Bravery—it’s more than just having guts. Discover the three levels of bravery and how you can master each one to become a better, more honest version of yourself—at work and beyond.
(lively music) - Do you ever hear a word too often and then you start to question its meaning? Well, I heard the word bravery the other day and as I thought about it, I realized maybe it's more than just having guts. The more I thought about it, I realized there really are three different levels of personal bravery. Level one of personal bravery is all about being honest with yourself. Or stated differently, can you stop lying to yourself? We all have things we have to do every day that we don't enjoy.
The question is whether or not you're telling yourself the truth. It could be a behavior you see at work. It might be something your spouse does, it might involve your family, who knows, but you don't like it and you say nothing. Hey, being dishonest with yourself really does take a toll. It's fatigue, and resentment, and all kinds of stress that you don't need. Alright level two of personal bravery is all about getting honest with others. I mean are you really saying what you mean? Level two is challenging.
It means that sometimes you're going to have to be a little socially unacceptable. What? Well, think about it. To be honest with others sometimes inevitably means that you won't be aligned with what others think. This might be a circle of friends, your family, or people at work. That's a really tough question. Are you willing to upset people with a little bit of measured candor? Okay level three of personal bravery is the highest level, the most challenging, it's a place many people find difficult to attain.
Here is the time you start questioning why it is you believe what you believe. Think about it, politics, religion, family, careers, are you willing to move past a simple black and white understanding of your beliefs in order to question why you believe what you believe? (drum music) So, I have one more thought about this. I mean genuine growth in life, the kind that gives you clarity, and focus. Well, that never happens without the third level of bravery.
So I think bravery is an interesting word. I mean it could just mean that someone has guts but guts to do what? Now you know, you've got to be brave enough to be honest with yourself, brave enough to be honest with others and brave enough to question yourself. If you follow this path you have a real shot at personal development and maybe even enlightenment.