596: Unpacking with Courage with Candace Doby

In today’s episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and my guest, Candace Doby, as we talk about defining courage and bringing out our version of it to live a life with purpose. Candace is a speaker, author, and courage coach who helps emerging leaders activate their courage to perform to their potential in school, work, and life. She combines a decade of research on courage with her experiences leading marketing teams, solo traveling to more than 20 countries, writing a book, and starting a business. In this episode, Candace also shares more on these unique experiences and the implementable strategies they equipped her with. As always, there’s a lot to unpack, so stay tuned and enjoy the show!

The Three C’s to Courage

According to Candace Doby, courage is so complex that it consists of three components—cause, confidence, and competency.  When choosing to take risks, the first thing we have to keep in mind is our “cause.” And whatever this cause should be something so valuable to us that any risk is worth taking. In other words, it is what motivates us to make a choice. And again, these values don’t have to be set in stone. Look inward and ask yourself, what do you value in life? In turn, your answer will be your anchor, a reminder of why you chose to take any risks in the first place.  Now the second C is about our confidence. You see, confidence is critical to courage as they go hand in hand. And as Candace best described it, they are like Jay Z and Beyoncé—you absolutely cannot separate them. After all, what often stops people from choosing is not being confident in the choice itself. Then again, confidence also stems from the third C, our competence, which includes our skills, proficiencies, experiences, and knowledge. You can’t be confident in something you don’t have or don’t know about. And so, we need to have a level of knowing where we can navigate the unknown and be comfortable pursuing it at all. Hence, in being confident in your competencies, you can act courageously according to your values. 

Outline of the episode:

  • [03:03] Defining courage and the importance of living by it
  • [05:19] How Candace stumbled upon being a “courage coach”
  • [10:48] Why she focuses on coaching emerging leaders
  • [16:12] Struggling with courage amid the pandemic
  • [18:09] The power of being your #1 supporter
  • [20:50] Tapping out even when tapped into your purpose
  • [24:01] The three emotions that make us miscalculate risk.
  • [29:33] How losses always seem to loom larger than gains
  • [35:24] Her advice to anyone struggling with the crisis of confidence


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