“Bran: Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?
Eddard: That is the only time a man can be brave.”
(Source: A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin)
Yes, taking a chance and speaking up could make you look stupid. And yes, keeping silent and taking the high road may require a ton of resolve. But, let fear not be an excuse for lack of courage.
True courage isn’t the absence of fear. It is knowing that there are other things more important than fear.