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courage is not the absence of fear

What is courage.

“What is courage? Courage does not mean you’re not afraid. It means you’re afraid and you do it anyways. You’re scared shitless, but you do it anyway. And I think if you’re going to succeed at the highest level, you’ve got to face those fears.”
– Tony Robbins

Similar Quotes

Sometimes it takes hearing the same idea expressed in a different light to make new discoveries and insights we otherwise never had considered. Here’s a section with similar quotes:

  1. “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.” ― Nelson Mandela
  2. “Don’t give into your fears, if you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” -Paulo Coelho
  3. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  4. “Choose the great adventure of being brave and afraid at the exact same time” – Brené Brown
  5. “Courage does not always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher
  6. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  7.  “Courage is not the absence of fear but the presence of faith”
  8.  “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

The meaning behind the quote:

People who succeed at the highest level don’t fear anyless than you and me. They simply have learned and trained to push through and manage their fears.

It’s sort of become familiar to them, they can perform under-pressure. And this is not some 0 to 100 kind of thing either. It’s a skill and like all skills it’s learned incrementally.

Jim Rohn is often considered as one of the greatest business philosophers and speakers. He talks about his experience how he first got started in speaking. He was invited to an office to share his principles that led him to achieve financial success.

He describes how when he first got up, his mind sat down. Probably not his greatest speech, but he got up and did it again, and then did it again.

Purpose of fear

Fear served a purpose, it’s main evolutionary goal was the survival of the organism. But many of our fears in modern society are irrational. Public speaking isn’t going to kill you, but many would opt-in to die before they had to give a speech.

If you’re fearful of something, it’s worthwhile to ask yourself why? And to try and pin-point what’s the worse thing that could happen if all goes wrong.

Sure you may miss out on an opportunity, but you would’ve missed it by not taking the chance in the first place. And so, most fears boil down to fear of being judged or being rejected, but like all the great worries of the past, you persevered and they are now an after thought. Know that you’ll be able to handle whatever is on your plate and you’re capable of more then you give yourself credit for.

Tony Robbins has entered the chat…

Here’s one of my notes from a lecture of Tony Robbins on fear,

“If you’re feeling fear, what does that mean? Usually, what’s the message? The message always is that you need to change something. Every negative emotion means I’ve got to change something. Either my perception or what I’m doing. Fear means that you’ve got to prepare for something. You’re afraid because your brain’s message is to prepare. Now, sometimes we just indulge in emotion and we stay in the fear. We really are prepared. You did the work, but you didn’t shut the emotion off and say, you know, I am prepared. No reason to be afraid anymore. I’m ready. I’m ready. You never told your brain it’s okay, you don’t have to give me a message anymore, I’ve done my work.”

Other Famous Tony Robbins Quotes:

don't cry over spilled milk

“Don’t cry over spilled milk”
– Quote Explanation

pain of discipline or is the pain of regret

“There’s always two pains in life. There’s the pain of discipline or is the pain of regret. And discipline weighs ounces and…”
– Tony Robbins

grateful fear disappears and abundance appears

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
– Tony Robbins

honesty is the best policy

“Honesty is the best policy”
– Quote Explanation


A coward dies a thousand deaths but a brave man only once

“A coward dies a thousand deaths, a courageous man only once. I discipline myself, not perfectly, but for the most part, I…
– Tony Robbins

reasons come first answers come second

“Reasons come first, answers come second.”
– Tony Robbins

don't mistake movement for achievement

“I’ve learned in my life not to mistake movement for achievement.”
– Tony Robbins

complexity is the enemy of execution

“Complexity is the enemy of execution.”
– Tony Robbins

activity without purpose is the drain to a life of fulfillment

“Activity without purpose is the drain to a life of fulfillment.”
– Tony Robbins

the ultimate resource is resourcefulness

“When you realize that your problem is not a lack of resources, it’s not a lack of money or technology or contacts. It’s your psychology because the ultimate resource is resourcefulness and human emotion…”
– Tony Robbins

whatever you focus on, you're going to feel

“Whatever you focus on you’re going to feel.”

– Tony Robbins

the secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure quote

“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you”

– Tony Robbins


“In life you need either inspiration or desperation.”



“I can tell you the secret to happiness in one word: progress.”


Time Management quotes

“If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. If you schedule it, it’s real.”

Self Discipline

“Complexity is the enemy of execution.”



“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”


Change Your Life Quotes

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.”


“It takes no courage to be a pessimist, to say it’s not going to work”

Feel free to add or start a conversation in the comment thread below with your interpretation of this quote.

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