Eric Thomas is a motivational speaker and educator for inspiring people to succeed and keep them motivated to continue doing whatever it is that makes them go. For those of you that watch some motivational videos whether it’s for life, the gym, school, or work – you might have heard him speak some of the best motivational lines that we know today.
I’m posting this mainly for myself to have easy access for when I want to watch it because I usually like to watch or listen to stuff like this on my way to the gym. It helps get me in the right mindset and gets me mentally ready. If a speech like this doesn’t make you want to get off the couch and do work, I don’t know what else will. The best thing about this particular speech is that it hits all aspects of life – so even if you don’t go to the gym or if you’ve never lifted a pound of iron, it still makes you want to do better in other aspects of your life. It makes you want to be a go-getter and that’s ultimately all that matters.
Take some time to watch it if you need a pick-me-up. I guarantee it will never get old.
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe – then you’ll be successful. The only thing you care about when you’re trying to breathe is to get some fresh air, and when you get to the point where all you want to do is be successful as bad as you want to breathe – then you’ll be successful. 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 as bad as you want to party, you don’t want it as bad as you want to be cool, you don’t want it as bad as you want to sleep. Some of you love sleep more than you love success – if you want to be successful, you gotta be willing to give up sleep. If you go to sleep, you might miss the opportunity to successful.”
“Don’t cry to give up, cry to keep going. Don’t cry to quit – you’re already in pain, you’re already hurt – get a reward from it.”
“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.”
Success is a very, very lonely road. Very few people are willing to make the sacrifices and take the pain to be successful. It’s an uphill battle and along that road, you’re not going to see too many friends. You’re going to see your shadow most often. You gotta trust in the heart of hearts – inside that what you’re doing, what you believe in is a worthy cause and a winnable fight. See, the thing is for many people – they’ve tried the same path that you’re on and they failed. As you walk this journey you’re going to see carcasses of people that walked this place. People that didn’t quite have it… And that should inspire you because you got further than that person and that person. But you’re not looking to get further than them, you’re looking to finish. But how do you know you’re on the right path? Where do you go to ensure that?
You talk to your neighbor? No, you don’t talk to him. You say “Hey man, I’m looking to lose some weight. I need some help”. He’s going to encourage you at first saying “Yeah you should, yeah you should” basically insulting your ass and your fat. It’s not support – it’s negative shit. So you start to lose some weight, take some of his advice, you start to get in shape a little bit – maybe at his level now. Then he’s going to start asking questions, his tones’ going to shift as you get better. Then he’s going to start talking shit because what happens is – your success is like a spotlight shining down on their missed opportunities.
Success – many will love you for it. The majority will hate you. Because your success makes them feel insufficient in their current endeavor. Reminds them of how they could’ve done it but came up short and didn’t revisit it, where they went at it and failed and didn’t revisit it again. The difference between a winner and a loser – the failure is there every time, but the winner gets back up and does it again and again until it goes his way. So now you’re on that path all alone… but how do you know you’re on the right path? How do you know what you’re doing is the right way? If you’re wondering if you’re on the right path – look at the small things in life. When you wash your car and you’re washing for a good hour and you put the hose and everything away and come outside to look at the job you did and notice a spot you missed – what do you do? Do you grab the hose and pull it all out and finish the job right or do you say “nah that’s good enough”? The thing about good enough is we don’t know about what good enough is. We don’t know until the nth hour, the final hour, when everything is on the line. That’s when we find out if that’s enough. And if we come up short – man doesn’t that suck?
I promise you guys if you never say “good enough”, tomorrow you will always have enough. It’s the character of who you are – it’s not the title that makes you, it’s not the success that makes you. It’s the character that defines the success and defines the fame and it starts right there. Championships aren’t won in the theater of the arena. They are won in the thousands of hours of training and the 5 AM runs in the rain when everyone else is sleeping. That’s where it’s won. The heart of a champion is a light switch that’s always on – it doesn’t go on and off when someone’s watching – it’s constant. It’s how you look at something if your name is attached to it – that you do it right – every single time. If you’re dusting your counter tops – do you dust around the picture frame? Or do you pick the mother fucker up and dust the entire thing? Do the job right or don’t do it at all. That’s the same person who has his hand raised on the podium. That’s the same mother fucker. How you hold yourself in the small things in life build the character winning blocks of the things that we’re remembered for. They are one and one of the same. How you hold yourself and how you see yourself – what do you do when no one’s watching? If you do it then, I guarantee you – you’ll be doing it when everyone is watching.
– Greg Plitt
When you find a fear, that fear will either create you or destroy you. I love fear. The reason why? Because behind every fear is the person you want to be. Fear is self imposed – meaning it doesn’t exist. You create it, and you can destroy it too.
If you’re not facing your fears you are not living. You’re not running the day – the day is running you. You’ll always be the servant – not the master.