Eric D. Thomas also is known as ET The Hip Hop Preacher is an American motivational speaker, author and minister. He’s been called upon by professional sports teams in the NBA, NFL and MLB, to help inspire, motivate and energize elite athletes to perform at the highest level. And he’s also spoken to several colleges, schools and companies with the same mission in mind.

Here is the Transcript from the Eric Thomas Motivational Speech.


1.Invest in yourself

2. When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”

‘There was a young man who, you know,

He 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’re on.”

And so The Guru said,

“If you wanna be on the same level I’m on,

I’ll meet tomorrow,

At the beach, at 4 AM.”

He’s like,

“The beach?

I said I wanna make money. I don’t wanna swim.”

Guru said,

“If you wanna make money,

I’ll meet you tomorrow. 4 AM.”

So the young man got there 4 AM.

He all ready to rock n’ roll.

Got on a suit.

Should have worn shorts.

The old man grabs his hand and said,

“How bad do you wanna be successful?”

He said, “Real bad”.

[The Guru] He said, “Walk on out in the water.”

So he walks out into the water.

Watch this.

When he walks out into the water it goes waist deep.

So he’s like,

“This guy crazy.

I wanna make money and he got me out here swimming.

I didn’t ask to be a lifeguard.

I wanna make money.”

So he [The Guru] said, “Come out a little further.”

[He] 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 [The Guru] said,

“Come on out a little further.”

He came out a little further,

It was right at his mouth,

My man like,

“I’m not about to go back in.

This guy out of his mind.”

So the old man said,

“I thought you said you wanted to be successful?”

He said, “I do.”

He [The Guru] said, “Walk a little further.”

He came,

Dropped his head in,

Held him down,

Hold him down,

My man getting scratchy,

Holding him down,

He [The Guru] had him held down,

Just before my man was about to pass out,

He [The Guru] raised him up.

He [The Guru] said, “I got a question for you.”

He [The Guru] said, “When you were underwater, what did you want to do?”

He said, “I wanted to breathe.”

He [The Guru] told the guy; He [The Guru] said,

“When you want to succeed,

As bad as you want to breathe,

Then you’ll be successful.”

3. I’m here to tell you,

Number one,

That most of you say you want to be successful,

But you don’t want it bad,

You just kinda want it.

You don’t want it badder than you wanna 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 to sleep!

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Great Short Motivational Video for anyone in pain.
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