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Les Brown

In the fifth grade, Les Brown was mistakenly declared "educable mentally retarded" and placed back in the fourth grade and later failed the eighth grade, due to his inattention to school work, his restless energy, and his teachers' failure to recognize his true potential. He was referred to as D .T. for Dumb Twin. The label and stigma severely damaged his self-esteem for many years. Mamie Brown's belief in her son's ability to achieve whatever he set his mind to achieving made a difference in his life. "Her strength and character are my greatest inspiration, always have been and always will be."

Les Brown’s determination and persistence searching for ways to help Mamie Brown overcome poverty and his philosophy “do whatever it takes to achieve success” led him to become a distinguished authority on harnessing human potential and success. Les Brown's passion to learn and his hunger to realize greatness in himself and others helped him to achieve greatness in spite of not having formal education or training beyond high school. From his humble beginnings, Les Brown became one of the top motivational speakers in the world.

He rose from a hip-talking morning DJ to broadcast manager; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to three-term State legislator in Ohio; and from a banquet and nightclub emcee to premier Keynote Speaker for audiences as big as 80,000 people, including Fortune 500 companies and organizations all over the world.Les Brown is also the author of the highly acclaimed and successful books, "Live Your Dreams" and "It's Not Over Until You Win."