What-do-you-needTemerity is a rarely used English word that is generally only used in a sentence such as, “She had the temerity to ask for a pay rise.”

It describes audacity, boldness, perhaps even a subtle hint of hubris.

But we don’t like it because we would rather hide behind our false humility, our mistaken belief that success only belongs to a chosen few.

And so we need more temerity, and not just in asking.

We need temerity to chase after our dreams.

We need temerity to put our ideas out there.

We need temerity to launch that business.

We need temerity to be a lion, not a zebra.

We need temerity to offer our expertise and to give advice.

We need temerity to provide real leadership during challenging times.

We need temerity to believe that we can change the world.

What do you need temerity for?

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