“Dead people never get rejected, they never fail, they never feel stressed. And they’re dead. We do not want dead people to be role models.” Susan David, Ph.D.

“Courage is fear walking. Courage is being able to notice your fear, notice your disquiet, and choose what you want to do in the service of what is ultimately values aligned.

“Instead what we do is have what I call ‘dead people’s goals’: I don’t want to get stressed. I don’t want to get rejected. I don’t want to fail.

“Dead people never get rejected, they never fail, they never feel stressed. And they’re dead. We do not want dead people to be role models.

“Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is fear walking.”

From Susan David, Ph.D.: On Resilience and Emotional Agility Good Life Project

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