If you are scared of taking a risk, if you give up before you start, if you think that it’s not worth the fight, if you back down out of fear and slip back into your comfortable life instead of pursuing your dreams, then I invite you to spend a few minutes to read about Malala Yousafzai.
Malala is a 14-year old girl in Pakistan who has been campaigning and fighting for girls’ rights to go to school and receive education. She does this in a part of Pakistan where the Taliban have banned girls from attending school. Malala started her activism when she was 11.
She has been threatened by the Taliban, but she decided to carry on, to go to school every day, to inspire other girls to do the same and to publicly speak out for women’s rights in a society in which this is dangerous. Very dangerous, as it should turn out.
Two days ago, Malala was shot by a Taliban gunman while she was on the way to school. She is currently in hospital, fighting for her life. (UPDATE: She survived.)
Watch this interview with Malala from last year to feel her contagious energy and spirit and conviction:
Now whenever you face a tough decision, remember this girl and ask yourself: Do you want to be less brave than a 14-year old girl?