The Nausea Test

It’s very well known that daring to do great things makes us uncomfortable. Which is why the vast majority of people never do anything great in their careers or their personal lives. If we can’t embrace the nausea we feel when taking risks, we shouldn’t expect great things to happen.

One of my techniques for overcoming internal resistance to risk is to imagine myself as an old man on my death bed. In that moment, realizing that I always played it safe would be far more stomach churning than any single risk I could take now. 

To inspire you to take a giant leap, I’ve compiled 15 powerful quotes. Enjoy. And dare to do something great before it’s too late.

“Courage is really about choosing what’s right over what’s easy. Practicing your values, not just professing them. And choosing to be brave over being comfortable.”
-Brené Brown

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
-Nelson Mandela

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
-Muhammad Ali

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
-Winston Churchill

“What is the difference between a hero and a coward? . . . No difference . . . They both feel the same . . . the hero is more disciplined and he fights those feelings off and he does what he has to do.”
-Cus D’Amato

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
-T.S. Eliot

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

“I think any time people behave in a way that's truly them, then they'll never fail. You get in trouble when you try to copy others.”
-Gabrielle Reece

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.”
-Michael Jordan

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
-Thomas Edison

“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

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
-Napoleon Hill

“Success is 99 percent failure.”
-Soichiro Honda

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
-Mary Pickford