Face your fears

Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady when her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, and Ryan Evans, U.S. Navy veteran and a former student of mine at the community college, at first would appear to have nothing in common. But when I thought of the former last week, the latter came to mind.
When I shared with the students in my public speaking classes, most of whom are terrified, a famous quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, I immediately thought of Ryan.
“Do one thing every day that scares you,” Eleanor Roosevelt said.
As I said that, I pictured Ryan sitting in my office and laying out his future plans which were loaded with lofty challenges. When I commended the way he was always willing to push himself, he shrugged and said, “There’s no growth in comfort.”
That applies to everyone, not just college students.

Ed Ackerman