“Do what is easy and your life will be hard; but do what is hard and your life will be easy.” — Les Brown

Les Brown’s inspiring story began when he and his brother were born in an abandoned building and adopted by a hardworking domestic worker named Mamie Brown. Dubbed “the dumb twin” by his classmates, Les only began to change his vision of himself when a teacher told him, “Someone’s opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality.”

Since then, Les has been a radio personality, a politician and worked in the music business before becoming a heavily sought-after motivational speaker. In this episode, Brian Buffini interviews Les Brown and delves into his inspiring story.

You’ll learn why it’s essential to have a “hungry” mindset, what are “OQPs” and why you should surround yourself with them, why goal achievement is located far beyond your comfort zone and how a system will help you attain lasting success.

Les also offers a list of his past talks, located for free on YouTube, to watch and learn from. This episode is packed with information; you’ll want to listen to it several times to hear all of the inspirational nuggets Les Brown has to offer.


Inspirational quotes from today’s interview:

“Judge a man or woman not by what they have accomplished but by what they had to overcome for their accomplishment.” — Booker T. Washington

“You’re never too old to learn and you’re never too young to teach.” — Les Brown

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I’m here because of two women: one gave me life, the other gave me love.” — Les Brown

“There are moments in life that can make you or break you.” — Les Brown

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou

“Living from a place of integrity is what it takes to become an entrepreneur.” — Les Brown

“You gotta be hongry.” — Les Brown

“The people who are ‘hungry’ will do the things others won’t do so they can have tomorrow the things that others won’t have.” — Les Brown

“Being average is not an option; you have to be extraordinary in order to be considered average.” — Les Brown

“I was ‘hongry’ even when I was no longer hungry.” — Brian Buffini

“You can’t read the label if you’re locked in the box.” — Les Brown

“Part of being motivated is surrounding yourself with OQP—Only Quality People.” — Les Brown

“Do what is easy and your life will be hard; but do what is hard and your life will be easy.” — Les Brown

“Don’t focus on what you don’t have. Focus on what you do have and strengthen that, develop strategic relationships and find a way.” — Mike Williams

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” — Zig Ziglar

“If the end comes for you, let it find you conquering a new mountain not sliding down an old one.” — Jim Rohn

“You don’t get in life what you want. You get in life what you are.” — Earl Nightingale

“In order to do something you’ve never done, you’ve got to become someone you’ve never been.” — Les Brown

“Today you either expand or you’re expendable.” — Les Brown

“Ask for help, not because you’re weak but because you want to remain strong.” — Les Brown

“Once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over.” — Les Brown

“Do what you’re called to do.” — Les Brown

“We were not meant to work for a living, but to live our making and our making will make our living.” — Les Brown

“Life is about experimenting and finding out ‘what is your sweet spot?’” — Les Brown

“If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.” —Carter Godwin Woodson

“In life you will always be faced with a series of God-ordained opportunities, brilliantly disguised as problems and challenges.” — Charles Udall


Mentioned in the episode:

The Road to Your Best Stuff by Mike Williams
Head First: The Biology of Hope and the Healing Power of the Human Spirit by Norman Cousins
The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton


Les Brown videos to watch on YouTube:

Les Brown Speaking at the Georgia Dome
It’s not over until you win!
It’s possible
Getting Unstuck
Change your mindset


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