8 Eric Thomas Inspirational Quotes To Keep You Motivated


Eric Thomas is one of the best motivational speakers in the world today and has empowered many to live their best lives, including me. When I used to attend Michigan State University, Eric Thomas was a counselor and would do a program for the students called The Advantage.

This program was every Tuesday and it was founded to help students from a disadvantaged background to reach their full potential. I went faithfully in my beginning years of college and every time I attended, I could feel the passion and energy he filled the room with. He was great not only at relaying an inspiring message about his childhood or anything else, but in saying it in such a passionate way that would move you at your core.

Eric was would go on to pursue his passion in public speaking and build an empire when he quit his job as a counselor at Michigan State University and left the Advantage program in the hands of the students. He took the leap of faith and quit his well-salaried job only to become one of the greatest motivational speakers there is today. His work ethic, philosophies, and message continues to motivate and inspire. Here are 8 Eric Thomas inspirational quotes to keep you motivated.

 1) When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.

Success does not come easy especially in a world where there are so many distractions. When you can look past those distractions and focus immensely on what you want to accomplish, you will eventually succeed. Eric Thomas often refers to someone having and asthma attack. When someone is having an asthma attack, they only think about getting the air that they need to survive. They don’t care about the distractions in the world. So if you treat success like an asthma attack and focus on that instead of the distractions, you will become successful.

2) I use pain to push me to greatness.

We all go through some type of pain in our lives, but there are those people who let that pain break them or make them stronger. You have to be mentally strong and use the pain that you go through to fuel your drive and determination. Remember the pain that you have gone through, and strive to have to never go through it again.

3) 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 take its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.

When you are working out and you start to feel pain, or when you studying for the exam and you feel that you cannot take it mentally, that type of pain and stress will eventually go away once you reach your goal. But, if you quit at the moment you feel that pain or stress, you will never accomplish your end goal of losing weight or acing that exam. The pain that comes with not accomplishing your goals and dreams lasts forever.

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

Eating junk food, sitting on the couch watching t.v. for hours when you should be studying or going to the gym are things that may feel good to you, but something you know that you should not be doing. Get into the habit of choosing to do the things that will enhance your life and future, instead on momentary pleasure.

5) I’ve got dreams that is worth more than my sleep.

A lot of people choose to sleep in, getting that extra hour of sleep, rather than waking up and going after their dreams. They value sleep more than their dreams. When you can get to a place where you value your dreams even more than sleep, your life will begin to change.

6) Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanence.

You can never reach perfection, for it is an illusion, but you can reach excellence. Once you reach your personal excellence and do it long enough, you will be the one they talk about in history books and be named amongst the greatest people. Your name will be permanently instilled in history.

7) Everybody has a dream, but not everybody has a grind.

Don’t continue to dream about what you want. You have to go out and make it happen. You have to grind until your dreams become a reality.

8) Monday, I grind. Tuesday, I grind. Wednesday, I grind. Thursday, I grind. Friday, I grind. Saturday, I grind. Sunday, I grind. And, that’s why I’m here today.

There are no days off when it comes to reaching whatever dream or goal you want to reach. You have to do a little bit every day will help you become a little bit closer to accomplishing your goals. Eric Thomas is where he is today because he is willing to work more than the next person is.


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I am an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the founder of DreamsAre4Real.com. As a graduate from Michigan State University, for the past 4 years I have dedicated my life to personal development, studying what it takes to become successful, understanding psychology, and how to stay motivated in order to achieve anything in life. I believe and most certainly have a passion for reaching my full potential, and I want to inspire others to do the same.

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  1. Hi Lawrence

    Very inspirational quotes; specially I like No2 and 3 that have more powerful message. I appreciate the way you explained each quote for the further understanding of readers.

    Quotes have great role to keep people motivating and continue their struggle for the achievement of their goals and making their dreams come true.

    Thanks a lot for sharing such an inspirational post.

    Have a great day

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