Hi, I’m Niall Doherty and I created A Course In Courage.
The idea for this course originated back in January 2011 when I did a little project for my blog called Random Acts of Courage. That prompted me to go out every day for five days and do ten things that pushed me out of my comfort zone, such things as singing on the street, getting a piggyback ride from a stranger, hopping on a random bus, and flirting with some extremely attractive women. When it was all said and done, I found myself left with unprecedented feelings of self-confidence and empowerment.
This course is designed to help you feel the same way.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who might need a little help and support in building up their courage muscles. You must be willing to face your fears and step out of your comfort zone regularly to get the most out of it. Don’t expect to sign up, read through the content and instantly feel more courageous. That’s not how it works. You will be called upon to take regular courageous action. The course content and community are there to give you every advantage in mastering whatever fear you might encounter, but ultimately it will be up to you to kick its ass.
Niall has put together a course that manages to be totally in depth, yet not overwhelming. In this type of course, this is essential. You need to be able to ease into your own fears and tackle things at your own pace. His challenges from beginner to advanced are excellent. Highly recommended. - Sean Ogle, Location 180
Who is this course NOT for?
You won’t get the full benefit of this course if you live in a remote area, as lots of the challenges are best undertaken in public places. You may also want to pass on this course if you already consider yourself to be a very courageous person who has no problem facing and overcoming your fears.
By signing up for this course, it is also assumed that you are in good mental and physical health. If you have any serious health issues, drug problems, or suffer from depression, suicidal thoughts, or pervasive negative emotions, please skip this course and seek the assistance of someone with suitable training and expertise. Please read the disclaimer before signing up.
Every day Niall faces fear and does not let it rule him, and he does this thoughtfully, always trying to leave the world better than he found it. With A Course in Courage, he has built a system for you to get comfortable facing your fears. A Course in Courage teaches you to build habits that allow you to face your fears, and to face life, with thoughtful confidence and strength. - Sypros Heniadis, marinating the mind
What does the course consist of?
There are four main pillars:
- First are the challenges themselves, examples of which you can see in the right sidebar. As of this writing there are 109 challenges in the course, with plenty of supplemental info there to help you make your own attempts at them. I’ve also broken up the challenges into different sets, so you can focus on overcoming a specific fear, or start with a bunch of beginner challenges to get warmed up. I’ve tried to ensure that there are plenty of worthy challenges there for everyone. See the sidebar for a few examples.
- The second pillar of the course is the community forum. It’s easy to chicken out of a challenge when nobody knows you’re doing it, so the community aspect of the course is there for everyone to hold each other accountable, to provide that little extra inspiration and motivation you might need to step outside your comfort zone. It’s also the place where we can discuss the challenges, ask questions, and report on our successes. (Note that a premium membership is not required to post in the forum; sign up now for free).
- The third pillar of the course is the email series, featuring a dozen exclusive articles on the subject of courage. After signing up for the course, you’ll regularly receive a new article in your inbox. While the challenges aim to get you taking action out in the real world, the email series will focus more on the intellectual side of the courage dealio. To give you a taste for it, here’s a free sample article from the series: Embracing a fluid self-concept.
- And finally, there’s the resources section of the course. As well as recommended reading and viewing lists, this section includes a bunch of video interviews with courageous folk (many of whom you’ll probably recognize from the blogosphere), discussing various aspects of fear and bravery.
Sample interview with Ashley Ambirge
Here’s a free look at one of the video interviews recorded for the course, this one with the legendary Ash from The Middle Finger Project. She’s pretty damn good at being herself (something many of us have trouble with), and offers advice on how you can do the same.
» download mp3 version of the above interview
How much does it cost?
You can get full and immediate access to the course with a one-time investment of $47. Your premium membership will never expire and since I only want to get paid for the value I provide, I offer the following guarantee: if this course fails to meet your expectations, I will send you a full refund. All I ask beforehand is that you make a legitimate effort to attempt the challenges and absorb the course content.
Free buddy membership
Because it helps immensely to have a friend or family member backing you up and trying some of the challenges right along with you, when you sign up to become a premium member you get an additional premium membership ($47 value) absolutely free. Your buddy will have full access to all the course content, just like you.
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I don’t quite know how you’ve managed it but reading through the list of actions in the course, you’ve made them seem not only easy to achieve but important to do. I was quite worried about signing up because I thought they would all be outlandish and beyond me but they aren’t and they also make a lot of sense. - Caroline Leon, Life is Limitless
To get what you want in life, you must develop the courage within yourself to make it happen. Niall has designed a course that takes you by the hand and walks you through this process. IF you give your full efforts to this program, the results will be beyond what you currently believe is possible. - Mike Roberts, Big Goal Hunting