July 25, 2017  |  Albuquerque Education Entrepreneurship UpTogether Fund

Mary Munoz

“You have something special! You have Greatness within you!” Les Brown

It took me a couple of months watching every day, the YouTube video “You have Greatness within you” to believe these 5 words. Every time I watched it I felt something growing inside my heart. In a couple of months, I was sure, certain, positive, convinced, and confident that he was talking to me.

At the beginning I did not know what to do, where to start, or who to ask for help. The only thing that I knew is that I can do more in life, starting with me, my family, my community, my country, my world.

Two years ago I started an amazing journey of becoming a motivational speaker and a life coach. I started following the advice of my mentor Les Brown in his videos, “read as many books as you can, work on yourself more than anything else”.

During the past two years I have had ups and downs, days that I was so discouraged that I didn’t even want to open a book or get out of my bed. Days that I feel harmonized with the universe and believe it’s possible. Now I know that everybody will have to face this in the journey of success. I used FII to practice. I made a small presentation about goals for my team fellows in 2016. I was so nervous but at the end, everything went well. I also presented to a few FII family groups — their comments and feedback were great and encouraged me to continue my journey.

In November 2016, I discovered the incredible opportunity of becoming a Founding Member of the Les Brown Maximum Achievement Team. My dream was about to become a reality, there was only one little problem: the cost. Being honest, I almost gave up but a person who I admire and love, pushed me to do whatever it takes to pursue my dream with the attitude of ‘no matter what.’ I opened a GoFundMe page to pay registration. In a couple of weeks I had enough money to register and get certified with the number one motivational speaker: Mr. Les Brown. I still needed money to pay for the classes and materials, so I applied for a FII’s Bertha Miller Scholarship and, in January 31, 2017, I paid in full.

Now I am in Florida taking the classes and learning the most beautiful tool that a motivational speaker can use to change millions of lives, being the product of my product. I have been following the advice that my teachers and mentors had been giving to me. For example, they recommended that I get involved in the community and register in the Chamber of Commerce of my city, and I did. I have been knocking on different doors to have the opportunity to talk and start making connections in my community and I did. Now I am an active member of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. I am also a club member of the Toastmasters International and 3 weeks ago my team elected me as a President of the Club. I am so proud to help guide and represent them. For now, I am offering free speeches for different organizations and still waiting for their answers.

One of my big dreams was to meet my mentor Les Brown in person and be able to talk to him about my dreams. Well, not only did I talk to him, I got to take pictures with him and sing for him in Spanish — I did it holding his hands. It was in that moment that I realized that it’s possible. I was there in Florida, in front of him, holding his hand telling him my story and how he changed my life, singing for him from my heart and Certified as a Founding Member of the Les Brown Maximum Achievement Team.

With this, I am ready to launch my business as a Life, Health and Nutrition Coach, and be able to inspire millions of people to pursue their dreams as I am doing.


My goal is to become a recognized international motivational speaker, traveling around the world to change millions of lives, starting with my two little ones. I want to help my kids understand that the sky is the limit, If mommy can do it, they can do it too. I want to teach them with my example.

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