• Dionne Smith, Director DPS Brand Consultancy Ltd

Are You Ready to Live Your Dreams?


As a partner of the Les Brown Maximum Achievement Team, I’m so honoured to have to be able to bring the teachings of this amazing man to you.

He and this amazing team have motivated and inspired me to understand my true value and use the gifts that I have been given to help you achieve success, whether that's on a business or personal level.

So I ask you today ‘Are You Ready to Live Your Dreams?’

Les tells a story about his childhood and how he held onto his mother’s groceries while trying to fight off two bullies. His mother told him that he must protect her groceries no matter what. However, when she saw Les trying to hold on to the bags while fighting back, she made an exception to the rule and ordered her son to stand up for himself…and he did! After that day, the bullies left him alone for good.

The moral of his story is that there comes a time when you have to drop your burdens in order to fight for yourself and your dreams. Many of us carry baggage from the past that hinders our ability to fight for the things we want in life, our goals, and our dreams.

If you learn to let go of your burdensome emotions and memories, then one of your chief objectives will be realized; you will be able to pursue and live your dreams.

So, are you ready to let go of the baggage once and for all and start living the life of your dreams?

The Nine Principles of Life Enrichment

We at the Les Brown Institute, offer you these nine principles of life enrichment. We have them phrased in “I” statement so that you can affirm it and embody them in your life.

1. I can achieve far beyond my horizons, and in avenues of life I have never explored.

2. I possess a basic goodness, which is the foundation for the greatness I can ultimately achieve.

3. I must take responsibility for my actions, my well-being and the attainment of my maximum potential.

4. I must seek self-awareness, self-approval and self-commitment in order to attain self-fulfilment.

5. I must commit myself to building and maintain relationships that are critical to the social development of my family and community.

6. I must manifest the belief that mutual respect is the fundamental element of all relationships.

7. I will heighten my life by helping others heighten theirs.

8. I will work toward my goals by planning, executing and measuring my progress.

9. I will make commitments with care and honour them with integrity.

We also want to emphasise that with the gifts you have been given comes the responsibility to use and develop them. We believe you can accomplish almost anything you want, in any arena of life, if you focus the power at your disposal.

If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness to strive and achieve your goals and dreams.

We all have inner powers that may still be dormant and you do not even know they exist inside of you yet? Can you imagine looking back on your life and discovering that you have only used a fraction of your natural gifts?

Henry David Thoreau said:

“Oh, God, to reach the point of death only to realise you have never lived.”

It is frightening thought, isn’t it? To know that your dreams may die with you rather than blossom during your lifetime. You know, most people go to their graves doing exactly that, so their epitaphs could read: “Dead but not used up.” I want life to use me up, and I hope that is your decision too.

I hope you don’t take anything with you to the grave. Instead, I hope you use up all the gifts that you were given so that they remain on this planet when you are gone, enriching the lives of all who follow.

You Got to be Hungry!

Nothing can take the place of persistence:

  • Talent will not; the world is full of unsuccessful people with talent.

  • Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

  • Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.