If you want to start chasing your dreams and improving your life I know these Les Brown quotes will help you succeed!
Les Brown is one of the best motivational speakers ever and is a best-selling author who has impacted millions of people around the world. His story is one of the most inspirational ones you will ever learn about.
At birth, Les Brown and twin brother Wesley were given up for adoption after being born in an abandoned building outside Miami. At a young age, he was labeled things like the “dumb twin” and one teacher even labeled him EMR (educable mentally retarded).
He struggled his way through school, even being held back several times.While it seemed like the world was against him a teacher changed his life by saying, “Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”
Les found his higher ground in life and began to expand outside his comfort zone. After working at the radio station, he was given his shot to DJ after another DJ was unable to work.
Once Les took the mic his voice resonated with his audience and his career took off. He went on to speak to thousands, host his own talk show, serve in Congress, publish several books, and buy his mother Mammie Brown her dream house.
I first learned about Les from his epic Georgia Dome speech (watch it here).
Use these 52 Les Brown quotes to get inspired and start living your dreams.
Les Brown Quotes About Success
Les Brown came from nothing to creating a dream life. When I heard him speak at Success Live event he said that success was not easy and that he had to “fail his way to success.” Don’t fear failure — embrace it!
The most successful people in the world failed the most.”
“The greatest revenge is massive success.”— Les Brown
“Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
Don’t let someone else’s opinion become your reality.”
“Earning a million dollar was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. Convincing myself that I was capable of earning a million dollars took years of work.
“You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.” — Les Brown
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”
“Know your gifts and share them.”
“You have to learn how to fail your way to success.”
When your why is big enough you will find your how.” — Les Brown
“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”
Les Brown Quotes About Living Your Dreams
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” — Les Brown
“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.”
If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dream.”
“The people that want to step into their greatness are hungry.”
“I don’t know what you’re up against, I don’t know what you’re facing. But here’s what I do know: You’ve got something special, you’ve got greatness in you, and I know it’s possible that you can live your dream.” — Les Brown
“Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.”
Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.”
Les Brown Motivation to Start Goal Setting
“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster…then your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.”— Les Brown
Goals help you channel your energy into action.”
“You must see your goals clearly and specifically before you can set out for them. Hold them in your mind until they become second nature.”
“It takes someone with a vision of the possibilities to attain new levels of experience. Someone with the courage to live his dreams.”
“Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” — Les Brown
As you reach your goals set new ones. That is how you grow and become a more powerful person.”
“Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.”
Les Brown On Life
“Life is a fight for territory and once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over.”— Les Brown
“If you don’t program yourself, life will program you.”
“Just because Fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.”
“We have to live life with a sense of urgency so not a minute is wasted.”
“Life has no limitations except the ones you make.”— Les Brown
“You don’t get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.”
“It’s not over until I win.”
“You must be willing to do what others won’t do, to have what others won’t have.”
“I will heighten my life by helping others heighten theirs.”— Les Brown
Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.”
“Your level of belief in yourself will inevitably manifest itself in whatever you do.”
“You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.”
Honor your commitments with integrity.”
Act the way you want to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.”— Les Brown
“You need to make a commitment, and once you make it. Then life will give you some answers.”
“If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past… they may hinder your ability to live in the present.”
“The truth that will set men free, is the truth men don’t want to hear.”— Les Brown
Want shows up in conversation, expectation shows up in behavior.”
“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.”
“Our ability to handle life’s challenges is a measure of our strength of character.”— Les Brown
Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it.”
“When you want something, you have to be willing to pay your dues.”
Why You Need to Stay Positive
“Align yourself with people you can learn from, people who want more out of life, people who are stretching and searching and seeking some higher ground in life.”
“It’s necessary to get the losers out of your life if you want to live your dream.”— Les Brown
“People inspire you, or they drain you. Pick them wisely.”
Forgive those who have hurt you.”
“All of us need to grow continuously in our lives.” — Les Brown
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Les Brown Georgia Dome Speech (Motivational Speech)
Les delivers one of the best motivational speeches of all time! Every time I listen to it I get the chills. He’s a truly gifted speaker when he can fill the entire Georgia Dome full of people and captivate them for 30+ minutes. Watch it here!
And check out his 5 biggest lessons to achieving success!
Les Brown 5 Keys to Sucess
1. Believe in Yourself
I was fortunate enough to see Les Brown speak at a Success Live seminar earlier this year and couldn’t believe how successful he has become. The biggest takeaway is that you have to believe in yourself if you want to achieve anything great.
It all starts with you. Not your parents, your spouse or your friends.
If you don’t believe you are capable of something amazing you will not create lasting change and greatness in your life.
As Les put it, “Making the first million was easy. Believing I was capable of being someone who could make a million dollars took decades.”
2. Fail Your Way to Success
People are so scared to fail — “failure’ is one of the reasons I felt like I missed a ton of opportunities because I was scared of looking bad.
Do you have something you want to do in your life but think you might fail so you just don’t do it?
As Les pointed out in his speech, the average millionaire goes bankrupt at least 3.5 times. That is crazy!
This statistic shows that failure is just part of the process for success.
The only real failure is when you quit entirely when you have something left in the tank.
As long as you learn from each “failure” it’s not really failing. Keep learning, keep growing and you will eventually fail your way to success.
3. Audit Your Circle of Friends
As Les said, “You gotta get the losers out of your life.”
This is a common trait among successful people — they surround themselves with winning people. If you have negative, pessimistic people as your friends it will be really hard to achieve your goals.
Don’t waste another moment with someone who is dragging you down.
If you have to lose some friends or need to distance yourself, do it. I’ve done this over the years and while sometimes it’s hard, often times it’s necessary.
A great exercise is to write down the 20 people you spend the most time with. Mark a (+) or (-) next to each of them.
Start spending more time with the positive people and phasing out the ones that are negative. If you’re struggling to do this with a negative friend have an open, honest conversation with them.
Let them know you’re working on hanging with positive, uplifting people and see how they react.
4. Stay Hungry For Success
Anyone can create goals, but you must have discipline and a great work ethic to make them happen.
As Les says, “You gotta be hungry.”
I love this quote! Too many people in today’s world quit when things get hard.
If you want to change anything you must be persistent and take massive action.
Sometimes you will have to get up early, stay late, workout longer, or eat less to achieve your goals.
Teach yourself to be disciplined so you can be successful in anything you want to change in your life. One of the easiest ways?
Start waking up early and creating your perfect morning routine!
5. Don’t End Up With Regret
Les had a powerful quote I’ve heard in several videos, “If you died today, what ideas, what dreams, what books, what gifts will die with you?”
This is a very powerful way to motivate you to stop “waiting until Monday” to start something new. For me, it would be a lot of unwritten books, speeches I’ve never given, and people I haven’t helped.
Of course, this will be different for everyone but the important thing to remember is to quit procrastinating.If you want to change your life start it now, no need to wait until next week or next year.
Les Brown’s Rules for Success
Les Brown is a true inspiration and someone who has helped millions of people by sharing his incredible story with others. Learn and use these Les Brown motivational speeches to change your life.
He’s found his passion and works every day to help to impact more people.
That is the ultimate definition of success in my world.
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