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Among the traits that one could have, courage stands high above the rest. It takes a special person to have courage, and not everyone does.


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While most believe that courage is the removal of fear, it is the ability to act despite your fear. We often think of courage as something that someone is either born with or not. However, courage is a skill that anyone can develop. The main key to being courageous is aligning yourself with the traits and habits of a courageous person. Below, I am going to cover 8 personality traits of the most courageous people.

1. They display confidence.

Courageous people may not always feel confident, but they tend to display that way, regardless. From the outside looking in, a courageous person will appear as someone who stands strong and believes in themselves.

Dive into The Confidence Code” by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. It’s like having a personal mentor guiding you through the jungle of self-doubt to emerge with unshakeable confidence. This book is a treasure trove for anyone looking to stand strong and believe in themselves, just like those courageous souls we admire.

2. They have integrity.

Integrity is important because we can do the right thing, even when no one is around. It is being a good person, even when no one is there to witness the behavior. True integrity is authentic decency.

Grab a copy of The Integrity Advantage” by Kelley Kosow. Picture this as a heart-to-heart conversation about walking the talk of authenticity and integrity. It’s like a roadmap to being your truest self, showing you how to live a life aligned with your deepest values.

3. They are bold.

Courageous people tend to be bold. They make big moves, and once they have decided to do something, they do it. They don’t wait around for life to happen to them, they make life happen.

Check out Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown. Imagine sitting down with a good friend who encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and embrace your bold side. This book is a beacon for anyone ready to make big moves and live life fully, courageously.

4. They are self-aware.

Courageous people are highly self-aware. They know themselves on a whole other level. They face the worst and best parts of themselves so that they can understand themselves in a way that gives them major advantages.

5. They are optimistic.

Courageous people tend to be more positive-minded. In times of struggle, they do not see the obstacle, so much as the opportunity to grow.

6. They have grit.

Grit is our ability to keep going, even when we feel like we are failing. It is our refusal to give up. It is perseverance and resilience combined into one.

7. They are authentic.

Courageous people are truly authentic. They are who they say they are, and they never pretend to be someone they are not. You do not have to worry about who you are dealing with, because what you see is what you get.

8. They have strong empathy.

A truly courageous person will be highly empathetic. They are considerate of others and think about others much of the time. In most cases, they would not think twice before jumping in to help someone who is in need.

Explore The Art of Empathy” by Karla McLaren. Think of it as a guidebook for the heart, teaching you the language of empathy. It’s perfect for those who want to understand and share the feelings of others more deeply, just like the heroes of empathy we all look up to.