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Published on February 28th, 2020 | by Allison Kugel

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Les Brown Tells Minority Business Access Podcast “I was told by a Psychiatrist That I Was Suffering from Delusions of Grandeur”

Prolific motivational speaker and New York Times best-selling author, Les Brown, sits down with Tech and Energy CEO and host of MBA: Minority Business Access Podcast host Solomon Ali for a life-changing interview that will shift your perspective on what’s possible.

Excerpts From Les Brown’s Interview with MBA: Minority Business Access Podcast

“When I was asked what college I attended, I would reply, ‘I have no college education. In fact, I was labeled educable mentally retarded and held back from the fifth grade to the fourth grade, and I think that’s going to give me an advantage when I tell my story.” – Les Brown on using what was meant to hold him back to propel him forward

“Early on in my career, my ex-fiancée’s friend asked me, ‘What do you do young man?’ I said, ‘I’m a motivational speaker.’ She asked me who I spoke for, and I said, ‘No one yet, but I’m going to speak for major corporations all over the country and around world.'” – Les Brown on speaking your dreams into existence

“[Early on] I was told by a psychiatrist that I had delusions of grandeur, and I said, ‘Is that a bad thing?'” – Les Brown on being labeled unrealistic at the beginning of his career

“I was sleeping in my office in downtown Detroit and hiding in the closet when the janitorial staff came in to clean up. I then spoke at a place called The Church of Today. I did a six-week series called Choosing Your Future. On the sixth week, because of my commitment and not giving up, news reporters came out to interview me to find out what I was doing that brought over 2-3,000 people out to hear me do this series. One of the King brothers (from television syndicator, King World Productions) saw the news interview and he called me. Three days later he offered me a $5 million contract to do a talk show. What were the chances that he was in that hotel on that day watching television, and I was being interviewed and it just happened to catch his attention.” – Les Brown on attracting a multi-million-dollar television deal into his life in the early 1990s

“I encourage you to make rejection and the word ‘No’ your vitamin.” – Les Brown on not letting rejection discourage you from chasing your dreams

Listen and Watch the entire inspirational and informational conversation between Les Brown and Solomon Ali Here.

Additional guests on Solomon Ali’s MBA: Minority Business Access podcast have included: Married to Medicine‘s Lisa Nicole Cloud, Jeff Hoffman, the founder of Priceline.com; Chris Ryan of Tiger Investment Group; Noel Lee, inventor of Monster Cables and a collaborator on creating Beats by Dre; and Alec Stern, a co-founder of Constant Contact.

MBA: Minority Business Access podcast is your road to becoming a successful entrepreneur is fraught with trials and challenges, especially with limited capital and resources. In this podcast, host Solomon Ali advises listeners on how to avoid common pitfalls, so you can thrive in business.

Learn all you need to know about gaining access to capital to jump start your entrepreneurial success. Business whiz Solomon Ali provides the step-by-step guide, inspiration, and encouragement to raise capital and move forward with your goals.

Each episode addresses areas of concern and opportunity for, both, new and established businesses. The MBA podcast covers topics such as Corporation Set Up, Employee/Payroll Management, Business Credit and Capital Raises, Taxes, and Insurance to name a few. For more established businesses, the MBA podcast explores topics such as Expansion, Increased Working Capital, Investments, Regulatory Issues, Insurance, Private vs. Public structure, and Exit Strategies for small business owners and their investors.

Solomon Ali scales companies across healthcare, technology, and energy sectors through the acquisition of funding and management consulting. Of the less than twenty African American-owned publicly traded companies in the U.S., Mr. Ali, has held a seat on the board-of-directors of three of these companies. Mr. Ali and his team of consultants have collectively managed and successfully closed more than 140 mergers and acquisitions. He has served as CEO of private equity company Rainco Industries, whereby he has generated $100 million in assets for his various companies and arranged more than $250 million in structured investment capital and financing throughout his career in finance.

Companies established with Solomon’s efforts and expertise across tech and energy sectors have earned more than $118 million in gross sales revenue in the past year, alone. Mr. Ali is CEO of NDR Energy Group, one of the largest minority owned energy companies in the United States, and owner of multiple technology patents licensed exclusively through licensor EyeTalk 365. Visit SolomonRCAli.info.


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