When I was in college, I sat down with one of my mentors to talk about my future. I was a senior at the time and, though I was not sure what I was going to do with my life then, (not that much has changed since) I was pretty sure about the man I wanted to become. I wanted to grow in discipline and grow in boldness. I wanted to be someone who was not characterized by the fear of man, but by his convictions.
"Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."
-- Philippians 2:12-13