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Jun 7, 2021 - Feature of the Week Quote

Genghis Khan: Note on Fear

Genghis Khan is one of the greatest and most brutal leaders in world history. His conquests rival anyone in the pantheon of empire builders and conquerors. His Mongol Empire of the 13th and 14th Centuries was breathtakingly vast.

The Mongol Empire of the 13th and 14th centuries was the largest contiguous land empire in history and the second largest empire by landmass, second only to the British Empire.


Great leaders are never without maxims. Khan’s quote below is apropos regarding fear. There is great wisdom in his words:

If you’re afraid, don’t do it.
If you’re doing it, don’t be afraid!

Gengis Khan

Who is there among us who has never been afraid of something, of someone, of some action, of some circumstance? In all honesty, we’ve all been afraid at some time or another.

Genghis Khan’s advice is very simple but not so easy to execute. Yet, it is valuable counsel to live by and place in our arsenal of weapons to protect us from failure and defeat, to motivate us and keep us from sitting on the fence, stuck in a mindset of inaction and stagnation, wasting away in a lethargy of confusion. One way or the other, be decisive. Whatever it is, don’t do it if you’re afraid, but if you decide to do it, then put your fear on the back burner and get it done.