Audio: Morning Inspirations S1E9: Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway


Written, hosted, produced and directed by Jesse O. Walls.


Welcome to morning inspirations. I’m your host, Jesse Walls.

My first quote comes from American western actor, John Wayne:

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

Many times we feel afraid, and many times we give in to that fear. We allow it to determine our actions and our decisions, to the point that it controls our lives. Fear of change or fear of failure holds us back from trying, and sometimes keeps us imprisoned in one area of our lives, afraid to move forward or let go.

As in the words of Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and former President of the African National Congress:

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

A common misconception is that people with courage are fearless, but the truth is, there is no courage in not being afraid, for there is nothing to overcome. Courage is accepting there is a chance of failure, knowing that there will be obstacles and hardships and that it is not going to be easy, and then deciding to continue moving forward.

My final quote comes from poet, T.S. Eliot:

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

Never give up hope … never let go of your dreams … and never allow yourself to be conquered by your fears. Remember, everyone is afraid at some point, but what differentiates those who are successful from those who are not, is courage.

Join me next week for another episode of Morning Inspirations.