Just Add Courage

by: Minda Harts, CEO, The Memo

A few weeks before my book, The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table, was slated to launch, I got a call to be part of TEDxHarlem.

The rational part of me said to myself, ”Oh no, you don’t have enough time to write and prepare a talk like that in the midst of your book launch.”

Yet, the go-getter side of me said, “When will you have the opportunity again to have a book and TED Talk in the same week? Be courageous and say yes.” So I said yes.

Now, there were times in my life where I have said no to things - even though I wanted to - because fear won. Later on in life, I realized that I had to let my curiosity and courage be larger than my fear. I knew the talk wouldn’t be perfect, because many of the other speakers had months to prepare and had coaches. So I shifted gears from perfection and thought, What message do you want to get out? I have to move past giving the talk of my life and get the message out. So, as I wrote the talk, I realized I had to proceed with courage and push aside my caution.

Too many of us have forgotten that there is courage living inside each of us if we give ourselves permission to tap into it. Last week the talk went live. Is it perfect? No. Did I get the message out? Yes. More importantly--I hope it encourages you to lean into your own courage more often, because there is so much beauty on the other side of fear.


And because I wouldn’t tell you anything that I wouldn’t do myself... I present to you my first TEDx Talk: Proceed With Courage -- Leaders Can’t Be Cautious.