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Why it Pays to Be Hungry | Les Brown | Goalcast

– I was identified as mentally retarded, put back from the fifth
grade into the fourth grade, and stayed in that category
until I got out of high school. I don’t have any college training. Bu this met a high school teacher who one day changed my life. I was waiting on another student, and when he came in, he said to me, “Young man, go to the board “and write what I’m about to tell you.” And I said, “I can’t do that, sir.” And he said, “Why not?” I said, “I’m not one of your students.” He said, “It doesn’t matter. “Follow my directions now.” I said, “I can’t do that, sir.” He said, “Why not?” I said, “Because I’m
educable mentally retarded.” And he came from behind his
desk and he looked at me. He said, “Don’t ever say that again. “Someone’s opinion of you “does not have to become your reality.” And as he talked, my
heart began to beat fast. Tears began to run from my eyes and I was in the back
just listening to him, because the speech he was giving, that speech was for me. And he said, “Les Brown, “if you want to do anything
worthwhile in life, “you’ve got to be hungry!” I told him, “Mister Washington, “I wanted to become a disk jockey.” And so I started working
to develop myself. He said, “I want you to practice everyday “being a disk jockey.” I said, “But I don’t have any job now.” He said, “It doesn’t matter.” He said that it’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity
and not be prepared. And as I was working to develop myself, I applied for a job as a disk
jockey, WNB on Miami Beach. I went to a guy named Milton Butterball. I said, “How you doing, Mister Butterball? “I’d like to get a job as a disk jockey.” He looked at me, he said, “Do you have any broadcast background?” I said, “No, sir, I don’t.” Do you have any journalism background? I said, “No, sir, I don’t.” He said, “We don’t have
any jobs available.” I said, “Yes, sir.” I went back to Mister
Washington and I told him. He said, “Don’t take it personally.” He said, “Most people are so negative, “they will have to say no seven
times before they say yes.” He said, “Go back again.” So, I went back again. I said, “How you doing, Mister Butterball? “My name is Les Brown.” He said, “I know what your name is. “What do you want?” I said, “I’d like to know whether or not you have any jobs as a disk jockey, sir.” He said, “Didn’t I just tell you yesterday “we didn’t have any jobs?” I said, “Yes, sir, but I
didn’t know whether or not “somebody got laid off or
somebody was fired, sir.” He said, “No one was laid off or fired. “Now, get on out of here.” I came back the next day like I was seeing him for the first time. I said, “Hello, Mister Butterball. “How are you?” He looked at me with rage. He said, “Go get me some coffee!” I said, “Yes, sir.” (audience cheers) And I went to get him some coffee. After a while I would get
their lunch and dinner, and I would go in the control rooms and I would take the
disk jockeys there food, and I would not leave until
they would ask me to leave. One Saturday afternoon while
I was at the radio station, a guy name Rock was drinking
while he was on the air. I was the only one there, looking at him through
the control room windows, walking back and forth, young, ready, and hungry. Pretty soon the phone rang,
and it was the general manager. And I answered the phone. I said, “Hello?” He said, “Les, this is Mister Kline.” 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 DJs in?” I said, “Yes, sir.” I hung the phone up. I said, now he must be think I’m crazy. I called my momma and
my girlfriend Cassandra. I said ya’ll turn up the radio and come out on the front porch. I’m about to come on the air. (audience cheers) I waited for about 20 minutes, and I called him back. I said, “Mister Kline,
I can’t find nobody.” He said, “Young boy, do you
know how to work the controls?” I said, “Yes, sir.” He said, “Go in there and
don’t say nothing here.” I said, “Yes, sir.” (audience laughs) I couldn’t wait to get
behind those controls. I put on a old Stevie Wonder
record called Fingertips. I sat down behind that turntable. I said, “Look out! “This is me, LB Triple-P, “Les Brown, your platter-playing popper. “There were none before me, and
there will be none after me, “therefore that makes me the one and only. “Young and single and love to mingle, “certified, bonafide,
indubitably qualified “to brink you satisfaction,
a whole lot of action. “Look out baby, I’m your love man.” I was hungry! (audience cheers) I was hungry! You gotta be hungry! Begin to know that you
have greatness within you, and if just one of you here began to envision yourselves as being blessed and highly
favored to reach your goals, if just one of you captured
the essence of what that means, that you have greatness in you and a responsibility to
manifest that greatness, that you can make your parents proud, you can make your school proud, you can touch millions of people’s lives, and the world will never be the same again because you came this way. It was hard, ladies and gentlemen, coming to speak to people. And I was facing financial
difficulties in my own life. I was behind on my bills and my dreams, and I’m saying to them, you can live your dream! It was hard, ladies and gentlemen. It was very difficult to pick myself up each day
believing that I can do it. There were times that I doubted myself. I used to ask myself, can I do this? And something said within me, you’re the one. Don’t give up on your dream. By continuing to push forward, by continuing to run toward my dream, that one day I would
have my own talk show. It’s a long shot, ladies and gentlemen, from Liberty City in an
abandoned building on a floor, never knowing my mother or father. It’s a long shot. Being here with you today in this dome in Atlanta, it’s a long shot. No college training. Labeled educable mentally retarded, but I kept running toward my dream. (audience cheers) Don’t stop! Don’t stop running toward your dream!

100 thoughts on “Why it Pays to Be Hungry | Les Brown | Goalcast

  1. "We Are Friends" is sold to fight racism, I hope you spend a little time to see it. Have a good day my friends.

  2. Les said at 1st I called my mom n my girlfriend then he said on air I’m young n single 😂😂🤦🏻‍♂️

  3. I would like to see Floyd mayweather nest and also eminem, Micheal phelps ! These are the best that at wht they do irreplaceable but can’t find any videos

  4. Power of speech is very very important. What you say can change someone's life without you even knowing it. Be watchful of what you say.

  5. Gezz isn't Les Brown just fantastic? What a voice.. I Stumbled upon his another video What a man

  6. This video is the one I always come to it helps me with what I'm going through because im kinda going through with what he went through but different 👌 it gives me chills all over my body thank you less brown 😊

  7. My car broke down on the way to the buffet, i started walking. I WAS HUNGRY!!! When Mike Tyson bit off that guys ear he defended himself by saying "I WAS HUNGRY!!!"

  8. this is one of the greatest things "Its better to not have an opportunity and be prepared, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared" -Mr. Washington

  9. Less Brown mentality Challenge kid to a Public Speaker to a Senater of llinois.

    I'm like less Brown, Special Education Student to High School Graduate, to aWork in the Field, to a Landscaper, to a Carwash Attendant to a Assistant Janitorial Manager, and studying to become a Medical Scientist in Community College. 😊

  10. The Buddhists believe your hunger is what is keeping you from finding a meal. Let go. Don’t try. Don’t force anything. Trust the universe. The only part of ourselves that needs improvement is the part of ourselves that seeks improvement…..

  11. This story is true accomplishment (hard way) in this cruel world. Never give up what you are hungry for. It is hard to win, but it is the hardest thing to give up.

  12. It is really amazing how these successful people overcome their adversity and stand tall to live their dreams eventually. I guess it all starts with a clear vision. Unfortunately, still, I am searching for myself to find out what I really want from my life and what legacy I want to leave one day. But I know that I will achieve what I want in my life one day indefinitely.

  13. I was letting myself sink in my own self pity, and feeling hopeless and unmotivated. He really reminded me how I need to pick myself up, I am what I believe myself to be, this really motivated me to make some changes and not let set backs paralyze me. Thank u for that.

  14. By the way guys.Is it just me or did he say he called his girlfriend and then he said he is single on the air?Goodbye girlfrend xD

  15. I was diagnosed by step mom therapist as a psychopath when I was 9. Then sociopath at the age 12. By 13 they thought that I had multiple personality disorder and it goes on and on until I'm 17. Now they just think I'm weird with no problem at all. What a joke

  16. Most people are so negative they will have to say No so many times before they say yes. Hunger fumes one and lights up their fire, when you hungry you are programmed to ignore negatives🔥. This must be one of the most inspirational stories ever.

  17. I will never quit. My Lord gives me strength and supplies all my needs
    Thank you Lord, Thank you Jesus
    David James West, a Christian man

  18. Thank you for the video. I understand you and I feel as if I am looking at myself in a mirror. Thank you. God bless you.

  19. such a great man … listening to him has always been a good idea for me … he just can put you on the right side again and again … thanks for sharing this

  20. I literally cried when he said he was mentally retarded and the teacher replied 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  21. Don’t Take It Personally, Most People so negative ‘They will have to say no 7 times before they say ‘yes’

  22. Did anyone noticed mr brown saying never knowing his mother or father and also mentioning calling his mom and gf. Wats the story here?

  23. I must have used up all of the greatness I had. No matter how hard I try, how hard I work I still keep hitting the wall. Unfortunately my best years are behind me. I have decided to give up.

  24. Thank you – I know of such; I am struggling, & hungry – & refusing to be touched – by strangers who see (blindly), & get angry – if they cannot distract me – from a healthy hungry…in me – for my victory!

  25. I love this speech, it’s so relatable to my “childhood” I got set back 2th grade, they told me I was dumb and wasn’t going to be so successful, when I said I wanted to be a business owner some day they laugh…but then I meet one teacher that believe in me she helped me through middle school from 7th grade to 9th grade she said I could do great things in life. I’m 17 now and l a business owner I have 3 guys working for me and two business trucks, keep in mind I’m 17

  26. People will come, it's not important that they are always good, they can be jerks. Fight for, yourself and most essentially for your life, when you throw the commitment in something, it never gone away empty. Won't allow people to stemp you with something, what isn't your real identity. Remember this my friend's. Ali Muzaffar. author.

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