These are some of my favorite books on moving out of our comfort zones and into our
courage zones. All offered me both inspiration and practical advice. I listed them
alphabetically, by author, since I couldn't decide which I'd recommend first.
High Wire Management: Risk-Taking Tactics for Leaders, Innovators, and Trailblazers
by Gene Calvert, 1993.
This book shows managers how to embrace the opportunities of risk taking by changing
their perception of risk and its consequences. Using numerous examples from a variety
of organizations, Calvert explains how to manage the risk-taking process from start to
finish, while giving careful consideration to the pros and cons of each risk.
What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin' in Your Boots
by Diane Conway, 2004.
This is a book with 100 stories of men and women who break through their fears to
fulfill their life-long dreams. Each story-chapter ends with 3 "Life Challenge"
questions for you to explore.
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales, 2003.
I'm fascinated by survival stories, books like Jon Karakauer's Into Thin Air or Alive
by Piers Paul Read. Deep Survival combines hard science and powerful survival stories
to describe the art and science of survival, whether in the wilderness or in meeting
any of life's great challenges.
Slaying the Dragon: How to Turn Your Small Steps to Great Feats
by Michael Johnson, 1996.
Michael Johnson was called "the fastest man in the world" when he won gold medals for
both the 200-meter and 400-meter races in the 1996 Olympic Games. In this book, Johnson
shares his approach on how to identify your own dragon, your own fears and goals, and
how to apply his winning techniques to your personal and professional lives.
Crashing Through: The extraordinary true story of the man who dared to see
by Robert Kurson, 2007.
This is the story of Mike May, blinded at age 3, who defied expectations by breaking
world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful
inventor and entrepreneur. When he was forty-six years old, he was offered the
chance to undergo a revolutionary surgery that could restore his vision. It proved
to be one of the greatest risks of his life.
One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer, 2004.
Dr. Maurer writes about taking small steps to achieve giant leaps. Even his chapter
titles caused me to think differently: Ask Small Questions, Think Small Thoughts, Take
Small Actions, Solve Small Problems. Each of his chapters offers valuable advice and
examples for taking a different approach to reaching goals.
Courage by Bernard Waber, 2002.
This charming book for children talks about many kinds of courage - "awesome kinds and
everyday kinds" - all the way from tasting a vegetable before making a face to holding on
to your dream.
Flying By The Seat Of Your Pants: A Hang Glider Pilot's View Of Life by
Chris Waught, 2005.
This is the book I wish I'd written - although my sub-title would read "An Ultralight
Pilot's View..."! Chris writes about lessons learned from hang gliding, lessons about
finding lift in turbulence and soaring into the future. She shows how to identify
opportunities and be ready to take advantage of them, using her years of experience
flying hang gliders to deliver a fresh perspective on succeeding in a changing world.
She says, "You can soar, too. The hang gliding is optional."