Eric Thomas, who’s also known to many as ET or the hip hop preacher, is a world-renowned motivational speaker, author, and educator who’s powerful message and no-nonsense approach to success and personal responsibility has inspired and awakened hundreds of millions of people all over the world. Having once been homeless and living out of abandoned buildings due to bad decisions he made, to then turning his life around and creating an inspired life for himself, ET knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity, exceeding expectations, and achieving success, which is why we’ve pulled together this collection of Eric Thomas quotes.

“Stop Whining, Start Grinding.”

– eric thomas –

Our hope is that these quotes will give you a better understanding on exactly what it takes to turn your life around, take responsibility for your circumstances, and start creating the life you deserve to live. But more importantly, we hope these quotes empower and motivate you to reach for your most cherished aims and unlock your greatness.

So, if you’re ready to be inspired to unleash your own potential, then let’s dive right into the highly motivational Eric Thomas quotes:


Best Eric Thomas Motivational Quotes For Success

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

2. “You either do what is hard and succeed or do what is easy and live in mediocrity.” – Eric Thomas

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

4. “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

5. “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!” – Eric Thomas

6. “All roads that lead to success have to pass through hardwork boulevard.” – Eric Thomas

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

8. “Everybody wants to be a beast until it’s time to do what beasts do.” – Eric Thomas

9. “Look in the mirror, that’s your competition.” – Eric Thomas

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

11. “Be stronger than your excuses. At the end of pain is success.” – Eric Thomas

12. “The most important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what you are, for what you will become.” – Eric Thomas

13. “Stop looking for permission to pursue your dreams! They are your dreams and you don’t need a co-signer to chase them.” – Eric Thomas

14. “I dare you to be great. I challenge you to be great in every single thing that you do.” – Eric Thomas

15. “People with good intentions make promises. But people with good character keep them.” – Eric Thomas

16. “You will never 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 you 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.” – Eric Thomas

17. “I’ve got a dream that is worth more than my sleep.” – Eric Thomas

18. “The only person that remembers the dude that came in second place, is the dude that came in second place!” – Eric Thomas

19. “I do not take constructive criticism from people who have never constructed anything.” – Eric Thomas

20. “Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.” – Eric Thomas

21. “You wanna shine like a diamond you gotta get cut like a diamond.” – Eric Thomas

22.Success is not for the weak and uncommitted, sometimes it’s gonna hurt.” – Eric Thomas

23. “To get to that next level, you gotta learn to get uncomfortable being uncomfortable.” – Eric Thomas

24. “We all have the ability to create greatness in our lives.” – Eric Thomas

25. “No alarm clock needed, my passion wakes me up.” – Eric Thomas

26. “Some days are harder than others to get up early and grind, but I’d much rather suffer a little today than struggle the rest of my life.” – Eric Thomas

27.God has a purpose for your pain, a reason for your struggles and a reward for your faithfulness. Don’t give up.” – Eric Thomas

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

29. “Greatness 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.” – Eric Thomas

30. “I use pain to push me to greatness.” – Eric Thomas

31. “If you only have 24 hours in a day, your success is dependent upon how you use the 24.” – Eric Thomas

32. “I’m gonna make the rest of my life, the best of my life.” – Eric Thomas

33. “Everybody has a dream, but not everybody has a grind.” – Eric Thomas

34. “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 will takes its place. If I quit however, it will last forever.” – Eric Thomas

35. “Don’t be upset with the result you didn’t get from the work you didn’t do.” – Eric Thomas

36. “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanence.” – Eric Thomas

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

38. “You cannot afford to live in potential for the rest of your life. At some point, you have to unleash the potential and make your move.” – Eric Thomas

39. “The difference between those who succeed and fail: not taking advantage of opportunities.” – Eric Thomas

40. “Stop whining, start grinding.” – Eric Thomas

41. “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!” – Eric Thomas

42. “I’m not the smartest. But you will not out work me! I wake up every morning at 3 o’clock!” – Eric Thomas

43. “When you feel like you’ve given all you’ve got! You gotta take one more step!” – Eric Thomas

44. “Stop whining. You’re not a victim. You’re a victor.” – Eric Thomas

45. “When all your energy gone! When you have nothing left! That’s when it’s show time!” – Eric Thomas

46.  “Take advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime, in the lifetime of the opportunity!” – Eric Thomas

47. “If you still alive, you not done everything you could do. If you still alive, there’s still room for growth.” – Eric Thomas

48. “Without struggle, there is no progress. Embrace the struggle, and remember that a setback, is a setup for a comeback.” – Eric Thomas

49. “The world does not conspire against you. You conspire against you. It’s you versus you.”

50. “You can’t defeat your demons if you’re still enjoying their company.” – Eric Thomas

51. “A person who has nothing to lose will help you lose everything you ever worked for.” – Eric Thomas

52. “Someone took that same situation you’ve been complaining about and won with it.” – Eric Thomas

53. “Keep grinding! Stay persistent! One day you gonna wake up and be exactly where you dreamed you would be.” – Eric Thomas

54. “I dare you to try to shortcut success! It’s not going to happen! There are no shortcuts to success!” – Eric Thomas

55. “I realized the secret to success is finishing! And not just finishing, but finishing strong!” – Eric Thomas

56. “Stop holding people to higher expectations than you have for yourself.” – Eric Thomas

57. “You can’t expect someone to do something for you or with you that you’re not even willing to do for yourself.” – Eric Thomas

58. “Don’t look back — You’re not going that way.” – Eric Thomas

59. “One of the blueprint’s to success is you gotta have a sense of urgency.” – Eric Thomas

60. “The goal is to win not to look like you’re winning.” – Eric Thomas

61. “Freedom begins the moment you realize someone else has been writing your story and it’s time you took the pan from his hand and started writing it yourself.” – Eric Thomas

62. “You will not experience all life has to offer you or begin to experience life at its fullest as long as you are satisfied with mediocrity.” – Eric Thomas

63. “Mediocrity = average, and you can’t live like the 1% being average! Stop selling yourself short and push yourself every single day.” – Eric Thomas

65. “It only takes one person to make a dream become a reality. And that’s you.” – Eric Thomas

66. “If you are capable of doing more, do more!” – Eric Thomas

67. “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.” – Eric Thomas

68. “You are the executive director and screenwriter of your life.” – Eric Thomas

69. “Every day I wake up and I am who I say I am and I get what I get because I stay in beast mode.” – Eric Thomas

70. “Be phenomenal or be forgotten.” – Eric Thomas

71. “If you’re not willing to approach it with all you got, don’t approach it all.” – Eric Thomas

72. “Your value increases as your ability to execute increases. Kingdoms, dynasty’s, and legacies aren’t established through lip service. Say less. Do more!” – Eric Thomas

73. “It’s not too late but if you keep procrastinating it’s about to be too late.” – Eric Thomas

74. “Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” – Eric Thomas

75. “Never settle. Don’t be a champion for a day. Be a champion for the rest of your life.” – Eric Thomas

Bonus Eric Thomas Quote

Bonus: Alright, here is one of our favorite Eric Thomas quotes. We added it as bonus, because we stand behind it 100%.

“Don’t Accept The World That’s Been Given To You, Create Your Own.”

– eric thomas –


Great job making it to the end of these highly motivational Eric Thomas quotes. We hope they both fired you up and got you inspired and wanting to start making moves on your big goals and dreams.

Sometimes, all it takes to turn our lives around is one great word, a powerful quote, or a small nudge in the right direction. That said, if you haven’t achieved all of your dreams, keep grinding.

Till you reach your aims,


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