Why it Pays to Be Hungry | Les Brown | Goalcast

– I was identified as mentally retarded, put back from the fifth
grade into the fourth grade, and stayed in that category
until I got out of high school. I don’t have any college training. Bu this met a high school teacher who one day changed my life. I was waiting on another student, and when he came in, he said to me, “Young man, go to the board “and write what I’m about to tell you.” And I said, “I can’t do that, sir.” And he said, “Why not?” I said, “I’m not one of your students.” He said, “It doesn’t matter. “Follow my directions now.” I said, “I can’t do that, sir.” He said, “Why not?” I said, “Because I’m
educable mentally retarded.” And he came from behind his
desk and he looked at me. He said, “Don’t ever say that again. “Someone’s opinion of you “does not have to become your reality.” And as he talked, my
heart began to beat fast. Tears began to run from my eyes and I was in the back
just listening to him, because the speech he was giving, that speech was for me. And he said, “Les Brown, “if you want to do anything
worthwhile in life, “you’ve got to be hungry!” I told him, “Mister Washington, “I wanted to become a disk jockey.” And so I started working
to develop myself. He said, “I want you to practice everyday “being a disk jockey.” I said, “But I don’t have any job now.” He said, “It doesn’t matter.” He said that it’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity
and not be prepared. And as I was working to develop myself, I applied for a job as a disk
jockey, WNB on Miami Beach. I went to a guy named Milton Butterball. I said, “How you doing, Mister Butterball? “I’d like to get a job as a disk jockey.” He looked at me, he said, “Do you have any broadcast background?” I said, “No, sir, I don’t.” Do you have any journalism background? I said, “No, sir, I don’t.” He said, “We don’t have
any jobs available.” I said, “Yes, sir.” I went back to Mister
Washington and I told him. He said, “Don’t take it personally.” He said, “Most people are so negative, “they will have to say no seven
times before they say yes.” He said, “Go back again.” So, I went back again. I said, “How you doing, Mister Butterball? “My name is Les Brown.” He said, “I know what your name is. “What do you want?” I said, “I’d like to know whether or not you have any jobs as a disk jockey, sir.” He said, “Didn’t I just tell you yesterday “we didn’t have any jobs?” I said, “Yes, sir, but I
didn’t know whether or not “somebody got laid off or
somebody was fired, sir.” He said, “No one was laid off or fired. “Now, get on out of here.” I came back the next day like I was seeing him for the first time. I said, “Hello, Mister Butterball. “How are you?” He looked at me with rage. He said, “Go get me some coffee!” I said, “Yes, sir.” (audience cheers) And I went to get him some coffee. After a while I would get
their lunch and dinner, and I would go in the control rooms and I would take the
disk jockeys there food, and I would not leave until
they would ask me to leave. One Saturday afternoon while
I was at the radio station, a guy name Rock was drinking
while he was on the air. I was the only one there, looking at him through
the control room windows, walking back and forth, young, ready, and hungry. Pretty soon the phone rang,
and it was the general manager. And I answered the phone. I said, “Hello?” He said, “Les, this is Mister Kline.” I said, “I know.” He said, “Rock can’t finish his program.” I said, “I know.” He said, “Would you call
one of the other DJs in?” I said, “Yes, sir.” I hung the phone up. I said, now he must be think I’m crazy. I called my momma and
my girlfriend Cassandra. I said ya’ll turn up the radio and come out on the front porch. I’m about to come on the air. (audience cheers) I waited for about 20 minutes, and I called him back. I said, “Mister Kline,
I can’t find nobody.” He said, “Young boy, do you
know how to work the controls?” I said, “Yes, sir.” He said, “Go in there and
don’t say nothing here.” I said, “Yes, sir.” (audience laughs) I couldn’t wait to get
behind those controls. I put on a old Stevie Wonder
record called Fingertips. I sat down behind that turntable. I said, “Look out! “This is me, LB Triple-P, “Les Brown, your platter-playing popper. “There were none before me, and
there will be none after me, “therefore that makes me the one and only. “Young and single and love to mingle, “certified, bonafide,
indubitably qualified “to brink you satisfaction,
a whole lot of action. “Look out baby, I’m your love man.” I was hungry! (audience cheers) I was hungry! You gotta be hungry! Begin to know that you
have greatness within you, and if just one of you here began to envision yourselves as being blessed and highly
favored to reach your goals, if just one of you captured
the essence of what that means, that you have greatness in you and a responsibility to
manifest that greatness, that you can make your parents proud, you can make your school proud, you can touch millions of people’s lives, and the world will never be the same again because you came this way. It was hard, ladies and gentlemen, coming to speak to people. And I was facing financial
difficulties in my own life. I was behind on my bills and my dreams, and I’m saying to them, you can live your dream! It was hard, ladies and gentlemen. It was very difficult to pick myself up each day
believing that I can do it. There were times that I doubted myself. I used to ask myself, can I do this? And something said within me, you’re the one. Don’t give up on your dream. By continuing to push forward, by continuing to run toward my dream, that one day I would
have my own talk show. It’s a long shot, ladies and gentlemen, from Liberty City in an
abandoned building on a floor, never knowing my mother or father. It’s a long shot. Being here with you today in this dome in Atlanta, it’s a long shot. No college training. Labeled educable mentally retarded, but I kept running toward my dream. (audience cheers) Don’t stop! Don’t stop running toward your dream!

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100 Responses

  1. SCREW92 5 30 . COM says:

    Who wants to support each others channel?

  2. Junaid Desai says:

    So wonderful. Big thumbs up 👍

  3. Tuấn Cao says:

    "We Are Friends" is sold to fight racism, I hope you spend a little time to see it. Have a good day my friends.


  4. Nathaniel Garcia says:


    I am HUNGRY

  5. Shelly Giggey says:

    OMG… 🧠💖🙌🌪

  6. eslam edenini says:

    "don't let nobody steal your dream, i used to ask myself can i do this?"

  7. time drifter says:

    I was hungry girl go make me a sandwich.

  8. ali oufar says:

    Les said at 1st I called my mom n my girlfriend then he said on air I’m young n single 😂😂🤦🏻‍♂️

  9. Luke Burton says:

    Best one yet

  10. Calvin Raab Personal Finance Videos says:

    Don't let anyone tell you who you are or who you are supposed to be!

  11. Rich Kid King Smith says:

    Love les brown great speaker

  12. musse says:

    Why are changing the thumbnail

  13. Yashas Rao Kuthnikar says:

    I would like to see Floyd mayweather nest and also eminem, Micheal phelps ! These are the best that at wht they do irreplaceable but can’t find any videos

  14. hilary martins-udeze says:

    Power of speech is very very important. What you say can change someone's life without you even knowing it. Be watchful of what you say.

  15. Alex Serban says:


  16. Ben says:

    Be that teacher that inspired him for someone else fr

  17. D.P.V - says:

    I was hungry……so I ate the biscuits

  18. N S says:

    Gezz isn't Les Brown just fantastic? What a voice.. I Stumbled upon his another video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=28Cv9WxiM7A What a man

  19. Toxik Loc says:

    This video is the one I always come to it helps me with what I'm going through because im kinda going through with what he went through but different 👌 it gives me chills all over my body thank you less brown 😊

  20. Toxik Loc says:

    I won't stop and i can't stop going for my dream i can feel myself making it 👌

  21. sly says:


  22. mina's says:

    didn't he say that he had a gf but he's "single and ready to mingle"

  23. Adam hassan says:

    thanks les brown.

  24. shoaib jan says:

    Don't ever say that again….

  25. Kevin Jones says:

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ iconic

  26. Gabriel DiFelice says:


  27. David Lozano says:

    My car broke down on the way to the buffet, i started walking. I WAS HUNGRY!!! When Mike Tyson bit off that guys ear he defended himself by saying "I WAS HUNGRY!!!"

  28. Prasanth Ganesan says:

    Whenever I feel down in my life this video comes to the rescue.

  29. movies channel says:

    this is one of the greatest things "Its better to not have an opportunity and be prepared, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared" -Mr. Washington

  30. Animation Nooblette says:

    I love this! 😀

  31. Jon Jr says:

    I love this, I listen to it at least 2 times a day, if not more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Darwin Roussel says:


  33. Khaali Insaan says:

    You gotta be hungry
    *Eats 2 sandwiches*

  34. levi kirito123 says:

    Less Brown mentality Challenge kid to a Public Speaker to a Senater of llinois.

    I'm like less Brown, Special Education Student to High School Graduate, to aWork in the Field, to a Landscaper, to a Carwash Attendant to a Assistant Janitorial Manager, and studying to become a Medical Scientist in Community College. 😊

  35. Alec Magill says:

    It’s over?

  36. MS Cool says:

    most motivational video iv ever watched i have a similar childhood story

  37. peter parker says:


  38. waliu ariyo says:

    Watching this for the umpteenth time

  39. Jack Knife says:

    The Buddhists believe your hunger is what is keeping you from finding a meal. Let go. Don’t try. Don’t force anything. Trust the universe. The only part of ourselves that needs improvement is the part of ourselves that seeks improvement…..

  40. Sheraawrr 200 says:

    Rip mate

  41. Marija N says:

    This story is true accomplishment (hard way) in this cruel world. Never give up what you are hungry for. It is hard to win, but it is the hardest thing to give up.

  42. FREE MARKET says:

    What to do If I am not hungry and I want to

  43. Irene Dontoh says:


  44. dimitrov alexanda says:

    Send this video to everyone wanting to commit a suicide, it might change the world

  45. Kyler Brecheisen says:

    If your hungry get some food. Just joking i think this is my favorite goalcast video.

  46. Vincent Wilkinson says:

    David goggins

  47. Buster 928 says:

    WOW DUDE !! Now THAT was power. I'm downloading this RIGHT NOW !

  48. Juwuan Barnes says:

    At 3:29 he said he called is moma and his gf but at 5:52 he said he never knew his momma

  49. Shade On A Cool Day says:

    Ross from friends asked me why I ate his sandwich. I replied "I was hongry"

  50. Jawad Abbasi says:

    Best speech ever

  51. Dilan Sankalpa says:

    It is really amazing how these successful people overcome their adversity and stand tall to live their dreams eventually. I guess it all starts with a clear vision. Unfortunately, still, I am searching for myself to find out what I really want from my life and what legacy I want to leave one day. But I know that I will achieve what I want in my life one day indefinitely.

  52. Emily Ford says:

    I was letting myself sink in my own self pity, and feeling hopeless and unmotivated. He really reminded me how I need to pick myself up, I am what I believe myself to be, this really motivated me to make some changes and not let set backs paralyze me. Thank u for that.

  53. البُعدُ الرابِع says:

    You gotta be hungry ❤️💪

  54. mike diamond says:

    Right on Les,Brown! Love the speech ! And the chicken dance!

  55. Mansecta Forbes says:

    I got greatness in me…


  56. julio cutz says:

    I love this videos…thanks guy take u time to make this videos…

  57. Kiwi 10 says:

    I am literally in tears right now 😭😭👑

  58. Gaming God says:

    By the way guys.Is it just me or did he say he called his girlfriend and then he said he is single on the air?Goodbye girlfrend xD

  59. Syakir Azmi says:

    I was diagnosed by step mom therapist as a psychopath when I was 9. Then sociopath at the age 12. By 13 they thought that I had multiple personality disorder and it goes on and on until I'm 17. Now they just think I'm weird with no problem at all. What a joke

  60. Azahar Al-Batami says:

    What's the title of this Fearless Motivation song?

  61. robert yerger says:

    What a great man, Mr. Les Brown. Thank you sir.

  62. Michael Reynolds says:


  63. #iamLelo says:

    Most people are so negative they will have to say No so many times before they say yes. Hunger fumes one and lights up their fire, when you hungry you are programmed to ignore negatives🔥. This must be one of the most inspirational stories ever.

  64. ShutUpCatProductions says:

    So was Peter Griffin….and look what he accomplished!

  65. david james says:

    I will never quit. My Lord gives me strength and supplies all my needs
    Thank you Lord, Thank you Jesus
    David James West, a Christian man

  66. The Messenger says:

    "Someone opinion of you does not have to become your Reality",💯💯💯💯

  67. F8th01 says:

    Thank you for the video. I understand you and I feel as if I am looking at myself in a mirror. Thank you. God bless you.

  68. Palwinder Sharda says:

    I'm not hungry… I'm starving 😁

  69. Bashar Georgos says:

    such a great man … listening to him has always been a good idea for me … he just can put you on the right side again and again … thanks for sharing this

  70. gaming4u 123 says:

    I literally cried when he said he was mentally retarded and the teacher replied 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  71. Cheeky Gamer says:

    legends. the rest of the world…. not so much

  72. Ajay chauhan says:

    Ur a god for me

  73. Ahmad Omar says:

    Don’t Take It Personally, Most People so negative ‘They will have to say no 7 times before they say ‘yes’

  74. Aniket Bait says:

    Did anyone noticed mr brown saying never knowing his mother or father and also mentioning calling his mom and gf. Wats the story here?

  75. daniel280456 says:

    The US school system must have a really weird definition for "mentally retarded".

  76. Marco Polo says:

    Thank you

  77. varun dhawan says:

    After watching this video I think I m on the right side of internet..thanku sir 💪

  78. ASOMA ABURISH says:

    Please what is the name of the music

  79. ŠWØØŠH ŠWØØŠH says:

    One Day 👀

  80. Edgar Riera J. says:

    Fantastic speech, congratulations.

  81. The sword knight says:

    Is he Christian?

  82. It's Homegrown LLC says:

    This story NEVER gets old!!

  83. eLoq box says:


  84. Quan Uzbekov says:

    What's program do you use for editing video? I will ask you until I get an answer

  85. Richie Carbone says:

    I must have used up all of the greatness I had. No matter how hard I try, how hard I work I still keep hitting the wall. Unfortunately my best years are behind me. I have decided to give up.

  86. Franco Palumbo says:

    Great Story – Les!

  87. Ben Hill says:

    Les brown is the only person that believes in me. I wave my middle finger at the down votes.

  88. Gift Malose says:

    These dude helped me to find my self again.. All i can say "Cheers "

  89. Erion Sinani says:

    Best motivating and advising video ever. According to me.

  90. L J says:

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  91. Anonymous 74727 says:

    This gave me and humanity hope again thanks for the video❤️

  92. Lee Spelled L-i says:

    Thank you – I know of such; I am struggling, & hungry – & refusing to be touched – by strangers who see (blindly), & get angry – if they cannot distract me – from a healthy hungry…in me – for my victory!

  93. Tania Stronach says:

    Love this guy he is awesome

  94. Jose Saucedo Gamino says:

    I love this speech, it’s so relatable to my “childhood” I got set back 2th grade, they told me I was dumb and wasn’t going to be so successful, when I said I wanted to be a business owner some day they laugh…but then I meet one teacher that believe in me she helped me through middle school from 7th grade to 9th grade she said I could do great things in life. I’m 17 now and l a business owner I have 3 guys working for me and two business trucks, keep in mind I’m 17

  95. Jennifer Aquino says:

    I cry every time. 😢

  96. Ismama 27 says:

    The best, most emotional speech, I ever watched. So deeply spiritually beautiful. Thank you Les Brown. And for GoalCast team

  97. Ali Muzaffar says:

    People will come, it's not important that they are always good, they can be jerks. Fight for, yourself and most essentially for your life, when you throw the commitment in something, it never gone away empty. Won't allow people to stemp you with something, what isn't your real identity. Remember this my friend's. Ali Muzaffar. author.

  98. Goalcast says:

    Watch this video in Spanish over at Goalcast Español! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x86Xa5JRNJc

  99. Zhi Yi Lye says:

    Keep on going no matter what , i cant tell what your future holds but your next right thing , your next kindness , your next positive energy will change your circumstances, live a remarkable live , only certain day was yesterday , the next day is hope and possibilities and always great if we have a positive energy and kindness 🙂

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