When You Want to Succeed As Bad As You Want to Breathe, Then You’ll Be Successful with Eric Thomas


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If you feel like the obstacles in between you and your greatness are too big to overcome, listen up.

Put yourself in these shoes: your mom gives birth to you at 17, you never meet your father, you drop out of high school, and are homeless as a young man.

But despite this, you go to college (even though it takes you 12 years to get through your degree), then you build your own business, become a world-class speaker, and finish your PhD at age 44.

Yes, this is a true story, and today’s guest on The School of Greatness is the main character.

Eric Thomas, aka the Hip Hop Preacher, is a true example of greatness in action.

You may have heard his voice on a YouTube video giving a now world-famous speech with the line, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.”

We cover a lot including his thoughts on education, the power of executing your plans, how mentors influence your path, and the potential of hard work and focus.

Welcome to Episode 121 with Hip Hop Preacher Eric Thomas.

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“I’ve got average skill but I have phenomenal will.”

Some questions I ask:

  • Why is accountability so important to you?
  • Why are you so committed to excellence and greatness in your own life?
  • How important is having mentors and coaches throughout your life?
  • What are 3 big mistakes entrepreneurs make?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

“You can’t scoreboard watch and play the game at the same time.”

  • The difference between degrees and education
  • How purpose can help you find your passion
  • Our gifts and talents do not perfect and hone themselves (we have to do this!)
  • In every 24 hours, we can either break our life or make our life
  • Why he gets up at 3 am every day

“Innovation is rewarded. Execution is worshipped.” – Dan Gilbert

  • How he sets up boundaries for his work time
  • Why your content will be stronger if you disconnect from all distractions daily
  • How execution is the heart of your business – if it stops, your business dies
  • The story behind why his son graduating from high school is his greatest accomplishment
  • Why most companies don’t make it past 3 years
  • The power of the discipline to wait
  • Plus much more…

“Success is accomplishing what you say you are going to accomplish.”


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