Our annual Altitude Day roadshow cultivates a space for courage in action, providing the platform for guest speakers to share their story, passions, life, and leadership tips with over 2,000 young people across Australia. Stepping out in courage is no small feat, it is an individual experience, unique to each person.
So we asked Sihle ‘Gugu’ Bhebhe, Brisbane Altitude Day guest speaker, and two time podcast host, what it takes for her to step out in courage, and the impact these acts of courage have in her world. This is what she had to share:
What is your definition of courage? What does courage look like to you?
Courage is the ability to do something that aligns with your values despite being scared and uncertain of the outcome. To me, courage looks like shooting your shot when an opportunity arises.
What are three steps you take and/or how do you prepare yourself to step out in courage?
Personally, I like to go into something with a back up plan and an understanding of what I could face and my options to overcome potential challenges. Sometimes, it’s asking myself ,“What’s the worst that could happen?”.
What is one courageous act you have done this year? Please describe the impact on yourself and/or others.
One act of courage that I took this year was launching my podcast, More Life, after spending a long time paralysed by the fear of failure. I love that I could finally do something that combined my love for people with my love for creative arts. I am also so grateful for the support it has gotten and the response I have received from guests, listeners, and viewers who feel that the podcast has achieved its goal – to be a place for quality time and crucial conversations.
”For me courage looks like shooting your shot, taking opportunities as they come, especially if they're things that align with your values and could have a good outcome for you in the end.
What is one piece of advice you would give to a young person that wants to step out, but feels as though they are lacking the courage to do so?
One of the main things that stops people from taking opportunities is the fear of failing. I would advise a young person to remember that failure is feedback. You can take advantage of opportunities or take a leap of faith with the understanding that if you do make a mistake, you can learn from it and do better the next time. Failure is feedback.
You are never alone when you step out in courage (although sometimes it can feel like you are), we know that a support structure is important through these times. Who and/or what is involved in your support structure?
My family and faith are the biggest parts of my support structure. I don’t know what I’d do without them! That’s why I intentionally spend quality time with them and support them when they need me as well. I truly believe that meaningful connections are crucial to stepping out in courage.