The Secret to Success by Eric Thomas

The Secret to Success by Eric Thomas pdf

Download The Secret to Success – The Secret to Success: Renown speaker, educator, author, activist and minister, Eric Thomas is rising to national prominence by delivering a high energy message that tells youth through first hand experience how to live up to their full potential and greatness and by breaking the cycles of crime, hopelessness and despair that many face daily. Known for his engagingly personal approach, his messages are both dynamic & inspiring.

When coupled with his own Cycle-Breaking experience his blunt essays on reality and remarkable ability to reach even the most jaded of minds, has helped thousands of youth nationwide become peak performers academically, spiritually and personally.

The Secret to Success

Eric has electrified audiences ranging from Fortune 500 companies to urban educators, collegiate athletic programs and inner-city youth development agencies with the message of his own life’s struggles and the principles, insights and strategies he used to overcome them. Eric is no stranger to the ills that plague our communities as he was born in Chicago, IL and raised on the streets of Detroit, MI. His childhood and adolescent years were difficult, and his life struggles and personal identity issues were intensified because like so many, he did not establish a relationship with his biological father until his early thirties.

Reviews – The Secret to Success

I read this book a few weeks back and just now had time to get to writing up a review. I have followed Eric Thomas for the last year watching and absorbing all his motivation via his YouTube channel. I am a fan of the TGIM feeding off his energy and enthusiasm for life.

I found a whole new level of profound respect for this leader while listening to his mixtape. I listen to his mixtape at least once a week when I head out for my training runs. A few of his speeches give me goosebumps.

It only made sense for me to read his book. I wanted to read about his journey and take away some key things that I can bring to my job as a teacher and a coach.

I found the book to be an easy read, but one that allowed me to take away some key passages. I have shared my Kindle notes below in case you don’t have access to a Kindle. If you do have a Kindle, then feel free to check out my notes yourself.

I found the book to be good. I took away many good things. I don’t know that any of it was new to me, but the way it was presented allowed for me to reflect and rethink some key ideas that I have not thought about in a while.

If you need a boost of motivation or need an example of someone making it from nothing, then you must follow Eric Thomas by reading his book, following his tweets, and watching his YouTube channel. This book is just one more weapon is his tool chest to spread his word.

You can tell by all my notes(check Kindle Notes) that I enjoyed the book. I highlighted 55 passages so that is telling you that you need to read this book.

I did have one issue and that was with the Kindle format. The format was not fluid. Some pages only had one letter. There were simple spelling and grammar errors. This was an issue with the content of the book, but the format. It drove me crazy and did screw with the flow. I don’t like interruptions and this bothered me from time to time.

Overall, this is a good read worth your time. It will not blow your mind, but the book will give an insight into where Eric came from. It you want to have your mind blown, then check out everything he offers online.


This is my first review for a book I’ve ever done. I’m not even done with this book (on Ch7) and I had to come write and review. I just wanted to start off and say we take our life’s for granted sometimes. Eric story is very touching and inspiring about what he went though in his life to his uprising. I first noticed Eric from this youtube video Secrets to Success […] which has almost 1 million views (between the first two parts) I’m sure others have seen this as well. It was not until recently I started watching his TGIM (Thank God it’s Monday) and TGIM (Thank God I’m Married) video series. Great motivation jump start to your Mondays and your marriage!

The book first starts off with what happen in his life at a young age and then talks about how he gain his motivation get get past his circumstances. There are principle points throughout the book starting on Ch 4 which are very great as well. Each principle have a story about Eric’s life that relates to each one. (Some of these will relate to your life) This is a must read for anyone and everyone regardless of your circumstances. It will give you motivation and make you rethink your choices in life for success.

Again, I’m only on Ch7 so far, and I will leave a longer review once I finish this book. I’ll tell you one thing…this is the first book I have ever read Ch 1 – 7 in little over an hour without stopping.

The Secret to Success – Acknowledgements

Special Thanks BTM and BTC family: Black, Tre, Byron and George Purnell, David Richardson, James, Eric Smith, Gilbert, Ian, Kelly, Rupert Thompson, Jamal, Mason West, Big Will, T. Black (Xist entertainment) Frank Dent, Sheldon Kay, The entire West End family, Rebecca Willis, Stonophia Burrows, Tracy Fitz, Trabee, Lydia Henderson, David Arrington, Derrick Williams, Tina Riley, Geraldine Malory. Special Thanks to The Detroit Center Church (Glenda Moseley for all your love and support, Pastor Phillip Willis and Sister Willis for your tough love, sister Burse, Elder Craig and King. Bethel Lansing for giving me my first assignment and A.P.O.C. Ministries for letting me be myself and realizing that some birds aren’t meant to be caged.The Secret to Success by Eric Thomas

Thanks for looking out: Shawn Crockwell (Bermuda Love), Patrick and Paul Graham, Marcus Flowers, Jeff Ross, Equa Epps, Gama(s) (Bernie, Bam Bam, Keaton, Al, Lonny, Shawn, Angelo & Byron Scott) and Maurice Gordon, Davion Fouche, the Graham crew (Camille, Dave, and Michele), and the Raw Dogs (Rodney Cooper, and Jeff Wilder). OC West Wings for life: Mo from the N.O. (New Orleans), Jeff Harley (Atlantic City), Gerald Pennick (L.A.), Christian (Oklahoma), Henry and Curtis (Birmingham). Educators: Henry Ford High Mrs. Nun Oakwood Elder Shan the Man, Dr. Barnes, Dr. Janice Johnson, Dr. Evelyon Johnson, Coach Roddy, Dr. and sister Paul, Trevor Frazier, President and first lady Baker, Deborah Fryson Michigan State University Rodney Patterson, Murray Edwards, Dr. Chris Dunbar, Dr. Bonita Curry, Dr. Lee June, Dr. Sonia Gunnings, Dr. Pero Dagbovie, Dr. Susan Printy and Dr. Nancy Coldflesh. And sincere thanks to All my Haters. Your negativity and criticism continues to push me and challenge me to reach new levels of greatness.

Table of Content

Foreword Dr. Lee N. June
Section I
The Struggle

  1. Boiling Point
  2. Sweet Little Lies
  3. I’m a Survivor
    Section II
    The Solution
  4. Change Starts With You
  5. Where Do I Start
  6. When I Move You Move
  7. Go Where You’re Celebrated Not Tolerated
  8. Momentum is Promiscuous: One day it’s with you, the next day
  9. Enough is Enough
    Section III
    The Secret 2 My Success
  10. A Different World
  11. Put a Ring on It
  12. What an Experience
  13. Enter to Learn Depart to Serve
  14. P.U.S.H (Push Until Something Happens)
  15. White Sands and Blue Water
  16. You Gotta Want It As Bad As You Wanna Breathe
  17. Careful What You Wish For
  18. If I Could Be Like Mike
  19. Don’t Cry Over spilled Milk. Wipe it Up and Pour Yourself Another
  20. Miracle Territory
  21. Homecoming
    Epilogue: Eric Thomas
    A Message From the Author
    Publisher’s Page
    Booking Eric Thomas
    Bring Home The Motivation

Foreword – The Secret to Success

This is an excellent book, written by a person with a profoundly relevant message. The message is inspirational, motivational, and timely. It is inspirational because it is a message of resiliency, hope, and success. It is motivational because it leads the reader to see that success is possible; that one can overcome odds; and that what appear to be setbacks can be building blocks. It is timely because there is a need today, and in all ages, for a message of hope for all, but particularly for our youth and aspiring high school and college students. I remember vividly meeting Mr. Thomas (Eric) when he first gave his presentation at Michigan State University. The presentation was well received and I said to myself- “This is a person with a message”. The message that day was one of honesty, hope, survival, resiliency and yes-motivational. So well received, he was invited back to campus numerous times. As I have come to know and respect Mr. Thomas over the years, I can now say that he is not just a motivational speaker, but someone with a life story that motivates. He walks the talk and practices what he “preaches”.The Secret to Success by Eric Thomas

I recommend this book to all. While autobiographical and gripping in the story it tells, it is also filled with success and life tips. This is what I really like about the book. The tips are born out of life experiences and presented in a way that is appealing, gripping, and educational. The book is a must read for those seeking inspiration and hope; for those looking for a tool to instill inspiration and hope; and for high school and college students who are aspiring for success in the midst of what seems like obstacles. It could also be used as part of a curriculum to teach much needed life skills and success principles. The Secret to Success by Eric Thomas

The book presents Mr. Thomas’ story only up to a certain point in his life. He continues to be a person of inspiration to many across the nation. I thank and congratulate him for this contribution via this book, and expect much more from him in the future. As it has been said- “To whom much is given, much is required”. To Mr. Thomas (Eric), much has been given and experienced, and thus it is required of you to share with us and to continue to walk in integrity. Lee N. June, Ph.D. Professor Michigan State University Formerly Served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Services and Associate Provost for Academic Student Services and Multicultural Issues.

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About the Author

ric Thomas is a loving father to his two children Jalin and Jada, and devout husband to wife DeDe of 24 years. A critically acclaimed author, world-renowned speaker, educator, pastor, and Audie Awards Finalist, ET as he is better known, has taken the world by storm with his creative style and high-energy messages. His words have already impacted millions of people in several hundred countries across the planet! His recent tours in Australia, London, and Africa have truly transformed him into a global phenomenon!

Drawing from his own personal experiences dealing with homelessness, not knowing his biological father, scholastic struggles, and various other obstacles, ET allows his life to be an “open book” from which radiates dynamic and inspiring messages that many people across all barriers relate to.

Not letting his scholastic struggles stop his growth, after 12 years, ET received his Bachelor’s degree and in 2005, a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University. Having already blazed a trail of community service initiatives such as his award nominated GED program, his critically acclaimed non-profit, Break the Cycle I Dare You, and a multitude of other educational and ministerial endeavors, Michigan State University is where he continued to pursue his passion to remedy the effects of adverse societal influences by developing the Advantage Program, an undergraduate retention program targeting high-risk college students. It is from
this platform that he initiated International Urban Education Consultants, a non-
profit committed to finding solutions to close the achievement gap in urban schools through goal framing and helping students to reform their perception of learning.

ET is currently a dissertation away from receiving his PhD in Education Administration. As a consultant of Michigan State University, ET is the epitome of hustle, drive, determination, and success and when coupled with a vision, millions of others have been able to unlock the secrets revealed in his award nominated autobiography, The Secret to Success, which has scaled the social media charts with over 50 million hits. Trailing closely behind his hit premiere release is his sophomore project, Greatness Is Upon You. Both titles can be found on the label of his publishing company, Eric Thomas and Associates Publications.

As CEO of his Consulting Firm, ETA LLC., Eric has led his team through the doors of dozens of Fortune 500 companies and other reputable organizations such as General Electric, Quicken Loans, AT&T, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance and UPS. He has also consulted for major Universities, sports teams, and affiliates such as the MLB, NBA, NFL, the University of Michigan, Duke, North Carolina, and dozens With Eric’s persistence of higher education, along with the knowledge of life’s pains, he truly is a living testament that “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” 

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