There are many times in my job when I think of one word: bravery. There are many keys to success but if there was one trait that I would emphasize for a college student it would be that word—bravery. For without bravery, we would not have the courage to ask daring questions, participate in events that we may have thought we were unwelcome, or to simply apply. You have to be brave–you have to be bold–if you want to succeed.
Bravery should not be equated with brashness. Bravery is the perfect blend of well thought planning and momentary courage. You have to use your head to guide you but if you linger to long in it, you’ll likely hold yourself back for fear of rejection. Sure, rejection will come at certain points and bravery can bounce back at your face. But often times, bravery resounds and people will reward you for it.
It is in my moments of bravery that I have found the most success in my life. It has led me to new internships, fascinating people, and places where red tape would have barred me. Bravery breaks through all those walls and will get you to that place you want to be. Sitting back in the shadows and waiting for one to approach you won’t get you there—bravery is the vehicle to transport you where you need to be.
Of course, there are many other elements to success. Intelligence, persistence, dedication, and wit are just a few. But bravery blazes the trail, it will create your path if you let it exist within yourself. Don’t stamp out the inner drive you have to be brave. Let it be and be brave boldly.
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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