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Letting go of all fears and doubts to complete a task no matter what the cost.

In the scene, Jackie Robinson became so angered that he left the field and broke his bat in pieces. The racist remarks from his opponent, the fans, and even his own teammates had begun to take its toll.


Branch Rickey convinced Robinson to exercise courage. Opposed to giving up, Rickey encouraged Robinson to go back on the field so that he could hit, score, and help win the game. In addition, he encouraged Robinson by telling him that everyone needed him.


“…do not ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be

contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

Maya Angelou’s quote tells us that through exercising courage, Robinson could move past the pain on and not relive the past.



First lady Michelle Obama’s quote is truly realized as Robinson’s acts of courage in 1947 have sparked many that have come behind him and are excelling in various industries to this day.

COURAGE means...

  1. Being fearless

  2. Believing in yourself

  3. Overcoming obstacles

  4. Being brave when others are not

  5. Not being afraid to do something

  6. Standing up for what you believe in

  7. Continue moving ahead no matter what

  8. Believing in yourself despite the situation

  9. Believing in yourself when no one else does

  10. Never letting anyone steer you off your path

  11. Being able to do something despite all obstacles

  12. Being able to do something without backing down

  13. Standing up for yourself despite what people think

  14. Never giving up on your goal even if others doubt you

  15. Having the strength to achieve your goals no matter what

  16. Doing what you know is the right thing to do for yourself

  17. The ability to make change or the right decision through adversity

  18. Standing up for what you believe in despite how scared you may be

  19. Having the skill to ignore when people direct you down the wrong path

  20. When you are faced with challenges and get knocked down, you get up

  21. Being respectful and always believing in yourself and encouraging others

  22. Having confidence in yourself and constantly pushing yourself to do better

  23. Empowering yourself through fear and mustering the strength to overcome

  24. Being tough and standing your ground when everything else is against you

  25. Being strong and confident when others doubt you, hate you and even hurt

  26. Being able to complete the task despite being scared or worried about the outcome

  27. Believing in yourself, trying your hardest, never giving up, and ignoring discrimination

  28. Moving forward and blocking out all the negative and focus on what's important to you

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