How To Be Bold As A Lion

The movie True Grit opens with a quote from the book of Proverbs: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth”. A statement containing powerful truth, for sure.

But as I sat in the theater watching that movie, I had the nagging sense the screenwriters had left something out. So when I got home, I looked up the reference.

Lion portrait

The movie quoted only half that particular verse. The entire passage reads like this…

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” – Proverbs 28:1

I'm not really criticizing the film. For the purposes of that story, it was a quite appropriate use of Scripture.

While that's interesting to me, what's more interesting is how the second half of this verse applies to you and me. In our families, in our businesses, and in our lives.

The secret to being as “bold as a lion”-to being fearless, confident, and relentless in the pursuit of what we seek-is the conviction that what we are doing is what we are supposed to be doing.

A different way of saying it: when we are “on purpose”, pursuing the destiny that we were created for, we find reserves of courage and boldness we did not know we possessed.

If you find yourself feeling timid, fearful, even pursued… it doesn't mean you're wicked. But it might mean you need to reconnect to your purpose.


Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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