Les Brown is an amazing speaker. He can magnetize people when he is speaking, but he didn’t become one of the best simply because he was talented or he had good luck. Les came from a poverty-stricken neighborhood and he and his twin brother were adopted. But Les had bigger dreams and he wanted more. He wanted to buy his adoptive mother a new house and had a dream of being a disc jockey. At night, he would take a transistor radio to bed where he listened to the local deejays so he could learn from them. He created an imaginary radio station in his room and practiced speaking using a hairbrush as his microphone. His brother and his mother would often shout at him to go sleep, but for Les, it didn’t matter because he was living his dream. One day he went to the local radio station and told the manager that he wanted to be a disc jockey. With no experience, the manager said no. Les thanked him politely and left the room, but Les continued to come by every single day and ask for a job. Finally, he was hired as the errand boy. This gave him the opportunity to watch and learn from the real disc jockeys. One day, the deejay who started the show, got drunk so the manager called and asked Les to find another deejay. Les knew that was his chance, he waited for 15 minutes before calling the manager to tell him that he couldn’t find anyone. The manager asked him if he could work with the controls in the studio and he said YES. The rest, as they say, is history. Go for your goals the way Les did his! Make it a great week!
Something to Think About
Look at the goals you have for the remainder of the year and determine at least five strategies for exceeding those goals. If you need assistance, I’m happy to help.
Write a letter or note of encouragement to someone that you know who is struggling with something in their life, or pick up the phone can call them. Make this a week to inspire someone.
Words of Wisdom
As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better. – Dr. Steve Maraboli
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. – Confucius
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. – Newt Gingrich