It’s been said that many lawyers are risk averse, that we like to play it safe. Now I’m not sure if that means the type of person who chooses to become a lawyer is by nature risk averse, or rather if it is a trait acquired in law school or while practicing. In any event, it is a characteristic that we at times must overcome to stand tall in who we are and follow our dreams with vision and purpose.
A book that has inspired me to live courageously is Osho’s, “Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously”. This philosophical piece, bursting at its binding with wisdom, begins with this sentence: “Courage means going into the unknown in spite of all the fears.” Osho further states, “[c]ourage does not mean fearlessness.” Yes! Courage does not mean fearlessness. However, Osho goes on to explain that the more we are courageous, the less fear we will feel.