Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, gave the commencement address earlier this year to Barnard College students. On the wall at Facebook HQ, there is a poster that asks: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” She said that it was an echo what the writer Anna Quindlen once said, which was that “she majored in unafraid” at Barnard. Sandberg went on:
“Don’t let your fears overwhelm your desire. Let the barriers you face—and there will be barriers—be external, not internal. Fortune does favor the bold. I promise that you will never know what you’re capable of unless you try. You’re going to walk off this stage today and you’re going to start your adult life. Start out by aiming high. . . . Go home tonight and ask yourselves, What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it!”
What are you afraid of? What would you do if you had the courage?