The Les Brown story is so motivational and inspiring. His life has been a great dream come true. Les has worked hard, learned true principles, and applied them in this life. He is a living testament of Seven Steps principles, along with others. The influence of his mother on his life has been monumental. He credits her for who he is today.
Les Brown’s life itself is a true testament to the power of positive thinking and the infinite human potential. Leslie C. Brown was born on February 17, 1945, in an abandoned building on a floor in Liberty City, a low-income section of Miami, Florida, and adopted at six weeks of age by Mrs. Mamie Brown, a 38 year-old single woman, cafeteria cook and domestic worker, who had very little education or financial means, but a very big heart and the desire to care for Les Brown and his twin brother, Wesley Brown. Les Brown calls himself “Mrs. Mamie Brown’s Baby Boy” and claims “All that I am and all that I ever hoped to be, I owe to my mother”.
In the fifth grade, Les Brown was mistakenly declared “educably mentally retarded” and placed back in the fourth grade and later failed the eight 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.”
I applaud all that Les Brown has done, and will do. I admire his example. I believe that all can learn much from him. I hope to work with Les in the future, and with The Seven Steps Foundation.