How Questioning My Role in Journalism Led Me to Bravery Tapes

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How Questioning My Role in Journalism Led Me to Bravery Tapes How Questioning My Role in Journalism Led Me to Bravery Tapes
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How Questioning My Role in Journalism Led Me to Bravery Tapes

by Jens Erik Gould

February 8, 2014

While these subjects’ courage is immediately apparent, I’ve come to realize as I produce these Tapes that bravery is actually all around us in everyday life. It’s in our schools, in our offices, on our roads. It’s the adolescent scared of going in for his first kiss, the kid who stands up to the bully at school, or the husband who stays loyal to his wife despite temptation. It’s really about standing up for yourself and what you believe in during those moments when the benefits of caving in are so great. It’s doing what you think is right. I know I have much further to go to be able to consistently behave like this in my own life. It’s what I want for myself, and it’s what I want for all of humanity.

Jens Erik Gould is a regular contributor to Time Magazine and the creator and host of Bravery Tapes. Previously Jens was a staff correspondent in Mexico City for Bloomberg News and a regular contributor to The New York Times from Venezuela.

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