Les Brown was an adopted twin by a single mother with 7 kids. In middle school Les Brown was known as DT (dumb twin). He was determined Educable Mentally Retarded by his teachers. At that point Les believed that he was dumb.
All of that changed when he had a teacher named Mr. Washington. Mr. Washington told him that he better never refer to himself as dumb ever again. He taught him the power of mindset, and taught him to believe in himself. He taught him that there are no limits in life other than those that we impose on ourselves.
Les Brown is now one of the most successful motivational speakers in the world. Les proves that your mindset determines where you go in life, not your race, gender, or level of affluence. The right mindset is a direct result of the people in your life that have influenced you. Your parents, grand parents, teachers, coaches, mentors, friends etc. One “Mr. Washington” can shape someone’s mindset, and change the direction of their life forever.
This Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for all of the “Mr. Washingtons” that have helped shape who I am. Thank you to my wonderful parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, mentors, partners and friends. I encourage you to reflect on all of the people in your life that have invested in you, and I challenge you to be someone else’s “Mr. Washington.” You never know who’s life could be changed forever.