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As cherry blossoms reach peak bloom in our hometown of Washington, DC, we’re reminded that spring comes with a strong sense of renewal. While we aren’t out of the weeds yet, many are feeling reenergized to reset and plan how we can be fearless in taking our bold ideas forward.

As you think about how you can be a changemaker in your community, you may find Jean Case’s five Be Fearless principles for a life of breakthroughs and purpose helpful. Wishing everyone luck in their fearless endeavors!

  1. MAKE BIG BETS & MAKE HISTORY People can be naturally cautious. They look at what’s worked in the past and try to do more of it, but history-making transformation happens when people strive for revolutionary change.
  2. BE BOLD, TAKE RISKS Have the courage to try new, unproven things and the rigor to continue experimenting. Risk-taking isn’t a blind leap, but a process of trial and error.
  3. MAKE FAILURE MATTER No one seeks out failure, but if you’re trying new things, the outcome is uncertain. Great innovators make setbacks matter, applying lessons learned and sharing them with others.
  4. REACH BEYOND YOUR BUBBLE Innovation happens at intersections. Great and original solutions come from engaging with people with diverse experiences to forge unexpected partnerships.
  5. LET URGENCY CONQUER FEAR Don’t overthink it. It’s natural to want to study all angles of a problem, but don’t get caught up in the fear of what could go wrong—allow the need to act to outweigh doubts.
Young changemakers are leading the way on many pressing issues. Sophia Kianni, a National Geographic Young Explorer, founded an organization for global volunteers to translate climate science and research in an effort to break down language barriers.
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