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No Guts No Glory

There is an old saying that goes “No Guts, No Glory”.  Is it cliche to utter this phrase these days?  I don’t know, maybe it is on the cusp of being outdated and overused.

What I do know, is that the meaning of the phrase is a truth.  It is a truth as real as gravity.  It is an incontrovertible law of the universe, and anybody wanting to crush life and achieve greatly needs to live by it.

If you find yourself on some high mountain top, not playing by the rules of gravity, not respecting it, it will lead to a loss of life.

Like gravity, if a person is trying to bring a dream or goal into reality, but doesn’t respect the law of risk, it will lead to a loss of more than life.  It will lead to a loss of time, resources, effort, and spirit.

Glory will always be off in the distance, if we don’t take the risks necessary to bring us closer to it.  If you don’t challenge your boundaries, if you don’t take the risks needed to move forward, you will stagnate.  Like a tree, if we are not growing, we are dying.

With that being said, it’s essential we accept the essence of this saying as a truth. Internalize it. Because it’s the only obstacle standing between you and that remarkably bright future that awaits you.

Your Capacity For Greatness

We all have the capacity for greatness.  We all have the capacity for improving our lives and reaching extraordinary levels of success.   I truly and deeply believe this.  If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t be writing these words today.  I do believe.  I believe so strongly in possibilities, possibilities for you, for me, and for everyone else.

I’ve been studying successful people for a while now, and one of the traits common to them all, was fearlessness.  Having heightened levels of fearlessness lead them to having increased possibilities and opportunities in life.  Their capacity for greatness shrunk or expanded in proportion to their levels of fearlessness.

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Rite of Passage

Every successful person has taken their lumps from life.  These lumps, bruises, war wounds, whatever you want to call them; come from taking action; Fearless  action!

Taking risks is a rite of passage for achieving what we want in life.  It is the only path, the only way, to achieve personal greatness.

I am not sure what you have going on in your life at this moment.   I know we are all in different places on our personal journeys.  But, what I do know is this; We all have decisions to make; Decisions that involve risk: Decisions that are either going to help us to move forward or move backwards.

Here are 30 “No Guts, No Glory” quotes.  Quotes to help you move forward, to seize the day.  Quotes to get you fired up to seize your greatness and crush life.

Behold, 30 Glorious Quotes to Live By

Best No Guts No Glory Quotes

1. “Glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.” – Charles de Gaul

2. “Live dangerously and you live right.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

3. “Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

4. “The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible — and achieve it, generation after generation.” – Pierce S. Buck

5. “Don’t call it insecurity – Call it freedom, Don’t call it uncertainty, Call it wonder.” – Osho

6. “The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

7. “If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough.” –  Mario Andretti

8. “Safe is Risky.” – Seth Godin

9. “Run towards your fears ….face fear fast.” – Robin Sharma

10. “Life is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting.” – Karl Wallenda

11. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

12. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” –  Robert F. Kennedy

13. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S Eliot

14. “It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all.” – William James

15. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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16. “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” –  Peter Drucker

17. “The only person who never makes mistakes is the person who never does anything.” –  Dennis Waitely

18. “Greatness lives on the edge of destruction!” – Will Smith

19. “Do not be too timid and squeamish about your reactions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

20. “The most dangerous moment comes with victory.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

21. “The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” –  D.E.B Dubois

22. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” –  George Elliot

23. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

24. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot: but make it hot by striking.” – William B. Sprague

25. “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.” – Mark Twain

26. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner

27. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi

28. “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

29. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

30. “Fate loves the fearless.” – James Russell Lowell

Have The Guts to Seize Your Moment

Go Do

Okay, you’ve read these no guts no glory quotes and should now be fired up.  The time has come for you to go do and dare greatly.  If you want a remarkable life, a life worth remembering, it’s going to start with one thing; bold action.

What immediate action are you going to take to bring more glory into your life? Remember, No Guts, No Glory.

Choose to do something today to boldly express the greatness residing within you.  You can succeed.  Your life can get better! So, what are you going to do now?

Get fearless my friend, go take some risks, and Go Get Your Glory!

Till next time,


PS – If you’re ready to stop living like a lemming and start living like a legend, then this is for you.

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