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In this episode of The Charged Life, high performance coach and #1 New York Times bestselling self-help author Brendon Burchard shares how to start a dream that scares you.

This is Brendon speaking freestyle, recorded in one take without prompter or notes.


People aren’t afraid of starting a dream. They’re afraid of change. Here’s how to get real with ourselves and begin our greatest dreams with boldness:

1. Be honest.
2. Get focused.
3. Create a learning map.
4. Start with three actions per day.

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Brendon Burchard is one of the most followed personal development trainers of our time, and he is in the Top 100 Most Followed Public Figures on Facebook. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, his books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, and Life’s Golden Ticket. A car accident at the age of 19 inspired Brendon to turn his life around and follow his dreams to be a writer and trainer. After failing at first – he went bankrupt trying but didnt give up – he became a multimillionaire by the age of 32. Since then, Brendon has dedicated his life to helping others find their charge and share their voice with the world.

Brendon's posts now reach more than 10,000,000 people per week worldwide. He is the star and executive producer of the #1 self-help show on Youtube, and his podcast, The Charged Life, debuted at #1 on iTunes across all categories in multiple countries. His seminars include High Performance Academy, the legendary personal development program for achievers, and Experts Academy, the world’s most comprehensive marketing training for authors, speakers, coaches, and online thought leaders. For these works, Larry King named Brendon "one of the top motivation and marketing trainers in the world" and SUCCESS Magazine named him in their Tp 25 Most Influential.

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31 Comments on How to Start a Dream (even when you’re scared)

  1. Salimos Milozovic // 11th January 2015 at 7:52 pm // Reply

    Hi Brendon i really like your videos…they are truthfully MOTIVATIONAL,

    But, i just have a question,,,what would YOU do if you were Qualified to chase your dream,,,you have the required skills,The Ability,The Capability The Desire,The Potential,,,,and the only thing which is preventing you to pursue your dream is the set of rules that are basically made by your MOTHER COUNTRY??,and,the lack of financial support to Get outside your land to live your dream ??

    • Christiaan Stoudt // 24th January 2015 at 7:52 pm // Reply

       I don’t want to make light of your situation at all.  I completely understand how you feel and respect the courage you have to face adversity.  I hope you can understand, though, that everyone that is trying to live their dream faces challenges.  Corruption, pecking orders, racism, rules, etc., is present everywhere in our world.  Our societal model is based on that.  In each situation for every person trying to live a dream the resistance and challenges they face are just as daunting as yours. Comparing the type of adversity is not relevant to solving the problem.  You solve the problem by shining your light anyway through whatever means that you can.  I don’t know your dream but I can tell you the ability to live it is possible when you focus on the smallest and simplest way.  Even if it means helping an old lady crossing the street or giving advice to a struggling youth.  Whatever it is, the path to your dreams, especially when you are facing massive daunting adversity like you, is with small changes.  Your simple acts of light start to crack and break down the tide of the energy you feel holding you back.  Start with that please and you will feel stronger in each step you take.  Soon opportunities will be provided that make it easier for the grander parts of your dreams to be realized.

    • Christen Jones // 3rd February 2015 at 5:37 pm // Reply

      Well said +Christiaan Stoudt. I will add to that, one super important thing you can do it read books, lots of books, every day. If you want a list we can give you a few. Leaders are readers, that’s a fact. And remember, we’re here cheering you on +SALIMOS MILOZOVIC. All of us who are actively working toward achieving our dreams are cheering you on as well. 🙂

    • bunsongpayat // 2nd March 2015 at 4:08 pm // Reply

      +Christiaan Stoudt perfect! well said. I also live in a third world country but I make all the opportunities I can to move forward. That’s the beauty of following your dream, you smash all the walls for you to get through

    • Salimos Milozovic // 2nd March 2015 at 8:35 pm // Reply

      Thank you all guys,for your support, just reading your comments makes me feel stronger and have back my self confidence to keep struggling…and by the way +Christen Jones  i read the book you provided me( 4 hour work week by: Timm Ferriss) and it’s definitely one of the best books i’ve ever read :)…One Love people ! 

  2. *Needed to hear this! I’m sure others did too!*

  3. Khaled Shuwail // 12th January 2015 at 7:33 pm // Reply

    You just ROCK,,, you are amazing, actually the fact that there’s 500+ likes with no single dislike tells a lot about your genuinity and shows the thru of what you are saying.  

    I’m thankful for you and your dreams, otherwise we’d have not know about you.. THANK YOU Brendon

  4. Accuracy Films // 12th January 2015 at 10:24 pm // Reply

    I just discovered your channel and subscribed! Great content. I appreciate all of the great information you shared in this video. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  5. Absolutely genius!

  6. Lucas Thobias Campos // 21st January 2015 at 10:27 pm // Reply

    Brendon, i really like your work. U are what i call a super human. thank you for being a reference for all of us.

  7. Jamilia Danae // 27th March 2015 at 10:08 am // Reply

    This is a wake up call for me..

  8. Man, you are amazing.
    I’m going to ask some people to check you channel or wether they could make a mot. Vid about you!


  9. Flávio Viana Gomide // 23rd May 2015 at 1:49 am // Reply

    I love your sense of humor.

  10. ResesSweetSuite // 3rd June 2015 at 4:23 am // Reply

    The absolute best advice I’ve heard on how to start a dream. I’m so excited to put this into action. Glad I found out about you on Marie Forleo. Thanks for the videos and excellent content!

  11. Zaia Sarkis // 7th July 2015 at 11:13 am // Reply

    Brendon, I don’t remember how I found you, but heres all I know…
    One night I was sitting in my room and I was just so down from how I was handling my life. I had watched this video long before and infact I had watched many videos that you had uploaded, but this night I felt down yet I wanted change…I craved change. So I watched this video, and by the end of it, I put my phone down, wore my clothes, got out of my house, and went for a night jog (for the very first time in my life) and here I am today, studying the course I always failed, while passing it, I have my life set on what I want and how I will get it and partly its all thanks to you my friend. I hope one day I get to motivate my family, and thats when i’ll be living……


    EDIT: Guys! Thank you so much for the likes, I’m still going, It has been challenging, but this is life, it is not a straight line, I hope all your journeys are going well, and if not, then please do not give up, you are stronger than you think!

  12. you are the closest thing to air

  13. thank god i found you brendon

  14. Stephanie Calzada CHt // 7th September 2015 at 4:44 am // Reply

    I was stuck in “learning mode” where all I wanted to do was study the area of my expertise (which for me is hypnosis)… I was learning about online marketing. But I have finally taken the first steps of action and suddenly I’m on a roll. Sometimes it just takes getting things into motion, and once you get started ideas just start to unfold. That’s whats happened for me anyway. Just get started! Good luck everyone.

    • Stephanie Calzada CHt // 21st January 2017 at 3:15 am // Reply

      +dedra robertson That’s awesome Dedra! I am so happy to hear that you are taking action. Good luck with the wig making business! I’m sure you will be incredibly successful. Keep me posted!

  15. 6:30 Yes love that one too (I believe it is: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”. Zig Ziglar)

  16. Thank you man. You are a true inspiration

  17. Coach Daniela Gorette // 20th February 2016 at 10:56 pm // Reply

    Very good! Thanks.

  18. You are doing a good job by this video of yours… well don

  19. When you look up lucid dreaming and find this guy

  20. I’m glad I came to your channel. I’ve been afraid to start my own business but watching this, wow! you’re a great motivator. thank you

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