Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. In fact, you can't deny or prevent anyone from thinking whatever they wish to think of. However, they aren't your Maker, not in the philosophical sense, nor the physical sense. You create your own future and you create your own success.
Who is Les Brown?
Leslie Calvin Brown (born February 17, 1945) has as an interesting and inspirational story. It is as rousing as any talk he delivers.
A twin, he and his brother Wes were born in a low-income section of Miami, Florida. Six weeks later, they were adopted by Mamie Brown who raised them.
She was undoubtedly a strong and principled woman. And Les makes no secret of his love for his mother. To this day, he calls himself “Mrs. Mamie Brown’s baby boy.”
In the fifth grade, he was labeled mentally disabled. Years later, a substitute teacher named Leroy Washington told him that someone else’s opinion of him does not have to be his reality.
This remains one of his signature quotes.
Through sheer drive and persistence, Brown became a disc jockey at a Miami radio station. Always on the lookout for opportunity, he took over for a radio personality who had too much to drink!
This was the break for which he had been waiting and preparing.
In the late 1960’s, Brown moved to Columbus, Ohio to work for WVKO radio. He got involved in community activism.
Eventually, he won a seat in the Ohio State Legislature and served three terms. He served with distinction.
Brown passed more legislation during his first term than any other freshman assembly member in history. And he chaired the Human Resources Committee in his third term.
In 1981, Brown moved back to Florida to care for his mother. By 1986, he was a full-time speaker. And this after talking himself out this career for 14 years!
Subsequently, he received these awards:
– National Speakers Association’s highest award, the Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE) in 1989.
– Emmy for “You Deserve.” PBS stations used these speeches for fundraising in 1990.
– Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International in 1991.
In addition, Les hosted a syndicated TV show called “The Les Brown Show” from 1993-1994.
His most famous works are “Live Your Dreams” and “It’s Not Over Until You Win.” He has presented his talks before audiences as large as 80,000.
Take a look at Les Brown's Inspiring Quotes:
#1: You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.
#2: Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.
#3: The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience.
#4: If you don’t program yourself, life will program you.
#5: If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.
#6: Act the way you want to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.
#7: Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it.
#8: Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
#9: Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.
#10: 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.
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