Eric Thomas – From Rags to Riches

Eric ThomasBest known as an American motivational speaker, Eric Thomas is also a noted author and minister. Thomas has inspired millions of people through his skill of motivational speaking. He is one of the most widely viewed motivational speakers on YouTube and is a reason for bringing about positive changes in the life of several people across the globe.

Was Thomas always this blessed and talented? The answer is no, not even half as much. He literally dragged himself from rags to riches and has become one of the most recognised faces on the internet. How? Let us take you through his interesting life journey to motivate you to take charge of your life and believe that nothing is impossible.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, on 3rd of September 1970, Thomas spent most part of his childhood in Detroit Michigan. His relationship with his parents was not very cordial. He often indulged in arguments with them on different issues. He finally left home when he was in high school following arguments with his parents. He also dropped out of high school. At that point in life, Thomas actually pulled through a hard time. He had left his studies and was homeless. He lived on the streets of Detroit for almost two years clueless about how to take things further. He did not have any financial support and was not willing to return home.

During this time, Thomas met a preacher whose preaching proved to be life-changing for the young homeless lad. This noble preacher inspired Thomas to complete his studies and do something for the society. He went back to school to complete his studies and later joined a college. It took 12 years for Thomas to complete his undergraduate program. He finally received his degree in the year 2001. During this time he also met a beautiful young girl, De-De Mosley. The two fell in love and married. They moved to Huntsville, Albama post marriage. Here he also began helping underprivileged youth by setting up a program

Thomas, who was once all shattered and clueless about his own life, had by now become someone who was a source of inspiration for the people around him. He was making efforts to inspire the youth to take their life in the right direction. In 2003, he became an academic adviser at the Michigan State University and helped the disadvantaged students. He also got the chance to take up fellowship to attend the University for the completion of his post graduate degree. He did his Master’s in K-12 Administration with specialization in Educational Leadership.

He designed an undergraduate retention program at MSU that targeted academically high risk students of colour. He also worked as a senior pastor at A Place of Change Ministries in Lansing, Michigan. He completed his post graduation in 2005 and PhD in Education Administration in 2015. After successfully motivating several youths through his motivational speaking, Thomas decided to set up a company to provide education related counselling, executive coaching and athletic development to help more and more youths by emphasizing the importance of education and sports.

Here are few of Eric Thomas’ motivational quotes:

  • When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.
  • It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not.
  • Don’t make a habit of choosing what feels good over what’s actually good for you.
  • You are the executive director and screenwriter of your life.
  • Avoid being your own enemy.

While his story should be inspiring enough, you must go ahead and listen to few of his motivational speeches to get inspired to aim high and achieve more in life.

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