I have chosen to speak about something that everyone in this audience has felt—fear. In some situations, it can preserve us; in others, it can destroy us. Fear is the starting point of my speech. However, as the title suggests, I plan to move well past it. By acknowledging and even embracing our fears, we can use that energy to our own advantage. In Chinese characters, the word crisis is represented by danger on one side and by opportunity on the other. Throughout history, it has always been the same: one door closes as another opens. The American Orthopaedic Association has a new mission and a new direction, and I intend to see that our efforts are not thwarted by what is within or what is without. Despite its many detractors, the future looks very bright, as I will describe later, but some of us may be a little too mired in the present to see it.