He Explains in 51 Seconds Everything That's Holding You Back | Les Brown on Impact Theory

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Legendary motivational speaker Les Brown has overcome the most profound challenges. Over the course of his incredible career, he went from being labelled mentally retarded and working menial jobs to inspiring audiences of up to 80,000 people at a time. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Les Brown shares the truth about how everyone has to fail their way to success. He also details his strategies for improving his mindset, explains exactly how he transformed the story he tells himself about himself, and talks about how to deal with negative thoughts and negative people.


Life is a battle for territory [3:07]
Les discusses his battle with cancer, which he has been winning for over 20 years [4:35]
Les explains how he changed his beliefs and the stories he told himself about himself [7:21]
Les shares his experience with prejudice, and how he learned to have hope [11:53]
Les explains how the dominant culture dismantles people’s creativity and sense of self [17:15]
Les describes the most important lessons about success he ever learned [19:46]
Les strongly advocates embracing your own uniqueness [22:53]
Don’t live the life that was given to you by your circumstances [26:40]
Les strongly recommends reading, changing your social circle, and finding a mentor [29:13]
Les makes some surprising book recommendations [32:23]
Les talks about holding negative thoughts in check [33:31]
Les details his strategy for continuously improving his mindset [35:43]
Les shares the impact his mother had on his life [37:25]
Les tells the story of how he learned to be unstoppable [43:02]
Les advocates listening, telling stories, and orchestrating an experience [45:37]
Les shares the impact he wants to have on the world [47:30]


“Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” [21:34]
“Life is a fight for territory. Once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over.” [3:45]
“No excuse is acceptable.” [24:18]
“You will fail your way to success.” [24:46]
“If your achievements outgrow your sense of self, you will unconsciously engage in self-destructive behavior.” [36:59]
“If information could change people, everybody would be skinny, rich and happy.” [46:59]


WEBSITE: https://lesbrown.com
EMAIL: info@lesbrownleader.com
INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2QRxyRo
FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/39Q70IQ
TWITTER: https://bit.ly/36xr14R


“The Road to Your Best Stuff”, Mike Williams https://amzn.to/37KlIzd
“Live Your Dreams”, Les Brown https://amzn.to/2FuV3dH
“Secret of the Ages”, Robert Collier https://amzn.to/2FA859H
“As a Man Thinketh”, James Allen https://amzn.to/35u1cl7

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Tom Bilyeu Welcome to my channel! I'm Tom Bilyeu and my goal with this YouTube channel is to introduce you to the people and ideas that will help you actually execute on your dreams. You will learn how to level up your mindset, develop leadership skills in business and in your personal life, and learn how to live to your full potential. I drop weekly dose of inspiration every Tuesday and Thursday. -On Tuesdays, I have a long-format interview, Impact Theory, with elite entrepreneurs, athletes, and more. -On alternating Thursdays, I release Health Theory, where I interview the top health experts in their respective field and share those findings with you or Conversations with Tom where I and a different guest each month, discuss various topics from ego, failure, deep values and liberation, beauty and ambition, prison, drugs, and so much more. No topic is off-limits. Subscribe to this channel if you want to keep up to date with our content! Follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/tombilyeu

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  1. I follow Impact Theory channel and love every single guests that Tom has interviewed. Les Brown (and don't even know he existed until today!) is the only guests who as he spoke, made me cry and feel sparks bursting inside me! I am so grateful to Tom for asking all the right questions and Les for his deep, rich and soul-stirring experiential insights. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! Love from Singapore.

  2. Tom Bilyeu thank you for creating this wonderful channel, I'm a 22 yr old my past is full of many mistakes due to my own lack of knowledge but I watch interviews such as this one, and feeding my mind the right wisdom and words i need to hear. Thank you for your work and courage to help the world! God bless you and your beautiful wife as well!

  3. Imo Les Brown is the best modern day motivational speaker. Very powerful!! Especially when he spoke about when his mother beat him to save Les from a beating from the cop. To be that real and that transparent is rare. Powerful speaker! ❤️ this man