Les Brown is a world-renowned speaker, best selling author, radio DJ, former television host, and former politician. Here are 10 of his most powerful quotes and their definitions.

  1. “Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”

Most people are too worried about what others think of them. Just because people think a certain way of you, it does not make it true. Who you are is what you choose to do with yourself. Do not be discouraged when people don’t believe in you. The only person that needs believing is yourself. You do not have to live up to other’s expectations.

  1. “If you take responsibility for yourself you will desire a hunger to accomplish   your dreams.”

Unsuccessful people will blame their failures on everyone and everything else, but themselves. The world does not owe you anything. If you want your dreams to work, you have to work. There is no such thing as free meal. YOU have to fight to become the person you want to be. You and you only have the ability to create your destiny. Once you stop making up excuses, blaming the outside world, and depending on others, you will become the master of your ship.

  1. “If you don’t program yourself, life will program you.”

People must first know themselves, before they can become or do anything worth mentioning. If you do not have standards for yourself, you will always be given the short end of the stick. If you do not stand for anything, you will fall for anything life throws at you. And that is no way to live. If you do not believe in yourself, no one else will. You will be just another number among the crowd. Leaders are people with such strong, engaging beliefs that others cannot help, but be drawn to them.

  1. “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.”

The only person that’s keeping you back is yourself. Don’t blame others for being more privileged. Don’t blame your parents for not being able to provide you with the resources others have. Don’t blame your peers for not being able to help you. Life is not about how much resource you have; it’s about what you do with what you have. If you believe you can’t do something, it’s not because of what other people told you, but what you told yourself.

  1. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.”

Do not be afraid of taking risks. Having truly lived means that you took roads less often times traveled. It means you held a strong enough belief to keep others from affecting you. Even if the road to chose to take turned out to be a dead end, you learned what most could not along the way. If you allow yourself to be rule by what society thinks, you are not living. You are merely surviving.

  1. “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.”

The amount of energy needed for initial movement is far greater than the energy required to keep the momentum going. The hardest step is always the first step, but once you’re in the game you’ll realize it’s not as terrifying as you thought it would be. When you feel like giving up remember that the human body can do almost anything, it is the mind that’s the chain and ball. You can push yourself through almost anything; even pass your breaking point if you allow it.

  1. “You don’t get what you want in life. You get what you are.”

People will act accordingly to their perception of themselves. They will be a certain way if that’s what they believe they are. Everyone wants something, but the majority will not get what they want because they do not act as if they already have it. If you do not change your mindset, you will continue to be the same way that you have always been. Hence, you will always be in the same place. You cannot keep living the way you do and expect different results. You have to be the embodiment of your desires. Athletes are athletes because they consistently workout, not because they sit around hoping to miraculously become athletes.

  1. “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.”

Absolutely no one starts out great at something. Some may be better than others, but talent does not beat hard work. Talent does not mean anything, when it is not paired with grit and effort. All the great people you see earned their standings through ambition and determination. They were born the same way as you. They came into this world as infants without a single piece of knowledge on their fields. You can be great too. You just have to start doing what it takes to be great.

  1. “If you’re going through hell, don’t stop, keep moving.”

Hell is the worse place anyone can be at. So if you’re in hell right now, the good news is that there is solely good news ahead. However, if you stop you will continue to burn. The lowest point in your life is also your turning point. It’s always darkest before the dawn.

  1. “A lot of people become discouraged too soon. The name of the game is, you’ve got to be relentless.

You must hold on tight even when everyone else around you loosened their grip. That is the only way to still be on the ship, if a wave comes knocking over. To win the race, you must continue running while most people started sitting or walking. Do not slow down even if you are the closest to the finish line. You are not the winner until you cross that line.