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'Courage is all about facing down failure'

Keelin Shanley was one of a number of female leaders from various walks of life who were asked to write about what courage means to them. The following is her piece which appeared in LIFE Magazine last year

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Keelin Shanley

Keelin Shanley

Keelin Shanley

Courage is the ability to put worry, ego and fear to one side and push forward to try and bring about change. It's being able to say, 'What's the worst that can happen?' and facing down the prospect of failure.

Courage is different to resilience, but the two are often confused. Resilience is about being able to deal with adversity, or making the best of something when you have no choice but to put up with it. Courage, to me, is proactive - choosing the tough route, when you also have an easier option.

It's the person who intervenes when they see bullying or mistreatment; the person who questions the status quo; who risks their own well-being or comfort to do the right thing.