The other day I was listening to a podcast with Malala Yousafzai (April 3, 2018 “ Malala Yousafzai; What Is Your Defining Moment” Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul apple podcast app).  Malala Yousafzai is the young woman who was attacked by Taliban members while riding a bus to school; she was targeted because she continued to go to school after the Taliban had issued edicts that girls should not receive formal educations.  She survived the attack, along with two of her friends, and has gone on to become an international advocate for educational rights and women’s rights; she is also the youngest winner of The Nobel Peace Prize award. (For more information on her story, her work , or to find ways to support her mission, please check out her website at )

During the podcast Oprah asks Malala if she was afraid of being hurt when she was pursuing her education.  What Malala said at one point stuck with me, she said roughly, “I was more afraid of living in a world where women in my position were not allowed education and opportunities than I was afraid of being hurt in my pursuit of education.”  

When I heard her say that I thought of so many times myself or friends of mine have feared the unknown so much that we choose to stay in a mismatched job, a toxic relationship, or persist with an unhealthy habit rather than leave it for the unknown.  

What would we have decided or done differently if we have considered what our lives would be like if we were to stay another day, another year, another decade in those ill-fitting, destructive, or un-fulling situations?  Would we have been so afraid of actually staying with what we knew more than we were afraid of the unknown that we would have pulled together all of our courage, our will, and our strength to push out of the known and run into the face of the unknown?

I don’t know for sure on what we would have done in the past, but what I hope we will do going forward is consider the cost of staying in the known, and then decide if we are better off leaving because the price to pay is too high.  Even if we don’t know what we are buying into on the other side of our choice.

Never live in fear and never stop growing, doing, being, or speaking because you are afraid of what you don’t know.  

My name is Susan, and I am a Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator and the Director of Corporate Programs for the Neurosculpting® Institute. I am also a wife, mom, friend to many, a skier, a boxer and according to my dog – a pretty good dog mom!

I believe it is important for potential clients to understand how I came to Neurosculpting®, as it often connects me to you.