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Bravery is Acting Despite Fear

Bravery is Acting Despite Fear

I attended the Big Wow Comic Festival in San Jose, California yesterday and one of the panelists was a web comic artist. While her husband’s income gives her additional support, she works full-time doing what she loves. I was inspired by her courage and her willingness to work towards a dream that is by no means a sure thing. I am sure the artist had trepidations, but she followed her dreams despite them. True bravery, of course, is not the lack of fear, but the ability to act despite being afraid.

As I consider my own dreams, I realize more and more that my fearful thoughts – the voices that tell me not to take risks because I might fail – are not to be listened to. It is not easy to accomplish a dream that off the beaten path, but it is possible. I see people doing it all the time.

Yes, I might fail. But, as the old saying goes, the real failure is in not trying. If we are going to accomplish our dreams, we must proceed as if we believe we are capable of succeeding – which, of course, we usually are. And if we fail, it is often because there is a lesson we must learn before we can succeed, and that is how we grow.


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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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3:04AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Can we act with fear instead?

8:07PM PST on Nov 10, 2012

determination is half the battle

7:45PM PST on Nov 10, 2012

tis true

10:10AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thanks Sarah

4:58AM PDT on May 23, 2012


7:53PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Never try, never know. Thank you so much for still upholding this strong belief despite living in such a pratical it....

5:28PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Very true. Thank you : )

2:23PM PDT on May 22, 2012

true--good luck on your dream journey

12:09PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Excellent imput. Thanks.

11:59AM PDT on May 22, 2012


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