Watch and read here the full transcript of the powerful motivational speaker Les Brown’s speech: You Have Greatness within You. The title is also called: Step Into Your Greatness.
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T Harv Eker – Author, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
Can it get any more incredible? Yes?
T Harv Eker: It’s all incredible. It’s all wonderful. You know, the people who are on this stage, for the most part, they are handpicked. All the trainers have been handpicked by me, and this next person that I want to bring up here, oh, man, this guy is going to light a fire under your ass. This guy can resonate. All right. He can bring the house, all of it. He is a renowned professional speaker and author, a television personality. He has a high, high-energy message that really has people shake off mediocrity. Shake off what?
T Harv Eker: And live up to their true greatness. He has been honored with award after award after award after award after award, and he’s been touted as one of the world’s top five speakers by Toastmasters International in all time. Good or good?
T Harv Eker: He was actually awarded an Emmy, an Emmy for one of his recorded speech presentations, and he has become a leading fundraiser with PBS. With who?
T Harv Eker: He is, as I said, internationally recognized. He has got successful books all over the place, and one of his books is called Live Your Dreams. A newly released book is called It’s Not Over Until You Win. This is a treat. This is the magnificence of none other than Mr. Les Brown!
Les Brown – Motivational speaker
All right, let’s get to it. It’s so great to be here.
Well, let’s get to work. All right, thank you. Let’s get to work. You are beautiful. I’m so excited to be here. I’m very honored to be invited here by a man that I consider an icon when it comes to personal empowerment, a man who is truly a Renaissance man, who is ahead of his time, and having the vision and the dream to create a Woodstock of the Mind. He is making history. T. Harv Eker, let’s give him a round of applause! Let’s give it to him. Thank you so very much. Yes.
I consider him a personal coach, an example of what we all can be when we make up our minds of living from our greatness as opposed to fears.
How many have some major goals you would like to achieve? Raise your hands, please. Very good. I’d like to ask that question. There is an old saying that says, “If you aim at nothing in life, you hit nothing.” Dead on the head.
I’ve been looking at my life and reflecting on my life because 10 years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I stand before you because of God’s grace and mercy, and faith in knowing that as we work together, as we believe in the possibilities of the fact that healing takes place first within, then without, the possibilities are unlimited to what we can do. I’m going to do a national tour called You Are More Powerful Than Cancer.
One of the things I think, doctors should never tell anyone they’re terminally ill. I think what they should say is that, “my knowledge and ability to help you has terminated.” My PSA 10 years ago was 110. As I stand before you, it’s 270. One to four men, you know that’s normal. PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen, but to me PSA stands for Positively Staying Alive.
I was reflecting on my life during the time when I received 238 radiation seed implants, and as I looked at my life, I asked myself a question. And I want to ask you a question. How many of you know if you had your life to live over again, you could have done more than what you’ve done thus far? Raise your hands, please.
Now, that proves a point of what we do, what we accomplish, what we produce in life is only a tip of the iceberg of what’s possible for us. I want you to think about some major goals that give your life a sense of meaning right now, and as you’re thinking about that, I want you to shake someone’s hand on your right and your left and around you, look them in the eyes and say with conviction, “You have something special.” Do that quickly now, please. Tell them, “You have something special.” Yes.
So now, I want you to join me right now. I want you to think about some major goals that you’d like to achieve, something that gives your life a sense of meaning, something that will give your life a sense of purpose and direction. My first major goal was to buy my mother a home. That was important to me. I’m adopted. I was born in a poor section of Miami, Florida called Liberty City in an abandoned building on a floor with a twin brother. And when we were 6 weeks of age, we were adopted by Mrs. Mamie Brown. My mother was 46 years of age. She only had a third-grade education but she had a Ph.D. in Mother Wit. I feel like Abraham Lincoln who said, “All that I am and all that I ever hope to be I owe to my mother.” I saw a sign once that said, “God took me out of my biological mother’s womb and placed me in the heart of my adopted mother.”
So my goal and dream was to buy my mother a home, to take care of my mother. My mother was a domestic worker on Miami Beach, and she would go to work and many days she would take us with her. And we ate the food left over from the families that my mother cooked for. They were very kind and generous people. They would say, “Mamie, whatever food is left over after you cook, you can pack it up and take it home to the children, the food that’s left over after we eat, and feed those seven children that you have adopted.” Because of that generosity, many nights we did not go to bed hungry because they were so kind and so giving. We wore the hand-me-down clothes of the children that Mama kept. If they were too small, Mama could sew, she would let them out, or if they were too large, she would tape them in.
And my mother was a great baker. She could bake a cake. She could bake a sweet potato pie so good you couldn’t eat it with your shoes on. You had to take your shoes off so you could wiggle your toes.
And I used to say, looking at the beautiful mansions that she used to clean, I would say, “Mama!”
She said, “What is it boy?”
“When I become a man I’m going to buy something like this for you. I’m going to buy you a home one day.”
She said, “Leslie, you don’t have to do that.”
I said, “I know Mama, but I want to. I’m going to one day.”
She didn’t know and she was curious, where was I getting those thoughts from? I used to work and take care of Mr. Sidorsky. He was a very demanding man, very meticulous guy. He would say, “Leslie!”
I’d say, “Yes, sir!”
“You did not clean this ashtray!”
“I’m sorry, sir. I do apologize.” And I’d clean the ashtray.
“Look at this dust here. Look at this dust!”
“I’m sorry, sir.”
Now, what Mr. Sidorsky did not know was that I deliberately didn’t clean certain things because I wanted him to call me into his office. Because when he was in his office, he would listen to motivational messages by a guy by the name of Earl Nightingale. It was a series called The Strangest Secret in the World. “We become what we think about.” “All of us are self-made but only the successful will admit it.”