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Robert Biswas-Diener on Courage

robert-biswas-dienerHere at Box of Crayons we often talk about how Great Work has three key attributes: focus, courage and resilience. Four years ago, I interviewed Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener about his book The Courage Quotient, which explores the science of courage and myths around courage, and looks at how we can enhance our personal courage.

I’m revisiting this interview for the #GWP300 series because, at some point in our life, we all need to take a stand and be courageous.

And I want to hear from you! What’s your favourite line or takeaway? Share it by either commenting below or tweeting me @BoxofCrayons with the hashtag #GWP300 for your chance to receive a gift from me. During this celebration we’ll be randomly selecting 10 participants and sending them a coupon for a free ebook version of The Coaching Habit.

In this chat, Robert and I bust through many courage myths to discuss:

  • The difference between general courage and personal courage.
  • How you can mindfully develop more courage.
  • Using anger as an antidote to fear.
  • Automatic versus deliberate courage.
  • How mistakes can make us more mindful.

To learn more about Robert, visit

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