Monday Motivation: Understand More-Fear Less

Monday Motivation: Understand More-Fear Less

STOUT Inspiration + Action To Accelerate Your Week

Get inspired by ever seeking scientist Marie Curie then take action to up your understanding and move past fear.


Marie Sklodowska Curie was a Polish-born French physicist famous for her work on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in two different categories (physics and chemistry), to obtain a PhD degree from a French University and to become a professor at the University of Paris.

Born to a poor family of teachers in Poland, Marie studied secretly while working as a tutor and governess to fund her sister’s education, then began her own studies in France where she met her husband, fellow scientist Pierre Curie, with whom she worked to discover two new elements (polonium and radium) and pioneer the phenomenon they named “radioactivity”.

During the First World War, Marie Curie worked to develop small, mobile X-ray units known as “Petits Curies” and took them out to the war front with her daughter Irène to treat wounded soldiers. The Curie Institute in Paris, founded by Marie in 1921, remains today a premier cancer research facility.

First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events.
– Marie Curie



Name Your Roadblocks
Assess your unmet goals, aspirations you can’t seem to rise to meet and/or next steps that never seem to get done. Get specific and write down what is holding you back– training, funding, time, doubt – understand what you need to move forward.

Learn To Hurdle
Don’t let those obstacles keep you at the starting gate- assess, analyze and act on small goals to move forward. Breaking things down to understand each part removes the fear and lets you see the finish line is in reach.

Partner To Power Up
Colleague, friend, mentor- get someone on your side to keep you accountable and push you forward when obstacles – self imposed or outside influences- hold you back.

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