Fear never changed the world

I wholeheartedly believe that there is extraordinary is in all of us; that is the capacity to be remarkable, to stand out from the crowd, to bring a different sound to the world.

So what stops us being remarkable?


Fear is what keeps us ordinary.

Extraordinary is jumping over the gap between what I know I need to do and what I think I can do.

This gap has existed in my life way more often than I care to mention.

It’s so tempting to give in to fear. Being passive is so much easier, and yet so much less satisfying.

It takes courage to show up. It takes courage to be seen and to give your opinion.

For me, fear has sometimes looked like sitting in a meeting, worried that I don’t look ‘adult’ enough (whatever that looks like!) and that people won’t take me seriously if I actually do say that idea.

Sometimes fear has looked like making the hard leadership decisions with our team, and it being the wrong decision.

Sometimes fear has been when I’ve been given an opportunity but I’m scared that I won’t be able to deliver what people expect of me.

Sometimes fear has simply looked like being ok with the unknown.


I’m determined to be extraordinary. Not the look at me I’m amazing kind of extraordinary, just an ordinary girl who chooses to show up, be seen and be heard.

The truth is that fear never changed the world. So I choose to put on my adult pants and get it handled.

Maybe we will fail, but in the words of Theodore Roosevelt, at least we will fail whilst ‘daring greatly’.

So back your self and dare greatly. The world needs more of that.

About Karina Chicote

Karina Chicote is a strategic leader for an international child’s rights organisation and writer and presenter on radio for Kin Women. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and has designed and led award-winning programs for Aboriginal children and young people. Karina has worked across the globe on campaigns in London, asylum seeker centres in Papua New Guinea, the UN General Assembly in New York and now leads strategic projects across Western Australia. Karina was a finalist for the WA Youth Work Awards in 2015 and 2016, recognising her leadership and commitment to creating change for the most vulnerable young people in our communities. Above all Karina is a wife to Lance and lover of their Pug Brixton, who amidst the seriousness of changing the world make her laugh, a lot.