If I only had the guts…

It feels nice to be safe, secure, and comfortable, but if we want fulfilling lives, we also need to do some things that scare us. In her book, Finding Your Own North Star, Martha Beck says,

“If you begin to face your fears…You’ll realize that the difference between success and failure isn’t the absence of fear but the determination to pursue your heart’s desires no matter how scared you are…Fear is the raw material from which courage is manufactured” (180).

People who do great things in life are not fearless. Often they are very nervous and afraid! But they step out, take risks, and bravely dare to do great things anyway. As they go forward and face their fears, Beck says their fear

“….will gradually transform itself into confidence and compassion. In the process, (fear) may very well turn you into the kind of unassuming hero who has the courage to make the world a better place” (181).

As you go through your life, know that it is normal to be afraid. But don’t let your fear stop you. Try new things, set new goals, and change the world.


Beck provides the discussion question for us in her book when she says,

“Complete this sentence:

If I only had the guts, I would__________________________________________.

Whatever you just wrote down, do it!” (Beck 182)

References: Martha Beck. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2001.

Author: Mini Gems for Kids

I live in Santa Barbara California with my husband and 3 kids. Reading is a favorite past-time and lifeline in my life. I feel giddy with excitement when I find valuable wisdom and inspiration in books. This is my space to share these life-changing lessons in bite-sized format for my kids. I believe with the right information, they can train their brains to think about life’s experiences in productive, positive and powerful ways.

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