Patrick G. Awuah Jr. on Courage

I love this comment on courage made by Patrick G. Awuah Jr., founder and president of Ghana’s Ashesi University College, during a speech at Babson College:

To really make change, we must have courage: the courage to imagine something new, the courage to act, and the courage to persist through setbacks. We all recognize those leaders whose dramatic acts of courage changed the world.

We are well familiar with the actions of political leaders such Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Mohandas Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela; of innovators such as Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Bell; and of pioneering scientists such as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Charles Darwin.

But courage is not always about big, dramatic events. It is often about quiet, determined action every day, at work and at home. The courage to say “Sorry” when you’ve wronged someone. The courage to be introspective and honest with yourself. The courage to join a cause you believe in and to do all you can to help it succeed. The courage to even imagine a different future.

2 thoughts on “Patrick G. Awuah Jr. on Courage

  1. Lynn on said:

    I love that quote as well. This is something that sets apart the leader from the visionary. The leader examines the possibilities, determines a course of action, and follows that course of action, as the quote indicates. The visionary sees the desired future, but often is unable to hold the course to be able to see that future actually achieved. There are a rare few who are visionary leaders – able to both “have a dream” and to hold the course – like Lincoln and Martin Luther King and the others you mentioned.

  2. Dianne on said:

    One of my very favorite quotes is

    “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

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