From Detroit Michigan, motivational speaker Eric Thomas's has diligently posted his motivational thoughts and words on Youtube videos for the past several years.
Using his own personal life as an example for how others should grind and work extremely hard to be successful in turning negative life situations around to achieve your goals Eric's career skyrocketed after "accidentally" posting one of the speeches he made which mentoring and teaching his high school student study group.
Once posted, this video became a worldwide phenomenon taking on a life of its own and garnering Eric millions of followers.
I posted the transcript of his famous motivational thoughts and words in his "When You Want To Succeed as Much As You Want To Breathe, Then You'll Be Successful" speech below.
There was a young man, you know, who wanted to make a lot of money and so he went to this guru, right.
And he told the guru you know I wanna be on the same level you are and the guru said if you wanna be on the same level I’m on, I’ll met you tomorrow at the beach.
So the young man got there 4 A.M. he already to rock n’ roll.
Got on a suit should of wore shorts.
The old man grabs his hand and said:
How bad do you wanna be successful?
He said: “Real bad”.
He said: Walk on out in the water.
So he walks out into the water. Watch this.
When he walks out to the water
he goes waist deep and goes like this guy crazy.
Hey I wanna make money and he got me out here swimming.
I didn’t ask to be a lifeguard.
I wanna make money he got me in so he said come on a little further walked out a little further
then he had it right around this area the shoulder area so this old man crazy he making money but he crazy.
So he said come on out a little further
came out a little further, it was right at his mouth my man, I’m not about to go back in this guy is out of his mind.
And the old man said:
“I thought you said you wanted to be successful?”
He said: “I do.”
He said: “Then walk a little further.”
He came, dropped his head in, held him down,
hold him down, my man (kept scratching) hold him down, he had him held down,
just before my man was about to pass out,
he raised him up.
He said: “I got a question for you.”
He told the guy, he said:
“When you want to succeed as bad as
you wanna breathe than you will be successful.”
I don’t know how many of you all got asthma here today?
If you ever had a asthma attack before your short of breath S.O.B shortness of breath,
you wheezing (breath sound) the only thing
you trying to do is get some air.
You don’t care about no basketball game,
you don’t care about what’s on T.V.,
you don’t care about nobody calling you,
you don’t care about a party.
The only thing you care about when you trying to breathe is to get some fresh air.
And when you get to the point where all you wanna do is be is successful as bad as you wanna 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 as bad as you want to 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 love sleep more than you love success.
And I’m here to tell you today,
if you're going to be successful
you gotta be willing to give up sleep.
You gotta be willing to work with 3 hours of sleep, 2 hours of sleep, if you really wanna be successful.
Some day you're gonna have to stay up 3 days in a row.
Because if you go to sleep you might miss
the opportunity to be successful.
That’s how bad you gotta (inaudible).
You gotta go days without
LISTEN TO ME!
You gotta want to be successful so bad that you forget to eat.
once she was on the set doing her thang,
three days had gone by and she forgot that she didn’t eat. Cause she was engaged.
I never forget, I went, 50 Cent was doing his movie,
I did a little research on 50
and 50 said: that when he wasn’t do the movie he was doing the soundtrack. And when he wasn't doing the sound track he was doing the...
And they said: “When do you sleep, 50?”
and 50 said: “Sleep? Sleep is for those people who are broke. I don’t sleep. See I got an opportunity to make my dream become a reality.
Don’t cry to quits.
You already in pain, you already hurt.
Get a reward from it. Don’t go to sleep until you succeed.
Listen to me,
I’m here to tell you today you can come here and
and you can jump up – you can do flips and you can be excited when we give away money but listen to me,
you will never be successful,
I don’t have to give you a dime if you ...
You won’t be successful until you say I don’t need that money cause I got it in here.
Only The Strong Survive!