAPTER 11

It’s Up to You

Hoping or thinking that we will be courageous when a critical moment arrives is a cowardly approach. We cannot become someone in 30 seconds that we haven’t been for the past 10 years. The critical truth of courageous leadership lies in how we live every day, not just flashes of the extreme.

—Colonel Eric Kail

I love the above quote by the late Colonel Eric Kail. To me, it summarizes the core message of this book: things can change—for you and for others—but you’ve got to be willing to put in the work. You’ve got to let go of the idea that there’s some magical personality type that makes all courageous acts easy, or a genetic endowment that equips some at birth with the skills needed to stand up, speak out, or step outside ...

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