courage Bethenny Frankel

Be Courageous

Sometimes, forging the path to a new life is scary, and you might have to take a leap of faith. There is a difference between courage and stupidity, so listen to your inner voice. If you are waking up in the middle of the night thinking, this is a huge mistake, then maybe you need to rethink your move. However, if your inner voice says, “Jump,” then jump! It’s like skydiving. It should be a healthy, thrilling fear but not a crippling, nauseating fear. Don’t jump out of a (metaphorical) airplane with kids strapped to your back and don’t throw away your 401(k) and your insurance if your family needs those things, but if you have the freedom and the financial cushion to do it, then do it, even if it involves scary things like moving or adjusting your family to a new situation.

The greatest things that ever happened to me were the things I was a little bit afraid to do but I felt, in my gut, were going to be life changing. In the talk-show industry, I’ve been told that the shows that are the hardest to sell end up doing the best. Sometimes you have to push through fear and resistance to get where you want to be.

This is an excerpt from Skinnygirl Solutions by Bethenny Frankel, available on