71 Inspiring Quotes from Eric Thomas and The Secrets to Success

by Parin

The Secrets to Success: When You Want to Succeed As Bad As You Want To Breathe by Eric Thomas (ET The Hip Hop Preacher)

The Secrets to Success: When You Want to Succeed As Bad As You Want To Breathe by Eric Thomas (ET The Hip Hop Preacher)

Last weekend we officially crossed 200 quotes from Eric Thomas here at ET Quotes – 30+ of those which were from ET’s The Secrets to Success Autobiography.

And like I mentioned in that post, I still had more quotes to add – and add more I did! :)

I collected 71 inspiring quotes from ET’s autobiography when I read the book last year, and they’re all now available here at ET Quotes so you can not only be inspired, but also remind yourself of some key lessons from ET’s story and also share the inspiration with others.

The Secrets to Success is an inspiring story that gives us a glimpse of the adversity ET faced growing up as a homeless high school dropout in Detroit. It’s a story of pain, sacrifice, hope, trust, setback, faith and perseverance.

I especially like how real ET was in the book – he didn’t sugar coat anything, and really shared not only the external challenges he faced, but also the internal challenges he had to overcome, as he came to the realization that change ultimately starts from within. And once he understood that, and the power of faith, there was no looking back.

So go ahead and browse the quotes from The Secrets to Success and let me know which quote and message is your favorite.

I’m sure there are more quotes from the book that I’ve missed, so I’d love to hear your favorite quotes and messages from book as well. In fact, you can email me here and I’ll add them to the collection (just let me know what page number the quote is from as well so I can properly source it).

Here are 15 of my favorite quotes from the 71 I collected.

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
– Leo Tolstoy,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 4: Change Starts with You

Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what’s actually good for you.
– Eric Thomas,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 4: Change Starts with You

You are the executive director and screenwriter of your life.
– Eric Thomas,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 5: Where Do I Start?

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.
– Eric Thomas,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 5: Where Do I Start?

A year from now you may wish you had started today.
– Karen Lamb,
 The Secrets to Success, Chapter 6: When I Move, You Move 

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.
– Eric Thomas,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 6: When I Move, You Move

Things change for the better when we take responsibility for our own thoughts, decisions and actions.
– Eric Thomas,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 6: When I Move, You Move

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
– Peter Marshall,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 7: Go Where You’re Celebrated

Stop sabotaging yourself.
– Eric Thomas,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 8: Momentum is Promiscuous

At some point in life you have to face your fears.
– Eric Thomas,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 9: Enough is Enough

Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.
– Hamilton Holt,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 11: You should have put a ring on it

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.
– Eric Thomas,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 11: You should have put a ring on it

Never underestimate the importance of the beginning. The beginning has the seeds of everything else to come. Started a G.E.D. program in the hood and the rest was history.
– Eric Thomas,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 14: P.U.S.H. (Push Until Something Happens)

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.
– Eric Thomas,
The Secrets to Success, Chapter 18: If I Could Be Like Mike

We all have the ability to produce greatness in our lives.
– Eric Thomas,
The Secrets to Success, Epilogue

Have you read The Secrets to Success?

Share your favorite quotes and messages from The Secrets to Success in the comments below.

And if I missed any quotes, feel free to email me here and I’ll add them to the collection.

  • Nay

    People just dont know how big of an impact this man has had in my life. Everytime i feel like giving up i just listen to his speech !!

    • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com Parin Patel

      That’s awesome Nay! ET has inspired so many around the globe. His energy and passion is contagious. So what’s the #1 lesson you’ve learned from ET so far? And have you read the book?

    • Faical

      I do the same too, he keeps me motivated. ET it the best.

      • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com/ Parin Patel

        Love that man! That speech is never gonna get old!

    • dali lama

      hallo, rimon! what are doing, friend? are you in to the habidi huboidi hop, or whatever you kids call it today? i’d like to take on you tutsiroll. please give it to me from the back. i like your strong arms and your hairy beard. please give to me. yuor mustche makes me want to eat you up, big booi! your brown skin is like a burger after dark. my people, the halal, is very fond off your kind. the indians are cool becuase of the addiction to cows (KAOS). please don’t bring any more bombs to my country. i will hunt down, motherbitch! see you in hell, faggotfuck.

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  • Gen

    E.t. Changed my life

    • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com Parin Patel

      Yeah. ET’s story is so powerful! And he is such a powerful speaker! You can feel the pain he went through to get to where he is today. What’s the most powerful message from ET that has affected you? And how has it changed your life?

  • jordan

    Eric Thomas is the man right now. He reminded me of why hard work is good for the soul and how every mile walked is worth the end result.

    Now, in this comment I was going to write ‘if you like Eric Thomas I suggest you watch this video…’, but Instead I will say… If you feel like getting psyched up, if you feel like you’ve had enough of sleeping in or if you have had enough of spending your nights wasting away in front of the television/computer screen then I suggest you watch this video of Mr Thomas! It changed my life! I guarantee it will impact yours.



    • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com Parin Patel

      Thanks Jordan! Love the Secrets to Success video – it’s the first video of ET that I watched, and since then I’ve been hooked.

      I’ve shared some my favorite quotes from the Secrets to Success Video here – what’s your key take away from it?


      And I agree, he’s reminded us all of true power of hard work, and how nothing worth having comes easy.

      Here’s to making the most of each, and every, moment we have!

  • GP13

    I feel like I’m late as far as being reached but the effect that the book has had is unmeasured. It feels good to know that someone has the will to share steps that teach us how to understand the world and in a way guide ourselves to greatness. When he speaks of environment and relates it to harvesting a grarden or a crop. I can’t express the appreciation of his truth.

    • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com Parin Patel

      I agree @GP13 – it’s so good to see people like ET share their life lessons with the rest of us. The best we can move forward, is not only by learning about ourselves, but learning from others as well. And I’m glad to see that ET’s story and message is having such a positive impact on your life!

      Here’s to making the rest of your life, the best of your life!

  • Mikyle Jessn

    ET- I am a business owner from Chicago who started at zero and built my company to over 1M in sales per year through hard work, persistence, and unbreakable dedication. More people need a leader like you and to hear your story. E+E tells it all. ENERGY + EFFORT!!!

    -Mikyle Jessen
    Gould Capital Corporation

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  • Rusi

    This man is genius ..!

    • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com Parin Patel

      Thanks for your comment and stopping by Rusi! ET is changing so many lives for the better right now – have you heard the mixtapes? What’s key message from ET has impacted your life the most?

  • Ntachiosa New Haven

    honestly you are a great speaker among other speakers and i wish to speak more or like you one day by God grace

    • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com/ Parin Patel

      I know! ET is such a passionate and energetic speaker! Love how genuine he is and the no BS approach he takes. Here’s wishing you success on your journey as a speaker as well.

  • Joeyates03

    I was homeless, relationship was down the drain, and didn’t have a job to wake up to. I first listened to ET about a year and a half ago and my mind set switched. Now I have a home with 3 bedrooms, married, and two jobs. I am competing for Rookie of the Year for the Behavioral Health department in Alaska and the Boys and Girls Club that I am director of, just became the Club of the Year in the state. My wife’s little sister moved in with us and now I am spreading the passion on to her. I have two CDs of his that we listen to while we clean the house, have to make sure the hospital corners are just right ;) and also have his book that I read on the down time.

    • Joeyates03

      Here is a link showing how our club became club of the year for the state of Alaska.


      • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com/ Parin Patel

        That’s awesome! Congratulations again Joseph! And thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com/ Parin Patel

      Congratulations on turning your life around Joseph!

      My favorite part of your comment is when you say “my mind set switched”. It truly comes down to our minds. How we think, and perceive, the world, and our current circumstances, has such a significant impact on we carry out our lives.

      So what video or track was it that had that affect on you a year and a half ago? And what was it that spurred you to action?

      And that’s awesome! Which CDs are you listening to?

      And congratulations on becoming Club of the Year! Keep inspiring the youth at the Club. They’re our future.

    • antoine Frage

      Congratulation ! Great decision

  • Matthew Bighoss Samborski

    Im a disabled vet, i was medically separated from the military after only 3 years of service for severe arthritis and ligament tears which deemed me undeployable as a mechanic and a cop. After feeling as if i had let down my country and my family and friends i started to get completely unhealthy. Both physically and mentally i was a loss, i wasnt the same man i was once before. I was not Strong willed and i constantly gave up on everything i did. It took me a couple years to figure out why those things happened to me and well when my daughter was born i figured it out it was because of her, god wanted me to be a father so i believe it was a blessing. Weighing in a 331 i decided to take back my life, i got my gym membership and well that was feb of 2012 today i am at 230 and almost where i want to be. Listening to eric Thomas helped me find my inner self once again, and i tell you what just by listening to him on youtube gave me hope and power to be who i am today. All my heroes have worn dog tags but Eric Thomas is also apart of that elite group. Thank you sir

    • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com/ Parin Patel

      Wow. Thanks for sharing your story Matthew. Love hearing stories like this!

      So glad to hear of the positive impact ET has had on your life! Congratulations on taking back control of your life and transforming it for the better!

      Like ET says, a setback is a setup for a comeback. And that’s speaking truth in your case as well!

  • Harsh

    I wish I could meet ET someday and thank him personally. I listened to his speech last year and couldn’t sleep for a couple of days. I’ve struggled to lose weight by giving up and looking for shortcuts all my life. I decided that this time even if I’d fall off a treadmill I’ll still reach my goal. In exactly 365 days I’ve lost 118lbs and feel like a new person all together. People around me ask me what in the world did I do to achieve something that many think impossible without diets, supplements and surgeries. I was consistent, patient, focussed and following my game plan. It was the only thing on my mind, every day, every hour, every minute and every second.Thank you ET for giving me this new life I’ve always dreamt of. I’m never going back.

    • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com/ Parin Patel

      Wow! Congratulations on your healthy transformation Harsh! I love hearing real success stories like this.

      It’s amazing what you can accomplish once you make up in your mind that no matter what, you will achieve it, and you just stay consistent with it day in, day out, no matter what comes your way.

      Was there a particular track on the mixtape? Or TGIM episode that you kept listening to, to keep you going?

    • April Walker

      Thank you for posting this. Your ‘gameplan’ and weight loss motivation is the reason I came on this site looking for his quotes. Maybe I can FINALLY stick to a game plan too

  • http://www.symphonyoflove.net/blog BK

    These are great quotes from the power man! First watched his video where he was giving a speech to a group of students like 2 months ago and it totally blew my mind away.

    • http://www.thegreatnessmind.com/ Parin Patel

      I love ET’s quotes to BK! Glad you appreciate them as well. Which video was it that you watched? Was it The Secrets to Success speech?

      • http://www.symphonyoflove.net/blog BK

        Hi Parin, pardon me for the super late reply. I’m not sure which video exactly … only remember he was speaking to a group of students and the video was about 14-16 minutes, if I still recall correctly.

  • Jake

    E.T. is one of my greatest heroes.

    I have a dream. I’m not ready to tell all of it yet.
    However it is something big.
    It’s hard, it’s so so really hard.
    Your speech E.T. was the very first one I ever heared.

    It was the very first time during my great Journey that I didn’ feel that alone anymore.
    I know that there are others out there like me.

    Listening to motivational speeches, are the only time of the day that I don’t feel that alone. I can do it. I wish I was allready on your level. Yet I’m still too weak, however I keep trying untill I get there. One day, will be my day. Thank you E.T.

    At least there is most certainly one that knows how I feel and shares my road.
    I will chase my dream. Greatness is upon us.

    It doesn’t matter if anyone else won’t believe it.
    I believe it. And that enough for me to go for it.
    Just me.

    • Hammer199

      Jake you are definitely not alone my man! I feel exactly the same way about still being to weak. I am not a weak person but like ET said ” life just got up and punched me right in my face”. I am in great debt and in fear of losing my business and my house but I have a wife and 2 beautiful kids who depend on me and I will not let them down. They are my WHY! Eric Thomas is an unbelievable movitator and I will not stop until I achieve greatness! I am making changes everyday but still struggle on being where I want to be but I never have lost faith in myself. Don’t ever give up and making even small changes everyday is one step closer to your dreams.You can do it Jake and so can I. Keep listening to ET and the switch is bound to go off!

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    now thats so good =D

  • Tre

    I’m a MMA fighther & I listen to his speech everytime before I fight. I can’t wait to read the book!!

    • thedude

      yeah me too, I’m a MMA fighter

  • Luzuko Mangele Dyaloyi

    ET is the best

  • Siddharth Bhatnagar

    ET is genius… Everytime i think of my Goal in life… it’s kind of tough for me to imagine as to how i’m going to achive it.Then i watch ET giving such great speech that creates an adrenaline effect in my body and Day by day i’m getting confident as well because whatever he says is so real and practical.
    Hats Off… wish i can meet you… in person

    (One of your Fan)

    Siddharth Bhatnagar


  • Dan

    ET Changed my life. I found him on you tube at the begining of 2013 i swore to myself on new years eve i would change my life or die. I worked really hard for about 8 months then i slipped back in to my old ways because everything was going my way, im still riding a bit on the hard work of those 8 months but things ain’t going so good anymore and i can’t seem to pick myself back up to that level. Any advice for someone like me?

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