In the French language, courage translates to "heart and spirit." If you brought your heart and spirit to your work, what would you be able to accomplish? One of the biggest obstacles holding people back from achieving their dreams is fear. The antidote to fear is courage—attack your fears with your "heart and spirit."
I am a firm believer that it is the most unreasonable person that has the most success. Think about a person you think is successful and I guarantee you are thinking about someone who is or was unreasonable.
My youngest daughter just turned 11. This momentous event got me thinking about what advice I would give the 11 year old me. I then started asking a lot of friends, colleagues, and random people this: Given all that you know now, and what the 11 year old you was dealing with, what advice would you give yourself?
The theme of TEDxPortland this year was “What If?”. There were many fabulous and engaging speakers, but the one that had my full attention was former NBA star Brian Grant.