Embracing Your Story with Les Brown

Many of you saw Les Brown speak live at the Child Care Success Summit in Dallas, and saw first-hand how his words can be life-changing and bring you to both laughter and tears. Today he joins the show to talk with me about the influences on his own life and path, his tenets for quality and joy in our lives, and why embracing and sharing our story is critical to shaping the lives of children and their families. Les is one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers and is a highly-sought-after resource in business circles ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders all over the world.

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Here Are the Key Takeaways From This Episode:

  • Les is a former foster child and was a high-energy kid in special education. He felt misunderstood until he found a friend in a speech teacher. Teachers have the power to disrupt limiting beliefs and challenge children to realize they are good enough for success.
  • Working changes our perspective of life. You must work on yourself continuously, and hone in on your communication skills. It shows people who we are and gives us the power to open doors to our opportunities.
  • Les’s advice for a successful life both on the inside and outside:

      • Surround yourself both personally and professionally with OQPs (Only Quality People).
      • Set aside time to center yourself and work on your mind.
      • Don’t make other people’s problems your own.
      • Give to yourself first, and once your cup overflows you can give to others.
      • Laughter is truly the best medicine.
      • Be intentional about your happiness.
      • Get enough rest, and fill your day with high-quality content from what you read to what you listen to.
  • Les is a 27-year prostate cancer conqueror. He is a shining example of embracing the joy and opportunities of life and using his lessons to be of service to others.
  • People do business with who they know, like and trust. This is why you must get to know your own story so you can share it with others.

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