30 Days of Greatness- Day 5 Les Brown

May 5. 2014

Day 5 of 30 Days of Greatness. Today Les Brown

Leslie C. “Les” Brown (born February 17, 1945) is a motivational speaker, former Ohio politician, popular author, radio DJ, and former host ofThe Les Brown Show. As a politician, he is a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives.As a motivational speaker, he uses the catch phrase, “It’s possible,” and teaches people to follow their dreams as he learned to do. Les Brown was born with his twin brother Wesley on February 17, 1945 in a low-income section of Miami, Florida in an abandoned building. He was subsequently given up for adoption and adopted by Mamie Brown, a then 38-year-old single woman who worked as a cafeteria attendant and domestic assistant. He was declared “educably mentally retarded” while in grade school. Despite the obvious self-esteem issues this created, with the encouragement of his mother and assistance by a helpful teacher in high school, he learned how to reach his full potential, a key point in many motivational speeches he gives now.

30 Biggest lessons from Les Brown

  1. Mission: Give me people a vision for themselves beyond their mental conditioning and their circumstances, to let them know that we have greatness within them.

  2. Greatness is not a destination, it’s a state of perpetual motion, contently being uncomfortable, stepping outside your comfort zone

  3. Reach higher and to know that what you’re done is only the tip of the iceberg for them of what’s possible

  4. Responsibility: understand and know that you have the power to control their destiny.

  5. Stop being a volunteer victim

  6. Develop yourself- you have a talent you have a gift that when you cultivate you can provide value for the world!

  7. 3 reasons why people don’t achieve their greatnessFaith comes from hearing and hearing and hearing

    • They don’t know what they have going for them
    • They don’t know how to make $$
    • They don’t know how to gain access to people who will pay them
  8. Expand your skill set, have relationships with people who will challenge you and raise the bar for yourself.

  9. Whenever you speak to an audience, you’re speaking to audiences within an audience.

  10. Create committed listening

  11. Become a strategic experiential storyteller- people will forget 90% of what you say but they have emotional memory.

  12. Never make a point without a story and never tell a story without a point.

  13. Read:

    • Secret of the ages- Robert Collie
    • As A man thinkith- James Allen’s
  14. Goals of Speaking to an audienceOnce a man, women or child’s mind has been expanded it can never accept going back to where it was.- Oliver windal Holmes

    • Change their collective thinking
    • Broaden and expand their vision of what’s possible
    • Inspire them to become a pencil of a hand of god
  15. Never allow your team, people or friends be comfortable living a life of being average

  16. Do the things you’ve been called to do!

  17. Do some speaking intelligenceInspire people to live an achievement-focused life.

    • Research the company in-depth
    • Craft a message that will enable them to achieve their objective.
  18. What is success? Living a life of service, how can my life be an instrument to make a change in others? Make an impact!

  19. Expect an experience that will transform how you see yourself, the people who will come will never be the same again.


  21. Never let what you want to say, get in the way of what the audience needs to hear.

  22. Distract. Dispute. Inspire!

  23. When people have hope in the future, people have power in the present.

  24. Create Communities of Greatness.

  25. “The people who make it in this life, look around for the opportunities they want in life and if they can find them, they create them!” GBShaw

  26. The common thing that people are asking isIf information could change people, everyone would be skinny rich and happy, but that’s not how it works. Don’t share information- create experiences.

    • Who are you?
    • What do you have?
    • Why should I care?
    • Can I do it? Is it worth it?
  27. You must be willing to die “who” you are now to give birth to who you’re going to become tomorrow.

  28. On the road to success, in the beginning you’ll do a lot of things you don’t get paid for and at the end you’ll get paid for a lot of things you don’t do.

  29.  “Things may happen around you and things may happen to you, but the only things that matter are the things that happen in you!” elsie robinson

  30. JOB: Journey Of the Broke

  31. Everyone has a defining moment where they say “I’ve Had It!”

  32. Go where you’re celebrated not tolerated.

  33. People are looking for Personality and Passion!

  34. A person convinced against their will is of the same opinion still!

  35. Most people have an addiction to powerlessness!


Calvin “Young, Ready & Hungry” Coyles

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