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Bear Grylls Quotes

Edward Michael Grylls

Bear Grylls quotes: perspective from the adventurer slash entrepreneur.

“Life’s full of lots of dream-stealers always telling you you need to do something more sensible. I think it doesn’t matter what your dream is, just fight the dream-stealers and hold onto it.”

“Don’t be scared to dream big, and don’t be afraid to be close to people. And never give up! It’s the tenacious, not the talented, that win.”

“Success almost always follows great attitude. The two attract each other!”

“Pack the right skills and the right attitude, and you won’t need much else.”

“The greatest journeys all start with a single step.”

“Life doesn’t reward the naturally clever or strong but those who can learn to fight and work hard and never quit.”

“Our achievements are generally limited only by the beliefs we impose on ourselves.”

“Our dreams are just wishes, if we never follow them through with action. And in life, you have got to be able to light your own fire.”

“The only difference between ‘try’ and ‘triumph’ is varying degrees of ‘umph.'”

“You only get one chance at life and you have to grab it boldly. Take every chance you get in life. Because some things only happen once.”

“Change the way you use your time, and you change your life.”

“Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.”

“You can’t live someone else’s expectations in life. It’s a recipe for disaster.”

“It is only when you really step out of your comfort zone that you grow.”

“What I’ve learned over the years is that the path less traveled always makes for a more interesting journey. If you simply do what everyone else is doing, how can you ever expect to excel and create something wonderful and unique in your life?”

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is so often just simply that little word: extra. And for me, I had always grown up with the belief that if someone succeeds it is because they are brilliant or talented or just better than me… and the more of these words I heard the smaller I always felt! But the truth is often very different… and for me to learn that ordinary me can achieve something extraordinary by giving that little bit extra (when everyone else gives up) meant the world to me and I really clung to it.”

“Survival can be summed up in three words: never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying.”

“Survival requires us to leave our prejudices at home. It’s about doing whatever it takes—and ultimately, those with the biggest heart will win.”

“Look, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, sometimes you need a bit of luck. But never depend on those luck moments—they are gifts—but instead always build your own backup plan.”

“The line between life or death is determined by what we are willing to do.”

“Both faith and fear may sail into your harbor, but only allow faith to drop anchor.”

“Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.”

“You’re not human if you don’t feel fear. I am not fearless. I get scared plenty. But I have also learned how to channel that emotion to sharpen me. It’s there to give me that edge for what I have to do.”

“I also knew if I could somehow replace my doubt with hope, my fear with courage, and my self-pity with a sense of pride, then I just might be able to do this.”

“As a society, we’ve become terrified of failure, but you can’t grow without risking it.”

“If you risk nothing you gain nothing. Without risk, there can be no growth.”

“The storms in life gotta make you stronger. The tougher it gets, the more positive you gotta be.”

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

“All worthwhile journeys have big obstacles. It’s the way of the world. The rewards go to those who can push through those trying moments and still manage to keep a smile on their face.”

“Life is about getting up again, dusting yourself down again, learning from the lessons and then pushing on.”

“You can’t become a decent horseman until you fall off and get up again, a good number of times. There’s life in a nutshell.”

“And if you give your heart to a goal, it will repay you. It’s the law of the universe.”

“A man’s pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance.”

“My faith is an important part of my life and over the years I’ve learnt that it takes a proud man to say he doesn’t need anything. It has been a quiet strength and a backbone through a lot of difficult times.”

“Faith is personal if it’s to be real.”

“We all have our limits. To push beyond those limits sometimes requires something just beyond ourselves. That is what my faith has given me—a secret strength, and help when I have needed it most.”

“Never give up, never give in.”

“Life has taught me to be very cautious of a man with a dream, especially a man who has teetered on the edge of life. It gives a fire and recklessness inside that is hard to quantify.”

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity… but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”

“Dreams, though, are cheap, and the real task comes when you start putting in place the steps needed to make those dreams a reality.”

“Are you the sort of person who can turn around when you have nothing left, and find that little bit extra inside you to keep going, or do you sag and wilt with exhaustion? It is a mental game, and it is hard to tell how people will react until they are squeezed.”

“We can’t always choose our circumstances but we can choose how we respond to what life throws at us, and there is power when we realize our ability to alter our destiny.”

“When you find yourself thinking about someone or something in the same old negative way, just stop yourself. Think. Check. Change. Refresh. Job done. Smile. Move on. Do this enough times and you will change. For the better, for the stronger.”

“How you speak about others speaks loudest about yourself.”

“Make a little time to be quiet by yourself every day and just be.”

“It’s unresolved conflict in my life that I have a lovely family and a risky job.”

“I come from a line of self-motivated, determined folk—not grand, not high society, but no-nonsense, family-minded go-getters.”

“Families are like fudge—mostly sweet with a few nuts!”

“As a young boy, scouting gave me a confidence and camaraderie that is hard to find in modern life.”

“I wanted to work hard. I wanted to prove myself somehow worthy of the good things I had known.”

“All my life the only thing I’ve been good at has been climbing and throwing myself off big things.”

“The special forces gave me the self-confidence to do some extraordinary things in my life. Climbing Everest then cemented my belief in myself.”

“To me, adventure has always been the connections and bounds you create with people when you’re there. And you can have that anywhere.”

“Above all, I feel a quiet pride that for the rest of my days I can look at myself in the mirror and know that once upon a time I was good enough. Some things don’t have a price tag.”

“Life is an adventure that is best lived boldly.”

“The secret to a life well-lived is taking the resources around us—the people we know, the possessions we own, the skills we’ve acquired—and combining them in such a way that they add up to something greater than their constituent parts.”

“The lesson is, the rewards in life don’t always go to the biggest, or the bravest, or the smartest. The rewards go to the dogged; and when you’re going though hell, to the person who just keeps going.”

“Aim to live a wild, generous, full, exciting life, blessing those around you and seeing the good in all.”

“This is your life. Be bold with it. Live it with energy and purpose in the direction that excites you. Listen to your heart, look for your dreams: they are God-inspired.”

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