55 Motivational Les Brown Quotes

Les Brown_The greatest revenge is massive success

Motivational speaker, politician, TV host and inspirational author are just some of the titles you could give to Les Brown. Let’s add another – legend! Although Les Brown lacked formal education past his high-school qualifications, he has demonstrated an amazing commitment and determination towards to helping others succeed in business and life.

Over the years, Les Brown has studied and interviewed the world’s great business leaders and has translated these teachings into a motivational message on achieving goals and mastering success. He’s worked with a wide variety of corporate clients and has spoken audiences the size of 80,000. Pretty impressive!

Les Brown speaks from the heart, and his messages are always filled with passion and high energy. If you would like to learn more about Les Brown, visit his personal website at LesBrown.com.

55 Motivational Les Brown Quotes

In this post, discover 55 of Les Brown’s most influential motivational quotes.

1. “The greatest revenge is massive success.” – Les Brown

2. “Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.” – Les Brown

3. “Don’t let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead give to yourself that which empowers you.” – Les Brown

4. “When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation — it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.” – Les Brown

5. “You take on the responsibility for making your dream a reality.” – Les Brown

6. “One of the most essential things you need to do for yourself is to choose a goal that is important to you.” – Les Brown

7. “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” – Les Brown

8. “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

9. “If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” – Les Brown

10. “Listen to yourself the voice that’s in your Heart not your head, it will lead you to your Goal.” – Les Brown

11. “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

12. “Change is difficult but often essential to survival.” – Les Brown

Les Brown_Change is difficult but often essential to survival

13. “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

14. “You gotta be hungry!”. – Les Brown

15. “Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.” – Les Brown

16. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Les Brown

17. “Honor your commitments with integrity.” – Les Brown

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

19. “There are winners, there are losers and there are people who have not yet learned how to win.” – Les Brown

20. “You don’t get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.” – Les Brown

21. “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

22. “Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.” – Les Brown

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

24. “No one rises to low expectations.” – Les Brown

25. “Make sure when you fall you land on your back if you can look up you can get up.” – Les Brown

26. “Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.” – Les Brown

27. “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” – Les Brown

28. “Our ability to handle life’s challenges is a measure of our strength of character.” – Les Brown

29. “Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers.” – Les Brown

30. “Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” – Les Brown

31. “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.” – Les Brown

32. “Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” – Les Brown

33. “If you do not develop the hunger and courage to pursue your goal, you will lose your nerve and you will give up on your dream.” – Les Brown

34. “Be willing to go all out, in pursuit of your dream. Ultimately it will pay off. You are more powerful than you think you are. Go for it.” – Les Brown

35. “A lot of people do not muster the courage to live their dreams because they are afraid to die.”– Les Brown

36. “Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory.” – Les Brown

37. “You have to be willing to allow the person you are today to DIE so that you can give birth to the person you are meant to become.” – Les Brown

38. “Your level of belief in yourself will inevitably manifest itself in whatever you do.” – Les Brown

39. “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

40. “I will heighten my life by helping others heighten theirs.” – Les Brown

Les Brown_I will heighten my life by helping others heighten theirs

41. “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” – Les Brown

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

43. “Perfection does not exist — you can always do better and you can always grow.” – Les Brown

44. “Believe that you possess a basic goodness, which is the foundation for the greatness you can ultimately achieve.” – Les Brown

45. “You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” – Les Brown

46. “It has been said, most people die at age 25 and don’t get buried until they are 65. Make an effort to live your life to the fullest.” – Les Brown

47. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” – Les Brown

48. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – Les Brown

49. “There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.” – Les Brown

50. “When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.” – Les Brown

51. “You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers.”– Les Brown

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

Les Brown_Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears

53. “You may not accomplish every goal you set — no one does — but what really matters is having goals and going after them wholeheartedly.” – Les Brown

54. “As you reach your goals, set new ones. That is how you grow and become a more powerful person.” – Les Brown

55. “Align yourself with people that you can learn from, people who want more out of life, people who are stretching and searching and seeking some higher ground in life.”

Les Brown – You Gotta be Hungry

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  1. My best quote from Les Brown is:
    “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.”
    My dream is to become a billionaire, and I am confident that if I miss that, I will become a millionnaire. I am preparing my motivational speaking topics and heading on towards my Doctoral aspirations. I have written five books. One day God will allow me to see Les Brown face-to-face to thank him for planting a dynamic and positively electrifying mindset in me!


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