Listen to episode 374 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Courage to Be True | Acheiving Real Success. Edited and adapted from Gaining the Round Above by Gustavus S. Kimball.
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Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Courage is the spirit to begin, and the determination to pursue what has been begun — to do that which is right at all hazards and at any cost. The greater part of the courage that is needed in the world, however, is not of the heroic kind.
Courage may be displayed in everyday life, as well as on heroic fields of action. Our common need is for the courage to be honest, the courage to resist temptation, the courage to speak the truth, the courage to be what we really are, and not to pretend to be what we are not, the courage to live honestly within our means, and not dishonestly upon the means of others.
Honesty should set every question at rest between you and others. It is more important than money, greatness, or wisdom. Sir Benjamin Rudyard once said: “No person is bound to be rich or great (nor to be wise); but everyone is honor bound to be honest."
Remember also that it is OPPORTUNITY that makes you and your fortune, provided you have learned how to take advantage of the opportunity.
Opportunity comes sooner or later to everyone, but rare is the person who is ready to seize it. It is not luck or natural brilliancy which puts one individual so far ahead in places of trust and honor. You will find they achieved their success by educated and well-directed energy.