What is Audacity? 3 Keys to an Unconventional Life

I grew up in Atlanta, the black Mecca located right there in the Deep South.

My childhood was full of great times, but there was always an underlying current of animosity and violence in the air.

This forced me and the others I grew up with to always have to prove ourselves and be extremely bold.

If not, the wolves circling would be ready to tear you limb from limb.

So from an early age, I embraced audacity as a way of life.

Audacity is defined as:

  1. boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions.
  2. effrontery or insolence; shameless boldness: His questioner’s audacity shocked the lecturer.
  3. Usually, audacities. audacious acts or statements.

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Without audacity as a constant companion, you wouldn’t get very far in the neighborhoods I spent my early childhood.

As I’ve grown older, my audacious nature has taken on a more mature form but at heart, it’s still exactly the same.

In this post, I’ll discuss what it means to be audacious

How to live a life full of audacity

Real life examples of what audacity has done.

What Does Audacity Mean?

I’ve already given you the textbook definition of audacity so we’re going to take a detour from what our English teachers would’ve prescribed.

Let’s contemplate why audacity in our lives truly matters.

Have you ever known something was right for you or was meant to be, but you kept on putting it off?

Kept failing to go for the gold?

You kept asking yourself what if it goes wrong or what if I fail.

That’s the lack of audacity at its finest.

It’s a trap that every man, woman, and child has fallen into at some point or another in their lives.

I’m not going to tell you it’s OK because it’s not. What I will tell you is that it’s more common than you think and that it’s beatable.

Our lives have been shaped by popular media and mass education. It’s not in the best interest of the powers that be for everyone to believe in themselves enough to chase their dreams.

Don’t believe me?

OK

What is the American dream?

A wife, kids, two cars, and a white picket fence.

At least, that was the American dream I grew up on and it sucks like there’s no tomorrow. It doesn’t suck for the reasons you might be thinking.

It’s not because I don’t like kids, I love them and want to have a football team.

It’s not that I don’t want a house; I want to have places to live all over the world without being tied to one location.

It’s not that I don’t like the idea of two cars, I’d rather rent cars in different cities around the world and not have to worry about a car note.

The American dream is good for some people and if that’s what you want, you should stop reading this post because the Idea’s I’m about to share will be too out of the ordinary for you.

They’ll upset you and you’ll start to question what you’ve believed in since you were a child.

I don’t have the time, strength, or temperament to deal with you and your broken heart.

In a word, Audacity is going for what you want regardless of what may happen as a result of your actions.

Audacity at its finest.

In 1813, Napoleon Bonaparte and his army that once struck fear into an entire generation were fleeing to France across the decimated farmlands of Europe after coming up against an enemy even he couldn’t defeat; mother nature.

His campaign in Russia had turned into a disaster after facing the Russian winter and the most powerful fighting force in the world at the time was decimated without a real battle being fought.

The ones that had survived the confrontation in Russia and the subsequent pursuit were dropping on their feet every day from exposure and starvation.

Napoleon himself was undaunted, and even though he was outmanned, outgunned, and outmaneuvered, he struggled on for the next few months against the sixth coalition of European nations.

Eventually, he was defeated at the battle of Montmartre and forced to abdicate his throne and leave for exile on the tiny island of Elba.

It was more than just a defeat for someone like Napoleon; it was a slap in the face. He had conquered a continent and brought the greatest rulers to their knees.

Now, in order to mock him, those rulers allowed him to oversee a minuscule principality in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

Instead of accepting his fate, Napoleon hatched a plan to leave his prison and in early 1815.

an audacious napoleon landing on the beaches of Europe

He succeeded by slipping through the British Naval blockade with 1,000 hardened veterans and landing on the shores of Europe where he proceeded to France through the Alps.

As he marched, thousands of his former troops flocked to him and swelled his ranks to an army as powerful as the one which allowed him to conquer most of Europe.

When he arrived in Paris, the puppet king had fled, the gates of the city were thrown open, women and children flocked to the streets with flowers and garlands, and exiled emperor returned home as a conquering hero to reign for the next 100 days.

A man that embodied the power, hope, will, and bravery of a nation.

A man that believed in Audacity as a way of Life.

How to Apply Audacity to get everything you’ve ever wanted.

I won’t take up your time with hundreds of different points and long winded explanations because it’s not necessary.

Either you do it or you don’t.

Here are 3 facets of audacity that will change your life for the better almost instantly.

  1. Do what you want

Stop worrying about what others say, think, or do. You came into this world alone and will leave alone. If you are unsuccessful then no one will share that burden with you. When you’re successful, everyone wants a piece of the pie.

It’s up to you to decide whether you’ll do what you want irrespective of the perceived consequences. Usually, the consequences are minimal and the benefits are astronomical

  1. Don’t hesitate

The most palpable pain for a man of action is to be out of action. Napoleon himself didn’t hesitate, Alexander the Great didn’t hesitate, and you won’t hesitate.

Hesitation will kill all the seeds of audacity you’ve built up and leave you reeling from what could’ve been.

Hesitation is what prevents you from taking the best opportunities presented to you, hesitation is what prevents you from making big life decisions, and hesitation prevents you from being the person you thought you could be.

Don’t hesitate, fortune favors the bold.

3. Embrace your calling

This is my personal favorite, although being born for a certain purpose in life is a myth, it’s not a myth to believe you can find and devote yourself to a calling.

When you fuse a life mission with unmitigated audacity, nothing in this world will be able to stop you from achieving your goals.

Audacity is the beginning and the end of any meaningful accomplishment in this world, embrace it or those who do will determine what the future will look like.

Conclusion

Being audacious and practicing audacity as a lifestyle is much more than trying to be reckless, disregarding authority, and your own personal safety.

It’s about being true to yourself in all situations. Being bold, strong, and sure of what you want and moving mountains to get it.

If you can do that, if you can consistently practice audacity in everything you do then the world will become your oyster.

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