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Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently by Gregory Berns

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THREE

Fear—The Inhibitor of Action

I have learned over the years that when one’s

mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing

what must be done does away with fear.

—Rosa Parks

IF BRANCH RICKEY WAS AN iconoclast for hiring Jackie Robinson to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson was equally an iconoclast for having the courage to do so. It is hard to overestimate the symbolic importance of Jackie Robinson. Born in Cairo, Georgia, in 1919, a grandson of a slave, Robinson seemed an unlikely candidate to become an icon. His father left when he was six months old, and Robinson’s mother picked up the family and moved to Southern California. Although he grew up in a somewhat more integrated environment in Pasadena, Robinson still knew the pains ...

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