“Live Full and Die Empty” – Seize the Day Recap #1

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The first speaker for the Seize the Day event last week was motivational speaker and author Les Brown. This post will summarize some of the points he made in his presentation, mostly in his words, but categorized by topic. (Any comments or clarifications I have are shown in parentheses.)

It Starts With You

The first step is to believe that it (whatever you are trying to accomplish) is possible. Don’t talk yourself out of it. (He failed a grade twice, was adopted, and was labeled retarded.)

Live full and die empty.  (Give whatever you have to give while you’re living.) The wealthiest place in the world is the cemetery. There you will find books, dreams, and potential that were never realized.

It is necessary to get help and coaching because you can’t see the (big) picture when you’re in the frame. Develop a ritual to restructure your thinking and discipline your mind.

You can do more than you can ever imagine. Statues are not erected for critics and complainers. If you can’t find the circumstances you want, create them. If you do what is easy, your life will be hard. But if you do what is hard, your life will be easy.

OQP: Who’s in Your Circle?

Remember OQP. Only Quality People. Ask yourself, ‘What is this relationship doing to me?’ Are you in a nourishing relationship or a toxic one? Some people are so negative, they can walk into a dark room and develop. Sidney Poitier wrote in his book The Measure of a Man that something happens when you walk with someone–either you adjust your pace to theirs, or they adjust to yours.

Someone’s opinion of you does not determine your reality.

People who are hungry are willing to do things that others won’t, to get things others don’t have. Find people who are doing what you want to do and study them! (Les studied and sought out Paul Harvey because he is an excellent communicator.)

“Recessions Restore Resourcefulness”

What is your freedom number (the amount of money you need to achieve financial freedom)? Take that number and multiply it by 100. Don’t ask how you’re going to do it. Say this: “I create wealth.”

Look at who a man is and he becomes worse. Look at who he can become and he will develop into who he should be.

What is your personal (social) contribution? (He trains people on strategic speaking and has a program called 10,000 Voices of Hope that helps those affected by autism.)

Never let what you want to say get in the way of what people need to hear. Never make a point without a story, and never tell a story without a point. Distract. Dispute. Inspire.

Tell the story about who you are. People only do business with those who they know, like, and trust. Three questions people have when you speak or do business are:

  1. Who are you?
  2. What do you have?
  3. Why should I care?

Success leaves clues. Say this: “I expect to win.” Be prepared for opportunity. You gotta be hungry!

Recessions restore resourcefulness. Provide more service than you get paid for. Customize your presentations. Give before you’re asked. Build relationships. Know that your time (your turn) will come. People that are hungry know they want to get to the top because the bottom is so overcrowded.