"A lot of people do not muster the courage to live their dreams because they are afraid to die.""Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.""All of us need to grow continuously in our lives.""Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.""Don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality.""Forgive those who have hurt you.""Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.""Goals help you channel your energy into action.""Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.""I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames.""If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present.""If you fall, fall on your back. If you can look up, you can get up.""If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.""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.""If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.""In day-to-day commerce, television is not so much interested in the business of communications as in the business of delivering audiences to advertisers. People are the merchandise, not the shows. The shows are merely the bait.""It takes someone with a vision of the possibilities to attain new levels of experience. Someone with the courage to live his dreams.""Just because Fate doesn't deal you the right cards, it doesn't mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.""Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.""Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.""Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.""Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.""Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.""Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.""The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.""There are winners, there are losers and there are people who have not yet learned how to win.""Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.""Unlike productions in the other arts, all television shows are born to destroy two other shows.""Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.""We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.""When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.""You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.""You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.""You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers.""You take on the responsibility for making your dream a reality.""Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers.""Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.""Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you."
Leslie C. Brown was born on February 17, 1945, in an abandoned building on a floor in Liberty City, a low-income section of Miami, Florida, and adopted at six weeks of age by Mrs. Mamie Brown, a 38 year old single woman, cafeteria cook and domestic worker, who had very little education or financial means, but a very big heart and the desire to care for Les Brown and his twin brother, Wesley Brown. Les Brown calls himself "Mrs. Mamie Brown's Baby Boy" and claims "All that I am and all that I ever hoped to be, I owe to my mother".
In the fifth grade, Les Brown was mistakenly declared "educably mentally retarded" and placed back in the fourth grade and later failed the eight grade, due to his inattention to school work, his restless energy, and his teachers' failure to recognize his true potential. He was referred to as "D .T." for "Dumb Twin". The label and stigma severely damaged his self-esteem for many years. Mamie Brown's belief in her son's ability to achieve whatever he set his mind to achieving made a difference in his life. "Her strength and character are my greatest inspiration, always have been and always will be."
Les Brown’s determination and persistence searching for ways to help Mamie Brown overcome poverty and his philosophy “do whatever it takes to achieve success” led him to become a distinguished authority on harnessing human potential and success. Les Brown's passion to learn and his hunger to realize greatness in himself and others helped him to achieve greatness in spite of not having formal education or training beyond high school.
He won the Council of Peers Award of Excellence from the National Speakers Association in 1987, its highest honor. Toastmasters international also recognized him as one of the World's Top Five Speakers for 1992.
As a renowned professional speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a "high energy message" which tells people how to "shake off mediocrity" and "live up to their greatness." It is a message Les Brown "learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives." Les Brown was invited to share this message in 2004 at The First Cathedral.
In May 2008, Les teamed up with Kerry McCreary of Ardmore PC and kicked off his new radio station, WLBR Radio. The station currently streams excerpts of Les' products and smooth jazz. By the end of 2008, WLBR will feature Les and other motivational speakers with live talk shows and interviews.
He is now one of the many teachers offering online courses at Success University.