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  FINDING INNER GREATNESS
 
By: Tyler Allen, Diboll FFA
July 10, 2013

 
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“What will be different because you showed up?” challenged a zestful Les Brown to the audience of the Second General Session during the 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention. Brown addressed the sizable crowd on the topic of dreams, goals and what must be done to achieve them. Brown also gave advice on how to use one’s full potential to make a positive difference in the world around them, even against impossible odds.

In his keynote address, Brown encouraged members of the Texas FFA to obtain their inner greatness. He explained that fully utilizing one’s talents requires a “hunger,” or an unstoppable drive and passion.

Brown went on to describe how, in order to be an effective leader, an individual must be able to impact and influence the people around them by building relationships, being confident and remaining persistent.

“Greatness is not destiny, it is a choice that you have to make every day,” Brown said.

Brown also added, in order to achieve success, friends and acquaintances must reflect and uplift the ideal type of person one strives to be. “Be around people that are assets rather than liabilities,” he said.

At six weeks old, Brown was adopted into a low income household in Miami, Fla. He did poorly in school, and obtained no formal education after high school. After persistently asking for a job at a radio station, he became a disc jockey at a young age. He excelled in public communications through his radio broadcasts, and became an established speaker.

Brown went on to become a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and later the host of the television series, The Les Brown Show. He is now a full-time motivational speaker and has spoken on four continents. He is the recipient of multiple speaking awards, as well as a best-selling author.

Brown stressed to members of the Texas FFA to use inner greatness and potential to its highest degree. He emphasized the need to “live full” and “die empty,” so that when life is over, there will be no regrets.

He urged members to use the Texas FFA and its resources to climb to a higher level and set a higher standard than ever before. According to Brown, only when one fully uses their inner talents and abilities, can they truly live a “limitless life.”
 
 
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