Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what needs to be done even when it is really hard or scary. When you feel afraid, name the fear and then let it go. Stand up for what you know is right. Courage is an essential ingredient in growing up. It’s what propels each of us to reach new milestones—from learning to walk to learning math—even though the effort seems hard or painful. Courage can be physical, like jumping from a diving board, or moral, like doing the right thing in the face of possible ridicule.