Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each new thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the world’s best loved and most admired public figures, offers a wise and intimate guide on how to overcome fears, embrace challenges as opportunities, and cultivate civic pride: You Learn by Living. A crucial precursor to better-living guides like Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening or Robert Persig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, as well as political memoirs such as John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, the First Lady’s illuminating manual of personal exploration resonates with the timeless power to change lives.
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Table of Contents
1 Learning to Learn 1
2 Fear-the Great Enemy 23
3 The Uses of Time 43
4 The Difficult Art of Maturity 61
5 Readjustment Is Endless 75
6 Learning to Be Useful 93
7 The Right to Be an Individual 109
8 How to Get the Best Out of People 131
9 Facing Responsibility 149
10 How Everyone Can Take Part in Politics 169
11 Learning to Be a Public Servant 191