Eric Thomas is a teen life coach. He works around schools, putting the right values into young minds.
Below is one of the best videos for us that asks, “How can I be successful?” Truly worth your 15 minutes. It could be a turning point for your life.
“Number One: When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.”
“And I’m here to tell you that number one, most of you say you wanna be successful but you don’t want it bad, you just kind of want it.
“You don’t want it bad than you wanna party. You don’t want it as much as you want to be cool. Most of you don’t want success as much as you want sleep.”
“Some of you lost sleep more than you lost success. And I’m here to tell you today, if your going to be successful you gotta be willing to give up sleep.”
“Don’t cry to give up. Cry to keep goin. You already in pain, you already hurt. Get a reward from it.”
“A professional athlete said, ‘All men are created equal, some work harder in pre-season’.”
“Number Two: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you will become.”
“You can make sacrifices when Monday Night Football is not on, but when the game is on, you’re attached to it.”
“There are some of you when you give up your cellphone, you will be successful. Because the time you spend on your phone can be used for your success, and the phone is not bringing anything to you but a bill.”
“‘I’m not good in math.’ That’s right, because you never study! ‘I’m no good in rhyme.’ Because you never write!”
“400 years of slavery and you cannot get through a writing class??? And you got tutor after tutor, resource after resource?
“The problem is: you never felt pain before. You’re soft! This is a soft generation: You quit on everything!”
“Number Three: 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 will take its place. If I quit however, it will last forever.”
“I dare you to take some pain. You’re not going to die. At the end of pain is success!”
“My greatest asset is I was homeless. So I can’t feel a whole lotta pain. I’ve already been alone. Not a whole lotta hurt i can feel.”
“The day has gotta go from external to internal.”
“When I was homeless I know somethin was wrong. So I said: ‘Will The Real Eric Thomas please stand up?!’ ‘WILL THE REAL ERIC THOMAS PLEASE STAND UP??!’”
“Stop being this high-school drop out. Stop giving-up. Stop sleeping on the street. Stop being afraid in taking the test. Stop being afraid going to college because your daddy didn’t go, and your momma didn’t go.”
“I am exactly where I want to be, because I realize I gotta commit my very being to this thing. I gotta breathe it. I gotta eat it. I gotta sleep it. And until you get there, you’ll never be successful in life.”