Les Brown: How To Fix Your Hurt Feelings ( Les Brown Depression )

Oh Was in my comfort zone I was doing just
enough to get by working on a job they paid me just enough to keep me from
quitting and I work just hard enough to keep from getting fired how many know
people like that blink your eyes if you understand what I’m talking about I was
parked I knew I could do more when when my mama died it’s it’s something out of
me when I went through a divorce they had took something out of me when and my
best friend died it took something out of me
iPod and somebody said that life is like an onion you have to peel it what a
layer at a time and sometimes you cry life’s gonna happen to you when you have
a dream you’re gonna get slapped around and don’t take it personally don’t ask
why did this have to happen to me why not you who would you suggest you want
to give us some name some email addresses and don’t tell everybody 80%
don’t care and 20% glad is you it’s called life suck it up and move on get
over it it happens to everybody here’s the other thing is you look at your
goals and look at your dreams when you’re going through some stuff repeat
out to be pleased when things go wrong don’t go with them yes right they’re
down when things go wrong don’t go with them when you’re working on a business
deal you’re counting on some money someone said you will get the loan and
it falls through you have an event and the people that you thought would be
there and support you they don’t come through but someone turns against you or
you get ripped off it’s going to happen to you happen to me
so what stole all my products my database over a hundred and eighty
thousand names and addresses it’s not personal it’s gonna happen to everybody
it does eight out of ten millionaires have been financially bankrupt Walt
Disney had seven heap four filed bankruptcy seven times and had two
nervous breakdowns it’s called life but I got a saying that
life knocks you down try and land on your back because if you can look up you
can get up you’ve got the power in you to do that you’ve got something special
you’ve got come back power here’s the other thing let us say together it’s
possible it’s necessary it’s me yes write that down
it’s me take ownership for your life nobody can live your dream for you but
you nobody’s gonna take care of your business like you stop coming up with
excuses don’t give yourself permission to continue to live a small life you
can’t fit a big dream into a small life give yourself permission to go for it to
test yourself to challenge yourself to live fool like the saying always strive
to get on top of life because it’s the bottom that’s overcrowded the reason
you’re here is because there’s something in you that says I can do more this just
can’t be it there’s something in you there’s a calling on your life there’s
something in your heart that costs you to get dressed in and spend the money to
go to seminar after seminar listen to message after message and speaker after
speaker because there’s something in you that tells you this is not it for you
you have not peaked here there’s more in you that you are expressing is not
seeing here is not her North enter demand heart of mankind what’s in store
for you if you challenge yourself if you persist and persevere if you take
ownership for your life George Bernard Shaw said the people that make it in
this life they look around for the circumstances that they want and if they
can’t find them they create them create what you want you have the power you to
do the more than you can ever begin to imagine to control your destiny to make
a difference in our children to make a difference on the planet to make an
impact let us say together it’s me you let us say together it’s hard said like
you know it’s it’s hard ladies and gentlemen it’s hard they’re people who
have seen their retirements taken away from them by the corporations that they
work for they’re within two or three years of retiring and it had it taken
from them the number one entrepreneurs in this cunt
now a senior citizens the number one employer at number two McDonald’s and
Walmart and there’s nothing wrong with those jobs I guarantee you those people
did not have a plan to end up living their lives at the end of life with
those types of jobs and they didn’t have a plan like you have and why are you
investing in yourself not to and it’s hard
they’re people making choices between purchasing prescription drugs or paying
for gas or mortgage note it’s hard are you working on a job for twenty years
thirty years give them some good years and then they come in and tell you we’ve
downsized in other ways other words you’re fired and then you have to start
all over again how many of you know it’s hard raise your hands please
it’s hard and it’s not fair one of the things I like about tea harvest he talks
about work and investing in yourself it’s not fair but people are blowing up
against that kind of stuff to tell them just faint positive and be enthusiastic
and everything will work out all right ain’t that kind of party it’s hard life
we’ll put some nuts on your head I bought my first home for my mother I was
rushing didn’t know what I was doing and I bought a home that had a lien against
it and they called me mr. Brown yes as a lien against your property we need fifty
five thousand dollars if you’re going to stay there wait a minute sir I just
bought this home the guy told me there were no liens against it I’m not the one
that owe you the money you should have checked that out mr. brown come on I
called my attorney we followed up yes less there’s a lien against the property
but he told me there were no liens he lied obviously oh my god he told me
he wanted to help me because he admired the fact that I was buying this home for
my mother and that he was adopted he he identified with me less he suck at you
he played you man so what well would they take payment arrangements can I
what about $5,000 a month they want all the money less they want all the money
or you’re gonna have to get out of the house is going up for chef sale do you
have it no I I don’t have them can they give me
some time tell them to give me give me three months please give me three months
I my mother’s in her 70s man she has a bad heart don’t do this to me this is my
dream don’t do this man please let me talk to him less I’m talking to their
attorney they don’t want to talk to you I’ve got to talk to you the attorneys do
you have the money no will they give me three months no what about two months no
less they want the money in seven days oh my god let me call you back I’m not
sure and I walked the floors thinking God how could this happen to me I got to
figure this out huh I got to figure this out and seem like the days are just
ticking off ticking off Thursday I had to call up and let them know they call
me less do you have the money no I don’t Friday you have to leave the chef will
be there you’ll have to leave less they’re gonna take my house what about
my down payment you lost it less you lost it okay I gotta go yes
I prayed lord please if you show me that you’re real if if it’s if you’re really
real you think Paul worked for you you you haven’t seen anything don’t let me
lose this house and watch what I’ll do for you I was trying to cut a deal have
you ever try to cut a deal it’s amazing how spiritual you get when you get in
trouble you don’t leave what I was diagnosed with prostate cancer I was
going this bed with the with the Bible and the Holy Quran and science of mind
and Joel go sniff everything I get fired I was bad to Jesus Yahweh Melchizedek
every body I was calling on everybody it’s
amazing and and here I was walking the floor three o’clock in the morning and I
had to go and wake my mother up I got on my knees and I said mama I said I need
you to wake up she said what’s wrong Leslie I can I can hear you walking back
and forth I’m not sleep son I said there’s something I need to tell you she
said your eyes are red why your eyes red because I feel so stupid town why we got
to move tomorrow why’d Leslie there’s a lien against the
property and they want fifty five thousand dollars and I don’t have it and
we’re going to be set out tomorrow we have to go back to Liberty City
so she said it’s okay I don’t like this house anyhow I said why she said because
of my arthritic knees it helps it hurts my knees when I go up the steps I said
it why didn’t you tell me because you were so happy I just said it because you
were happy I’ll live in a shack with you boy
I love you it’s not the house I love you I love all my children as a thank you
mama thank you and the next day the next day when we were in the truck going back
to Liberty City and we pulled out 68 terrorists the neighbors came out and
said whoa Mamie Mamie you’re coming back are you back yes what happened to the
home your boy bought for you those boys you adopted Leslie didn’t do a title
search he made a mistake and boy I was I was so humiliated how many ever made a
mistake that you were just accumulated a chance I was devastated I was taking the
furniture off the truck and my mother came and I was crying and she said boy I
said yes ma’am she said hold your head up I said bummer I can’t
she said hold your head up I said one look what I’ve done she said it’s okay
it’s okay you are gonna make a lot of mistakes in life young man you’re gonna
fail your way to success you have nothing to be ashamed of keep your head
up and take that furniture back in the house I said yes ma’am and I learned
something for that if you ever go through something hold your head up if
you ever make a mistake hold your head up if you ever do something that
everything goes wrong like catch you on the Blind Side hold your head up it’s
not over Goethe says that which does not kill you
will make you stronger hold your head up shake someone’s hand on your right and
left and say hold your head up here’s something else ladies and gentlemen
repeat after me please you got to be hungry everybody together you got to be
hungry I’ll never forget mr. Washington said mr. Brown yes sir what do you want
to do with your life young man I said sir I want to be a disc jockey said Mr
Brown I said yes sir he said you got to be hungry I said what do you mean by
that he’s a deeper that are hungry are
willing to do the things that they others won’t do in order to have the
things tomorrow others won’t have people that are hungry are willing to invest in
themselves people that are hungry will go to seminars and workshops people that
are hungry always searching always seeking higher ground so how do you want
to make it I said I want to be a disc jockey that’s good here’s what to do he
said I want you to read 10 to 15 pages of something positive every day is that
you don’t get in life what you want you get in life what you are you must
program yourself to success is that what you listen to around Nightingale and Zig
Ziglar listen faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing he said I want you
to change your relationships and don’t want you to ever lose your hunger
I said what do you mean by that he said people that are hungry unstoppable
people that are hungry are no matter what people they make it happen no
matter what is I want you to listen to Paul Harvey who is he
he’s the world’s greatest communicator success leaves Clues young man always
listen and follow people who are doing what it is you want to do at the level
you want to do it and learn from them until t-hub when we’re standing by the
stage and said hey man I want to work more with you I want you to coach me I
want to learn from you so I found you’re never too old to learn and you’re never
too young to teach always have a thirst for learning so I listen to Paul Harvey
every day on the radio while in school I would go out and listen in his car he
gave me his keys I was working to develop myself and I
continue to listen to motivational messages and he would take me to see The
Late nor dr. Norman Vincent Peale who wrote the book the power of positive
thinking I toured with him before he passed you you have something special
you have greatness within you don’t allow your circumstances to determine
who you are don’t allow your negative thoughts to hold you back you you have
something special you can do more than you can ever begin to imagine dr. Peale
was an incredible man I I admired him when he spoke he gave me goose pimples I
can feel him and my heart and and I never forget we were coming back to the
school and mr. Washington said Mr Brown yes sir
when dr. Peale spoke you didn’t move and he spoke you were hanging on every word
he need when he spoke we didn’t have to tell you to sit down and be quiet why I
said sir I could I could feel him then he talked I felt like he was talking to
me sir he said he was I said but he doesn’t know me but he was speaking to
you did you feel him in your heart I said yes sir he said most people filled
him in their head if you felt him in your heart
he said listen to him follow him learn from him and I would go
to seminars and workshops anywhere I would find where dr. Peale was I would
be in the audience I’ll Drive – and 300 miles just to hear
him speak and my dream and vision was was to share the stage with him I
thought about it what is your goal what is your vision I want you to hold it in
mind his some power in that because when I became involved in speaking I never
forget I got a call from odd man Dino who wrote the book the greatest salesman
in the world he said less I’m stuck in Philadelphia need to be in cake the key
dr. Norman Vincent Fields appearing I can’t make it heard you’re in Chicago I
said yes I am can you go and open for me I said yes
man oh my god doctor build a city yes I’d love to do it and I went there and I
came by – hi I’m I’m les brown he said you’re not – Bandari now and I said no
I’m I’m mrs. Mamie Brown’s baby boy I’m here to speak it’s a comeback stage and
his wife Martha was there and she said Papa Les Brown is here the speaker and
he said that’s brown Les Brown shoot for the moon because even if you miss your
land among the stars that’s it sir that’s my quote I wrote you when I was
in the 11th grade I was a part of a special special education class project
that’s my call he said I know I in all my speeches with that quote and dr.
Peele had a great sense of humor a young man is backstage and I had so many
questions to ask him and my mind froze up and young guy said dr. Peale how old
are you and he was up in age he’s at Sunny I’m I’m 92 young man looked at him
said I don’t know if I want to live and get 92 he said that’s because you’ve
never been 91 so I did the things that mr. Washington suggested I listen to
motivational tapes on a regular basis I would go to seminars and workshops
whenever Zig Ziglar and dr. Denis Waitley and Jim Rhon would come to town
and I said sir I said what do you want me to do now he said mr. brown
I’ve given you everything that I can give you he said develop your mind put
your money where your mouth is continue to learn how to be an effective
communicator because once you open your mouth you tell the world who you are and
always surround yourself with oqp only quality people so I went to apply for a
job on Miami Beach WM BM radio station Milton butterball Smith was the program
director hello mr. butterball how are you sir my
name is les Vaughn sir I like to be a disc jockey he said young man you have
any journalism near background that’s oh no sir I don’t you have an experience in
broadcasting I said no sir but I practice all the time sir let me
audition for you sir let me show you how good I am all I need is a shot sir he
says no we don’t have any job for you I’ve never been rejected raise your
hands please I was devastated I went back into total mrs. Washington said mr.
Washington they said no he said don’t take it personally most people are so
negative they have to say no seven times before they say yes is that you’ve got
to be hungry make know your vitamin go back again I said yes sir
hello mr. butterball how are you sir my name is les brown sir I like to be a
disc jockey young man weren’t you here yesterday yes sir I was didn’t I tell
you no yesterday yes sir you did then why are you back today well sir I didn’t
know whether or not somebody was laid off as somebody was fired sir
nobody was laid off a fire now get on out of here I came back the next day
hello mr. butterball how are you sir my name is les wrong sir I like to be a
disc jockey I know what your name is weren’t you here the last two days yes I
was then I tell you no the last two days yes sir you did why are you back house I
didn’t I didn’t know word enough someone got sick and someone died sir
no one got sicker died no one was laid off a fire die don’t you come back here
again I came back the next day talking live looking happy like I was seeing him
for the first time as they’re all mystified a ball how are you he looked
at me with rage and says go get me some coffee I said yes sir my favorite book says the greatest among
you will be your servant how many of you serious about your goals and dreams
raise your hands very good write this down provide more
service than you get paid for provide more service than you get paid for I go
to a lot of seminars and workshops and one of the things I know about Teja
Eckhart and I was sitting in the class of Robert Roy Appel and all of the other
presenters they hold themselves to high standards and they provide more
information than anybody else in the industry bar none they hold nothing back because their
commitment is for your success and when you hold yourself to high standards
write this down impact drives income that’s why you’re
here because the training the seminars then making a difference in your life if
there did not have impact two or three hundred people would be here if that
amount impact drives income so I became the errand boy for the disc jockeys I
would go get their lunch in their dinner and I would bring it to them in the
control room not watch them working the control boards knowing my time will come
write this down I expect to reach my goal yes you want
to operate with a spirit of expectation I expect to reach my goal
so I started preparing for the next position never forget one quote that I
heard as you look at your life we look at your goals and dreams it’s better to
be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and
not be prepared if you expect to reach our goal prepare yourself now and so
then pretty soon the guys at the station they begin to take a liking to me write
this down build relationships as you aware people deal with people that they
know like and trust and so they would say Leslie yes sir come here yes come
outside who did this Oh your car yes who cleaned my car I did
sir I would wax their cars in the weekend
inside and out how much you charge oh nothing sir I just wanted to help out I
was providing more service than I got paid for I was building relationships I
said wow look here Donna Ross and The Supremes are coming to town The Four
Tops and the temptation here hurt my car keys pick him up for me take him to the
fountain blue hotel on Miami Beach I said yes sir I would drive them all
over Miami Beach in the big long Cadillacs I didn’t have any driver’s
license but I’ll Drive it like I had something then one day it was a Saturday
afternoon a disc jockey by the name of rock and Roger was drinking while he was
on the air it was a Saturday afternoon and I was the only one there
Rock and Roger got so drunk he could not complete the show he started slurring
his words he’s about to fall off the chair and there I was looking at infant
for control room window walking back and forth young ready and hungry I was
saying drink rod drink drink Rock gotta go and get him some more feet asked me
to then pretty soon the phone rang it was the general manager and I answered
the phone said hello he said young boy this is mr. Klein I said I know he said
Rock can’t finish his program I said I know he said would you call one of the
other DJ’s in I said yes sir I said to myself he must be thinking I’m crazy I
called my mom and my girlfriend Cassandra said y’all come out on the
front porch and turn up the radio I’m bout to come on there I waited for about 20 minutes and I call
him back I said mr. Klein I can’t find nobody he said young boy you’re not
worth the controls I said yes sir he said gone and segmented the records
but don’t say nothing here I said yes sir I couldn’t wait to get a rock out of
the way I put on a fast record I said look out this is me LD triple P let’s
brown your platter playing papa there were none before me and there will
be none after me therefore that makes me the one and only young and single and
loved Domingo certified bonafide DubLi qualified to bring his satisfaction and
a whole lot of action look out baby I’m your love man I was hungry
I was hungry get old man a round of applause I was hungry I was hungry you
got to be hungry shake someone’s hand on your right and left all around you and
say you got to be hungry you got to be hungry to get those dreams
out of your head and step into your greatness you got to be hungry to get
those ideas that talent that gift out of your system you got to be hungry to get
up off the canvas of life and understand what Willie jolly meant that a setback
is a setup for a comeback you got to be hungry people that are hungry willing to
do the things that they others won’t do in order to have the things tomorrow
others won’t have how many of you got value out of what you’ve heard that’s
what raise your hands please very good I’d like to leave this with you I don’t
know what your goals are I don’t know what you want to do here’s what I know
about you you have greatness within you here’s what I know about you I can help
you to live full and to die empty I can show you what I’ve learned if anybody
told me that I would be doing what I’m doing now I’ll leave here today I’d go
to New Orleans and speak there then I’ll be flown to Barcelona if anybody told me
given my circumstances born an abandoned building on a fall of course section of
Miami Florida called Liberty City of both my birth parents set up and said
hello son I would not know either one being
labeled educable mentally retarded put back from the fifth grade to the fourth
grade fail again when I was in the eighth grade
no college training anybody told me the principles that I would teach you that
they would have the impact that it has had on my life this less problem that
you see I did not know he existed and I tell you that you have greatness within
you we have the ability to do more than you can ever begin to imagine come into
the room with me and I guarantee your life will never be the same again I like
to leave this with you I don’t know what your goals are mine is to find a cure to
artisan mine is to find a cure to breast cancer to prostate cancer mine is is to
work with our youth and to reduce the recidivism rate in our prisons and help
young people learn how to become an asset to our society rather than a
liability mine is is to train speakers to become great communicators
speak from their heart not their heads and teach them how to impact and create
a new conversation so people can see the possibilities of life and overcome the
possibility blindness that held me hostage for 14 years I don’t know what
your goals are but here’s what I know about you and I don’t know you
you’ve got greatness within you and I like to leave this with you something my
mother used to love to hear me say Leslie yes now momma say that thing for
me boy that makes me feel good I dedicate this to you to the greatness in
you and to the dream that you showed up on the planet to produce and it’s simply
this if you want to thank bad enough to go out and fight for it to work day and
night for it to give up your time your peace and your sleep for it if all that
your dream and scheme is about it and the life seems useless and worthless
without it and if you gladly sweat for it in fretboard and plan for it and lose
all your terror of the opposition for it and if you simply go out for that thing
that you want with all of your capacity strength and sagacity Faith Hope and
confidence and stern pertinacity

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  1. Leave your comfort zone. You can control your emotions. You can do the unthinkable. You can do what is needed Keep moving toward your goals. I will touch 1 millions lives as a coach no matter hat happens.

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