The Importance of Courage in Your Life

What you need to be free and happy

Bill Abbate
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4 min readJan 3, 2022


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One of the noblest virtues we can possess in life is courage. What could we accomplish without it? When used for good, courage is a valued virtue (moral excellence) and a desirable attribute (a quality, character, or characteristic).

Courage as a virtue

Because of the frailty of a newborn, no one comes into this world with courage. But each of us is born with the potential to build it in our lives.

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.” Marguerite Annie Johnson a.k.a Maya Angelou (1928–2014)

There is no more important virtue than courage. It would be impossible to maintain any other virtue without it. Kindness, generosity, honesty, forgiveness, selflessness, and all other virtues depend and rest on courage.

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” C. S. Lewis (1989–1963)

Building a life on courage

As we mature, the amount of courage we possess defines us. With much courage, we expand our life, abilities, and responsibilities. With little courage, each of these suffers.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anaïs Nin (1903–1977)

To accomplish practically anything in life requires courage. If you have no courage, you will shrink from trying something new, and you will have great difficulty picking yourself up to try again after failing. Without courage, how could you fully appreciate your achievements and push to achieve more?

“Success is never final and failure never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” George F. Tilton (1861–1932)

What courage is and what it provides

You will take risks, grow, do more and become more with courage. Having courage does not mean you are without fear, but it does mean you will face fear and overcome it.

“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…



Bill Abbate

Leadership Writer and Editor in ILLUMINATION, Leadership/Executive Coach, Author