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American motivational speaker and author

You don't get in life what you want. You get what you are.
Les Brown

What we do and what we accomplish in life is only the tip of the iceberg of what's possible
for us. So I want you to think about some goals that you'd like to achieve and I'd like for you
to, let's say, break them up in three categories. Number one: I'd like to think about some
personal goal you'd like to achieve. And I'd like for you to think about some career goal, some
business goal that you'd like to achieve. And why don't you think about some social
contribution? Some impact you'd like to make with your life. It was Horace Mann who said,
"We should be ashamed to die until we've made some major contribution to humankind." I
believe we live in the greatest country in the world that gives us an opportunity to leave our
mark... to make a statement with our lives. And as you think about these goals, whatever
those goals are, I want you to dramatically increase those goals and I wanna warn you, I
don't want you to think about how you're going to do it. How is none of your business. The
most important thing is just to increase those goals dramatically. I found that most people
fail in life not because they aim too high and miss! Most people fail in life because they aim
too low and hit!
And many don't aim at all.
Les Brown

You wanna become a risk-taker. You wanna raise the bar on yourself. Most people won't do
that. See most people engage in low-life living, low-risk living. This God said, "If you're not
willing to risk, you cannot grow." And if you cannot grow, you cannot become your best. And
if you cannot become your best, you can't be happy. And if you can't be happy, then what
else is there?
Les Brown

You cannot be wimpy out there on the dream-seeking trail. Dare to break through barriers, to
find your own path.
Les Brown

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.
Les Brown

Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Les Brown

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
Les Brown

The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.
Les Brown

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.
Les Brown

‎Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
Les Brown

I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all
the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames.
Les Brown

Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!
Les Brown

Perfection does not exist - you can always do better and you can always grow.
Les Brown

I like what Ambrose Redmoon said, "Courage is not the absence of fear - courage is the
judgement that what you want is more important than your fear."
Les Brown

If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then
you are forced to expand your consciousness.
Les Brown

You gotta be hungry!
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When you want something, you have to be willing to pay your dues.
Les Brown

It takes someone with a vision of the possibilities to attain new levels of experience - someone
with the courage to live his dreams.
Les Brown

Some people would rather get even instead of get ahead.
Les Brown

How do we discover our greatness? By upgrading our relationships and by having goals that
are beyond our comfort zone. Why? Because it causes you to reinvent yourself. Brian Tracy
calls it the "danger zone." You wanna do something you've never done!
Les Brown

If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you
operate out of a higher level of consciousness.
Les Brown

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.
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There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.
Les Brown

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
Les Brown

If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may
hinder your ability to live in the present.
Les Brown

If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then
you are forced to expand your consciousness.
Les Brown

If you don't program yourself, life will program you!
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Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
Les Brown

Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
Les Brown

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
Les Brown

We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our
own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.
Les Brown

A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand.
Les Brown

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