Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose

The Founder of Inspire Leadership & focuses on unlocking people’s potential by providing them with programs; mentorship and coaching into high performance

By Jean Case

"Be Fearless" by Jean Case is a book written by a mission driven champion. This is a remarkable and inspirational book that I recommend to those pursuing their dreams irrespective of age, dream or vocation. It is about hard work, patience and persistence and how these three will make us achieve anything in life.

Fearless, innovation and invention are the fuel that continue to propel humankind into greatness. Jean Case captures this sprit in this book in a very candid way. Some key takeaways for me from the book are:

  • It may sound very simplistic but it is the driver of all dreams. Do not and wait for opportunities to come. Get up and make them.
  • Like everything else in life, big achievements often start with small steps. Take enough small steps and you will end up doing powerful things.
  • Do not wait to find the time for what is important. Make the time for things that matter. Use your calendar to reflect what really matters.
  • Whenever you get comfortable, it is time to shift direction.
  • We will all slip up no matter our level of competence. The key is to get right back up and to keep going.
  • In life the key is the willingness to commit time and energy to the process. Are we able to put a few things to test to advance our big ideas to the next stage?
  • The ability to understand people who are not like you and work with them is part of the secret source of success.
  • Do not be afraid to hear points of view that make you uncomfortable. Take them as an opportunity to pivot your ideas.
  • When you act with courage, your brain is not involved. Your heart seeks first and you listen. Too much thinking can stop you in your tracks.

This book reminded me about the Theodore Roosevelt and his speech about the tension between those who criticize and complain and those who jump in against the odds and in spite of fear. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust, sweat and blood; Who strive valiantly; Who errs; Who comes short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; But who does actually strive to do the deeds; Who knows great enthusiasms and great devotions; Who spends himself in a worthy cause; Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; And who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

This is so true if we have to achieve our  Big Hairy Auditions Goals (BHAGs).

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