Anthony Middleton is a former British soldier, adventurer and television presenter. He is best known as the Chief Instructor on the Channel 4 television series SAS: Who Dares Wins. Middleton also appeared as the captain in the adventure/reality-show Mutiny and the survival show Escape. Profoundly inspirational Ant Middleton quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.
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Famous Ant Middleton Quotes
A lot of people want to go out there, help people, and save the world. Sadly, half the time they can’t even help themselves.
The one thing I’ve always said is I don’t want them growing up without a father, and they’re my inspiration to make sure I’m the best man I can be. I want them to have the father figure that I never had.
When you’re challenged to the extreme, you learn so much about yourself. And when you’re willing to give that ultimate sacrifice, when you’re willing to tackle a job or a task or a mission head-on and give 100%, you can achieve amazing things because you’re almost fearless.
I’m more about mind over muscle. My mindset needs to be the fittest, because it drags my body through whatever needs to be done. A lot of people neglect training their mind and their self-belief, but I believe that’s crucial.
On a 60-mile trek with a 200-kg. bergen on my back, I felt my ankle break. Some might have given up. I broke my other ankle to even up the pain. And carried on.
One minute, you’re dropping your teenage son off to a festival, and the next, you’re changing a nappy, but I love the versatility and challenge of being a father.
I don’t really miss anything, I’m so focussed on what I have to do – I’m so focussed on my work – that I don’t miss any creature comforts.
When I was younger, if I got into arguments, I’d become aggressive and violent, but I learnt the hard way that was only going to end negatively.
This is why I always tell people, don’t try to better your life, don’t try to better your work, don’t try to better your relationships. Don’t try to be rich, happy, successful. Don’t do any of that. You’ll be wasting your time. It doesn’t work. Nothing will change, and you’ll get disillusioned and burned out. Instead, you should work at trying to better who you are as a character. Be the best version of you that you can imagine, and I guarantee that all the rest of it will just fall naturally into place.
Make sure no part of that plan is ‘give up’. And don’t be a stubborn leader who, for reasons of pride, refuses to change his plan when new information presents itself.
You come on my course and enter my world – I don’t care who you are or where you’re from – you’re a number until you prove yourself otherwise.
The Special Forces is an aggressive and violent organisation. I wouldn’t want to see a woman going through that and getting shot at.
I was point man, which meant I was the first through the door, hunting down Taliban commanders, knocking down forts every night.
If you mind tells your body you can’t do it, you will quit. If your body is giving up, but you think you can carry on, you will naturally keep putting one foot in front of the other.
The military was appealing because I could just get away and do my own thing. I could have a roof over my head, be fed, and with the little bit of money I got, I could start to build me own life as I wanted to.
I was very selfish when I was in the military – a very selfish man.
I had a tough childhood after my father died when I was five, and I had a very difficult stepfather. I want to give my children what I didn’t have – a good role model.
The lowest point for me was ending up in prison after a violent event. I realised I was way out of my depth.
I joined the Marines, passed Special Forces selection, and became a young leader in the military.
In the SAS, if you’re not good enough, you’re graded out of it.
I trained my whole career to fight. I loved my job – I prioritised by job over my family, over my children.
Motivational Ant Middleton Quotes
I’m used to being in uncomfortable situations. I actually thrive in uncomfortable environments.
Don’t try to be me. No one but me can be me. But you can be you. Look inside yourself and get to know who the real you is. And then be that person. The best version of you.
I never looked for trouble, but when it found me, I wouldn’t hesitate.
If I’ve got a message to the younger generation, it’s this: don’t be scared of failure. Get out there, try things, and never be afraid to ask for help.
I’m an extreme do’er – I’m not an intellect; I’m not a bookworm. I do, do, do, and nine times out of ten, I fail, but I learn from that.
When I’m at home, I am in full Dad mode, and I love it.
Basic training was hard, but I made it – because I wanted to be the best me. Sometimes you have to learn that being the best you is being the second best you. I learned the hard way that the army doesn’t want people who always come first. Otherwise, there would be only one person in the army.
When I left the military, I thought I would not have any problems with the transition – I’m very adaptable and very versatile – but I was wrong.
If you start to pass blame or responsibility on to others, that’s when I’m going to start to get really angry.
I don’t stick to a routine, because I like to mix things up, which stops training becoming boring and helps shock muscles into firing up.
I want to see you use your brain. Get the job done efficiently. I want to see an intelligent operator at work. And apart from that, to stay on my good side, just do as you’re told.
I joined the army because I was a very self-sufficient young man. I always wanted to stand on my own two feet.
Some jobs are for women, and some jobs are for men. It has nothing to do with how capable women are.
I wanted a challenge, wanted to be self-sufficient, so I thought, ‘Go and join the army,’ at a young age, and I just happened to be good at what I done and went up the ladder and went up to the top.
Dad was wiped from our lives. The day after he died, every photo of him disappeared from the house. It was as if he’d never existed. Me and my brothers weren’t even allowed to go to his funeral. His death was made absolute.
Men are very protective, and women are nurturing.
I wanted people to know that I’m human, and I’m only successful because I’ve learned the hard way. I’ve been in so many dark places, but I got myself out.
When I first joined the army, I felt I had to be part of the alpha male culture. But I didn’t.