If you have any desire to lead a better life than you currently are, then you’ve landed in the right place.
There are few better motivational speakers than Les Brown.
The video above has 72,891 views as of today. And will surely have helped the vast majority of those to enjoy a better life.
Now it’s your turn…
Here’s some info about Les Brown…
He was born in 1945, into poverty.
He was also abandoned as a child.
However, Les Brown has gone on to become one of America’s best-known and highest-paid motivational speakers.
His company, Les Brown Unlimited Inc., has made millions from helping people just like you, lead a more fulfilling life.
He described his goal to Ebony Magazine as getting “a message out that will help people become uncomfortable with their mediocrity. A lot of people are content with their discontent. I want to be a catalyst to enable them to see themselves having more and achieving more.”
Les Brown’s Early Life
Les and his twin brother, Wesley, were born on February 17, 1945, on the floor of an abandoned building in Liberty City, a low-income section of Miami, Florida.
Their birth mother, married at the time to a soldier stationed overseas, had become pregnant by another man and went to Miami secretly to give birth to her sons. Three weeks later, she gave them away.
At six weeks of age, both boys were adopted by Mamie Brown, a 38-year-old unmarried cafeteria cook and domestic.
Les considered his mother a key influence in his life, telling Rachel L. Jones of the Detroit Free Press, “Everything I am and everything I have I owe to my mother. Her strength and character are my greatest inspiration, always have been and always will be.”
As a child, Les was overactive and mischievous.
He struggled in school, finding it impossible to concentrate, and was labelled “educable mentally retarded” in the fifth grade.
I think this label generated an intense passion to prove others wrong.
“They said I was slow so I held to that pace,” he recounted.
However, a dedicated teacher saw greater potential. LeRoy Washington, a speech and drama instructor at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, inspired Brown.
While in high school, Les “used to fantasize being on stage speaking to thousands of people,” he related to Jones, “and I used to write on pieces of paper, ‘I am the world’s greatest orator.”‘
When Washington saw potential in Les, he insisted he live up to it. When he once told Washington in class that he couldn’t perform a task because he was educable mentally retarded, the instructor responded, “Do not ever say that again! Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”
Those words provided Les’ liberation from his debilitating label. “The limitations you have, and the negative things that you internalize are given to you by the world,” he wrote of his realization. “The things that empower you-the possibilities-come from within.”
Les Brown Finding His Passion
After high school, Brown found employment as a city sanitation worker, but he was determined to achieve what he desired. Brown pursued a career in radio broadcasting.
He had been enthralled throughout his life with the almost music-like patter of disc jockeys, so he repeatedly bothered the owner of a local radio station about a position until the owner relented.
Having no experience, Brown was hired to perform odd jobs. Firmly intent on becoming a deejay, he learned all he could about the workings of a radio station.
One day, when a disc jockey became drunk on the air and Les was the only other person at the station, he filled in at the microphone. Impressed, the owner of the station promoted Brown to part-time and then full-time disc jockey.
Les Brown on Politics and Social Issues
Les would eventually be fired from his position as broadcast manager and DJ, partly for being too controversial of a figure.
With the encouragement of Williams, Les pursued politics instead and ran for the Ohio State Legislature, winning the seat of the 29th House District. In his first year, he passed more legislation than any other freshman representative in Ohio legislative history. In his third term, he served as chair of the Human Resources Committee.
He served three terms before leaving the legislature in 1981, returning to Miami to care for his mother. In Miami, Les continued to focus on social issues, developing a youth career training program and holding community meetings.
During his time in Miami, the Dade County state’s attorney investigated his handling of the youth program. After a year, however, the case was dropped and no improprieties were found.
At that point, with continued encouragement from Williams, and by a chance encounter with motivational millionaire Zig Ziglar, who was earning $10,000 for one-hour talks, Les decided to become a full-time motivational speaker.
Les Brown on Speaking and Writing
When he entered the motivational speaking arena in the mid-1980s, he had virtually nothing, having moved to Detroit with his clothes and just one tape of his motivational speeches. He rented an office that he shared with an attorney.
Les read books on public speaking and studied the habits of established speakers. He first spoke to grade school students, then high school students. Clubs and organizations followed. Less than four years later, in 1989, he received the National Speakers Association’s highest award — the Council of Peers Award of Excellence — becoming the first African American to receive such an honour. He was known in professional circles as “The Motivator.”
In 1990, Les reached for a wider audience by recording the first in a series of motivational speaking presentations for the Public Broadcasting Service.
He conducted motivational training sessions not only for executives of corporations such as AT&T, General Electric, and Procter & Gamble, but also for prison inmates and, recalling his own background, special education students in high schools. “We all have a responsibility to give something back,” he told a reporter for Upscale. “I am who I am because of the relationships I have developed, because of the people who have enriched my life.”
Final Thoughts on Les Brown…
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