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The Bravery Tapes.

December 13, 2013

The Bravery Tapes.

By Jens Erik Gould.


Why bravery?

It helps build a better world. It’s inspiring to watch people doing acts of courage in the face of adversity. It shows us the resilience of the human spirit, and inspires us to be brave in our own lives. This can be powerful because it stirs up the emotions and moves people deeply.

The problem is that we often don’t examples of bravery even though they’re all around us. People do acts of courage on our streets, in our office buildings, in their cars as they pass by. They’re everywhere; yet we don’t know it. Bravery Tapes aims to uncover these stories and acquaint people with them in a moving way, so that they will be inspired in their own lives. Even if someone makes the smallest change in their lives, it’s worth it. That’s growth.

Take a look at the most recent Bravery Tapes episode (below) that was released this week.

Ted Wiard had the classic, all-American life: he was a schoolteacher and tennis pro who married his high school sweetheart and had two beautiful daughters. Then in a short time period, his brother, wife, mother-in-law and two daughters all died. It was tragic. Ted could no longer bear the pain and had thoughts of ending his life. But he found the courage to turn everything around and use these awful experiences as fuel to help others. In beautiful Taos, New Mexico, he opened Golden Willow Retreat, the country’s first treatment center dedicated to grief and loss. Hopefully people will see this video be inspired to be better in they’re lives.



Jens Erik Gould is a journalist, singer-songwriter and creator of the web series Bravery Tapes. He is currently TIME Magazine’s main contributor from Los Angeles, and has reported from over a dozen countries for The New York Times, Bloomberg and National Public Radio. Bravery Tapes has been featured in the LA Times, TIME and Huffington Post. As a musician, Jens has released three albums, has performed in multiple countries and performs regularly across Southern California. His most recent record “Guns Down” was released in 2012.