Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
Courage is the willingness to put your self on the line knowing that you might fail.
Ego: the self especially as contrasted with another self or the world
Ego is your comparison to others. It is the little voice telling you the risk isn’t worth the reward – to preserve your self-image, you should run away from the courageous action and protect what you already have.
Every day, we face a question that pits our courage against our ego – “Am I good enough?”
I wrote this from my current perspective as a coach, but know that it would not be a stretch to replace the word coach with teacher/administrator, or players with students/teachers. While the way we work with our players/students/teachers may differ slightly, the questions asked and lessons learned are very similar.