34 Eric Thomas Quotes That Will Change Your Life

Eric Thomas is a motivational speaker, critically acclaimed author, pastor, and one of the most sought after personalities in the self-help world. In this post, we have put together 34 Eric Thomas quotes that will change your life. But first, here’s a little more information about Eric to get you inspired.

At the age of sixteen, Eric Thomas dropped out of high school. He spent two years living homeless after an argument with his mother. It was only when he met a pastor that he found the inspiration to go back to school and take his GED exams. It was this decision that ultimately changed his life and led him to help others find the inspiration and motivation to conquer their own greatness.

Eric Thomas, “The Hip Hop Preacher”, went through many struggles throughout his journey, and took twelve years to finish his degree  In 2005, he completed his Master’s Degree from Michigan State University, and in 2015, Eric received his Ph.D. in Education Administration from Michigan State University.


34 Eric Thomas Quotes That Will Change Your Life

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”

“You’ll never be successful until I don’t have to give you a dime to do what you do.”

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“Avoid being your own enemy.”

“I use pain to push me to greatness”

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

“Stop being average. You’re not even good. You were born to be great.”

“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.”

“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!”

“Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what’s actually good for you.”

“Desire & imagination have the potential to position a person for greatness.”

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“If you can look up, you can get up.”

“That most of you say you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad. You just kinda want it. You don’t want it badder 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 to sleep!”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“You will never ever be successful until you turn your pain into greatness until you allow your pain to push you from where you are to push you to where you need to be. Stop running from your pain and embrace your pain. Your pain is going to be a part of your prize, a part of your product. I challenge you to push yourself.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Can you honestly say the environment(s) you are in will yield the kind of harvest you are expecting?”

“Success is not for the weak and uncommitted… Sometimes it’s gonna hurt!”

“But your cell phone is more important to you than your success. Some of you need to give up your cell phone! Because the time you spend on your cell phone could be used for your success.”

“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.”

“The only way to get out of mediocrity is to keep shooting for excellence.”

“Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep!”

“Stop the blame game. Stop! Stop looking out the window and look in the mirror!”

“You can get through this. You are bigger than your pain, don’t give up don’t give in”

“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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“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.”

“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!”

“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.”

“Success, meaningful success, begins when we take ownership and actively take responsibility for our part in the shortcomings of our life.”

“Don’t cry to quit! You already in pain, you already hurt! Get a reward from it!”

“The most important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you will become!”

“All men are created equal some work harder in preseason.”

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