“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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