The Story You Believe About Yourself Determines Your Success

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October 9, 2017

The list of things that could have stopped Les Brown from becoming successful is lengthy and heart-wrenchingly dismal. He entered the world on the floor of an abandoned building in Liberty City, Florida—one of the poorest areas of the state. Before he reached high school, his teachers determined he was far below academic standards. He moved through the adoption system, suffered the opinions of naysayers and even survived cancer.

Related: Les Brown: Hard Times Go to Your Heart and Into Your Soul

But he didn’t let those things hold him down for good. Today, Brown is a successful speaker and author, a feat that took him 14 years to believe he could accomplish. To shape your reality in a powerful way, Brown says you have to maintain an unshakable belief in your abilities. You don’t have to let the naysayers or setbacks control your narrative; it’s all about the story you choose to believe about yourself.

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LES BROWN GIVES A MOTIVATIONAL TALK AT THE SUCCESS LIVE CONFERENCE IN LONG BEACH.

 

“What we do and what we accomplish is only the tip of the iceberg of what’s possible for us.” —Les Brown

 

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Running time: 36:39

Filmed September 2017 at SUCCESS Live in Long Beach