95 Motivational Eric Thomas Quotes

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If you’ve ever heard a speech of Eric Thomas, you know of the great motivational power this individual can unleash within you. Whoever listens to his remarkable talks will not only feel transformed but also excited to finally tackle the challenges they are dealing with. The motivational speaker – who is also known as The Hip-Hop Preacher – can truly ignite the fire within that makes you do everything it takes to accomplish your dreams. His motivational quotes will inspire you to dream big and encourage you to reach for the stars. Whenever it feels as if you’re stuck in life, reading a couple of powerful Eric Thomas quotes can truly make a difference. That’s why we’ve created the following collection of the finest and most motivational quotes by this unique man.

One of the most defining times in the life of Eric Thomas was when he became a high school dropout and became homeless for two years. As tragic and as sad this time must have been before him, it also transformed him from the inside out.

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
Eric Thomas

During the time Eric Thomas lived as a homeless person on the streets of Detroit, he was inspired by a preacher to get his life back together. In fact, this very preacher instilled in him the desire to eventually become a teacher and to have a profound impact on the lives of young individuals.

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If you skip ahead more than a decade, you can see what a truly inspiring person Eric Thomas has become. He’s not only a celebrated motivational speaker but also the crater of a program that helps underprivileged youth. Let’s have a look at what powerful message this individual has to share by looking at the most powerful Eric Thomas quotes.

95 Motivational Eric Thomas Quotes

It never ceases to amaze how Eric Thomas manages to instill motivation and excitement in his listeners. Whenever you hear him speak, you’ll quickly start brimming with pure motivation. In fact, listening to his speeches will encourage you to finally confront the obstacles that prevent you from being truly successful in life.

Here are these truly inspirational Eric Thomas quotes:

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“Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour or a day, or even a year. But eventually, it will subside. And something else takes its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.”
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“Sometimes it ain’t about being the most talented. Sometimes it ain’t about being the smartest. Sometimes it’s not even about working the hardest. Sometimes it’s about consistency! Consistency!”
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“The most important thing is this: To be able at any moment, to sacrifice what you are, for what you will become!”
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“I’m intoxicated on success!”
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“Everybody has a dream, but not everybody has a grind.”
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“A setback is a setup for a comeback.”
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“There is nothing wrong with dreaming big dreams, just know that all roads that lead to success have to pass through Hardwork Boulevard at some point.”
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“Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners.”
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“Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.”
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“I’m not the smartest. But you will not out work me! I wake up every morning at 3 o’clock!”
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“Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep!”
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“I’ve got a dream that’s worth more than my sleep.”
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“God has a purpose for your pain, a reason for your struggles and a reward for your faithfulness. Don’t give up.”
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“Success is not for the weak and uncommitted… Sometimes it’s gonna hurt!”
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“An eagle uses the storm to reach unimaginable heights.”
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“Stop the blame game. Stop! Stop looking out the window and look in the mirror!”
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“Avoid being your own enemy.”
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“Like for real, you can start from the bottom, and by the grace of God, work your way all the way up to the top man.”
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“You can’t cheat the grind, it knows hows much you’ve invested, it won’t give you nothing you haven’t worked for.”
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“The difference between those who succeed and fail: not taking advantage of opportunities.”
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“Things change for the better when we take responsibility for our own thoughts, decisions and actions.”
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“Don’t cry to quit! You already in pain, you already hurt! Get a reward from it!”
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“Both desire and imagination are stored in the mind of the individual and when stretched, both have the potential to position a person for greatness.”
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“Apply the ABC’s of success to your life. Ask, Believe and Claim It.”
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“I’ve been trying to tell y’all, its’s not your circumstances or situation, that determines if you gonna be successful or not. I’ve been telling you it’s your mindset! It’s the way you see it. It’s the way you think it right!”
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“I started studying. I wasn’t watching the game no more. I wanted to study what was in Michael Jordan. I’m like “What’s in Michael Jordan? Michael Jordan got something in him?”
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“I’m here to tell you today, that the reason why God is allowing you to go through what he’s allowing you to go through, cause you been too smooth and you ain’t going as far as he needs you to go. And so God is allowing you to go up the rough side of the mountain not so he could hurt you, or break you. But God is trying to change, he’s trying to redesign you! And so every trial you go through, every tribulation you go through, every setback you go through, God is redesigning you and putting more dimples on you baby, so you can go farther!”
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“You know school ain’t my first love, but we gotta get in here and do it so that young people can know that for real it’s past possible, there’s absolutely nothing that we can’t accomplish.”
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“The problem is, you get more excited talking about it than you do when you actually doing it!”
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“Look in the mirror, that’s your competition.”
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“No alarm clock needed, my passion wakes me.”
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“I dare you to take a little pain. I dare you!”
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“Desire and imagination have the potential to position a person for greatness.”
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“Everybody wants to be a beast, until it’s time to do what real beasts do.”
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“If you’re going to go to your next level, your values are going to have to change.”
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“Listen to me: You’ll never be successful until I don’t have to give you a dime to do what you do.”
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“Most of you won’t be successful because when you’re studying and you get tired, you quit!”
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“I don’t care if you broke, you grew up broke… you grew up rich. You only get 24hrs!”
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“I’m exactly where I wanted to be because I realized, I gotta commit my very being to this thing.”
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“Some of you need to give up your cell phone!”
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“Because the time you spend on your cell phone, could be used for your success. The time you could be using to be successful, you’re using on the cell! And the cell phone is not bringing you nothing but a bill!”
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“It’s one thing to talk about your destiny. It’s one thing to dream about your destiny. It’s one thing to look at your destiny. But it’s another thing – it is another thing – to make the decisions. To wake up when you know you supposed to wake up!”
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“At some point in life you have to face your fears.”
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“Sleep? “I don’t sleep.” You thought that was it? It goes deeper than going without sleep because you might miss the opportunity to succeed. No, no, no! It’s about No Days Off! No weekends! No Holidays! No Birthdays!”
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“It’s realizing that a great dream is not as good as a great memory. The dream can be had by anyone. The memory – must be made.”
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“This is what I’m saying, take advantage of opportunity, because if you do, doors are going to open up for you.”
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“When you’re great! You attract great! When you’re average! You attract average.”
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“It’s about optimal movement. Decisive movement. The most effective movement.”
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“You ain’t average! But you know what? You’re playing small because it’s easier to be average.”
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“The competitive edge is not something that… it’s not the top tier management… it’s not something that they give you.”
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“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”
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“Fall in love with the process and the results will come”
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“You are the executive director and screenwriter of your life.”
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“Be stronger than your excuses.”
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“Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanence!”
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“Listen to me, even when you lose, it’s OK to lose, but you can never get comfortable with it. You can never be satisfied with losing. When you lose, it’s got to hurt.”
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“Stop sabotaging yourself.”
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“If it takes a boring Biology class, then I’m taking Biology. If I gotta go through Calculus to make my family get to a level they’ve never been too, then Calculus watch your back! Cause your boy is coming.”
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“When you get to a place where you don’t go for what you can get, but you go for what you can give, you gonna see your life change tremendously.”
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“If you’re just reading the book she told you to read, you’re getting beat! You read what she told you to read and then you ask her what she reading, cause if you don’t get what she’s reading, she’s gonna always be the teacher, and you’re always gonna be the student!”
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“Information changes situations.”
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“We all have the ability to produce greatness in our lives.”
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“It’s not about where you come from; it’s about heart! You come to a place where, you know, being smart ain’t enough. You gotta have heart”
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“Some of you have never learned to grow up!”
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“I was homeless for two and half years. And the problem with most of you, you’ve never felt any pain before. Y’all spoiled.”
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“When you have something good… When you have something good, you don’t play with it! You don’t take chances with it! You don’t take risks with it! When you got something good, you get every single thing you can get out of it! Because guess what? When you take care of something good, that something good takes care of you.”
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“I’m here to tell you, number one, that most of you say you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad, you just kinda want it.”
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“You got an opportunity to make a dream become a reality – and when you do, you just got to take advantage of it.”
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“I’m that guy that comes in your high school and tells you, you can make it happen! Greatness is upon you! You better act like it!”
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“My greatest asset is I was homeless. So, I can’t feel a whole lot of pain. I’ve already been alone. There’s not a whole of hurt I can feel, on a little paper, on a little test.”
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“Listen to me! No, to sleep when you should be working out. Saying no, to quitting when you still got a hundred more shots to make. Saying no, when your body says stop, but you put in fifty more push ups! You can’t just talk about it! You gotta be about it!”
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“At the end of pain is success.”
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“Stop being average. You’re not even good. You were born to be great.”
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“If you’re not where you are. If you’re not where you want to be. If you don’t have what you want, want to have. If you’re not where you think you should be at this particular place. It has nothing to do with the system, but it has everything to do with the fact that you’re not making the sacrifice.”
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“It’s realizing that a great dream is not as good as a great memory. The dream can be had by anyone. The memory – must be made.”
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“Success is never on discount! Greatness is never on sale! Greatness is never half off! It’s all or nothing! It’s all day, every day! Greatness is never on discount!”
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“Stop whining, start grinding.”
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“What you envision in your mind, how you see yourself, and how you envision the world around you is of great importance because those things become your focus.”
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“I use pain to push me to greatness”
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“Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what’s actually good for you.”
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“The only way to get out of mediocrity is to keep shooting for excellence.”
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“Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.”
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“If you can look up, you can get up.”
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“I wanted to surround myself with the kind of people who could help me turn my life around; people whom I could rub up against like iron and be sharpened.”
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“Your relationships will either make you or break you and there is no such thing as a neutral relationship. People either inspire you to greatness or pull you down in the gutter, it’s that simple. No one fails alone, and no one succeeds alone.”
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“Done is better than perfect if perfect ain’t done.”
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“I have learned over the years that the higher the level of emotion, the lower the level of reasoning. For example, if your emotions are at the highest level of 10, your ability to reason is at a 0. If it’s a 9 then your reasoning is a 1. I am not suggesting that emotions don’t have their place, but taking actions based purely on emotions is dangerous and could cost you everything.”
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“I do not take constructive criticism from people who have never constructed anything.”
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“Success, meaningful success, begins when we take ownership and actively take responsibility for our part in the shortcomings of our life.”
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“Information changes situations.”
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“You can’t sleep. Broke people sleep. You got to be willing to sacrifice sleep, if you sleep you may miss the opportunity to be successful.”
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“You can get through this. You are bigger than your pain, don’t give up, don’t give in.”
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“I learned that a real friendship is not about what you can get, but what you can give. Real friendship is about making sacrifices and investing in people to help them improve their lives.”
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“Can you honestly say the environment(s) you are in will yield the kind of harvest you are expecting?”
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“It’s not easy, but it’s simple.”
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I hope you enjoyed this collection of motivational Eric Thomas quotes.

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