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30 Motivational Eric Thomas Quotes

Dan Western



30 Motivational Eric Thomas Quotes

Eric Thomas is a true legend of motivation.

He’s gone from being homeless, to working incredibly hard in order to become successful. After his period of homelessness, he picked himself up, went back to school and finally got his GED.

He’s now moved into the world of motivational speaking, and if you’re looking for motivation, Eric Thomas is someone you should definitely be following. You may have noticed I’ve mentioned him a couple of times on Wealthy Gorilla before.

E.T’s quotes are incredibly inspiring, and so are his videos and speeches on YouTube. I recommend you check out his YouTube channel if you haven’t done so already.

Buy Eric Thomas’s latest book on Amazon: The Grind: The New Handbook For Success

Here are 30 of the most amazing and powerful Eric Thomas quotes:


30 Motivational Eric Thomas Quotes

1. “Only those who risk going too far, can possible find out how far one can go.” – Eric Thomas

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

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

4. “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” – Eric Thomas

5. “At some point in life you have to face your fears.” – Eric Thomas

6. “You can’t sleep. Broke people sleep. You got to be willing to sacrifice sleep, if you sleep you may miss the opportunity to be successful.” – Eric Thomas

7. “Success is not for the weak and uncommitted… Sometimes it’s gonna hurt!” – Eric Thomas


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8. “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

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9. “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

10. “I wanted to surround myself with the kind of people who could help me turn my life around; people whom I could rub up against like iron and be sharpened.” – Eric Thomas

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

12. “If you’re not where you are, if you’re not where you want to be, if you don’t have what you want to have. If you’re not where you think you should be at this particular place. It has nothing to do with the system, but it has everything to do with the fact that you’re not making the sacrifice.” – Eric Thomas

13. “You will never ever 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 your 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

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


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15. “Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep!” – Eric Thomas

16. “I learned that a real friendship is not about what you can get, but what you can give. Real friendship is about making sacrifices and investing in people to help them improve their lives.” – Eric Thomas

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

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

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19. “Success 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

20. “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! Consistency!” – Eric Thomas

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

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

23. “You can’t cheat the grind, it knows hows much you’ve invested, it won’t give you nothing you haven’t worked for.” – Eric Thomas


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24. “You ain’t average! But you know what? You’re playing small because it’s easier to be average.” – Eric Thomas


25. “When you’re great! You attract great! When you’re average! You attract average.” – Eric Thomas

26. “I’ve been trying to tell y’all, its’s not your circumstances or situation, that determines if you gonna be successful or not. I’ve been telling you it’s your mindset! It’s the way you see it. It’s the way you think it right!” – Eric Thomas

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

28. “Stop the blame game. Stop! Stop looking out the window and look in the mirror!” – Eric Thomas

29. “If you’re going to go to your next level, your values are going to have to change.” – Eric Thomas

30. “No alarm clock needed. My passion wakes me.” – Eric Thomas



If you liked these inspiring Eric Thomas quotes, then definitely check out these quotes from Les Brown, another amazing motivational speaker!

Which are your favorite Eric Thomas quotes? Leave a comment below.

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance and investment for the last 7 years, whilst traveling the world and being able to call Bali, Indonesia, his HQ. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing self-development sites in the world; with over 160 million views worldwide, and more than 200,000 followers on social media. Dan's mission is simply, to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up."



  1. Lawrence Berry

    Dec 1, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Eric Thomas is a great man and a great motivator. I have listened to alot of his speeches and the passion in his voice moves me at my core. These are some great motivational quotes you have given here. I particular love his famous quote “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” It powerful because it tells you that in order to reach the type of success that we want, we have to focus and let go of the distractions.

  2. Ash

    Jun 19, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Eric thomas really a great motivatior.

    • Dan Western

      Jun 22, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Tell me about it Ash! I can’t get enough of ET baby!

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