Success: You Have to Want It As Bad As You Want To Breathe

Eric Thomas asks you how dedicated you are to achieving your dream

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Secret to Success: Author Eric Thomas (Courtesy of subject)


Many people have heard me preach this message over the last few years yet, not many people truly understand the essence of the quote. It is not just a catchy phrase that inspires you for a moment and then wears off later as you move throughout your day. It is, in fact, a way of life.

I am what you would consider an underdog. Growing up homeless and fatherless in the streets of Detroit, Michigan is generally not considered to be an environment that lends itself to being a successful businessman. In fact, that environment doesn’t lend itself to being successful in much of anything. Unless of course, one was to use those harsh conditions as motivation to ensure that no one else in his or her family lineage will ever have to experience a similar upbringing. Herein lays my “why”.  This is why I want to be successful as bad as I want to breathe.

Now, I ask you, why do you do what you do? Why do you wake up in the morning? Why do you go to work every day? If you are unsure of the answer, chances are you are going to have a tough time making it in business. The business world is rancorous and can often leave you feeling flustered and defeated. It is in times like these that your “why” must kick in and breathe new life back into your soul. That feeling of, no matter how many times I fail, I will ultimately succeed because my “why” is depending on me whole heartedly.

So I encourage anyone aspiring to start a business, to be successful in their career or to be successful in life to first find their “why”. Your “why” will keep you honest, resilient, determined, and ultimately lead you to unimaginable heights.

Eric Thomas is the author of The Secret to Success and owner of Eric Thomas and Associates, LLC. For more information, visit

  • Tamarray

    I have been following now for over a year & can honestly say you have changed my life. Whether you’re pursuing a traditional or non traditional dream, anyone can benefit from what you have to say. Continue doing what you do! God bless. Can’t wait to meet you some day! 🙂

  • Angelpr

    Great article, keep going!!!! : ) THANKS

  • Dreamsdiary

    This post is right up my alley! I have a blog about successful people! The process it takes to become successful is so interesting! Check out my posts at

  • Gabriel Hamilton

    I enjoyed reading your article ET and also enjoy your other works. They have truly been an inspiration to me. Thank you so much for sharing your special gift with the world and always looking for new and creative ways to get information out to us. We truely appreciate it.

  • Mo Parker

    ET you are a blessing to more people than you know and you are a true inspiration to all those that need guidance and encouragement thank you for sharing yourself with the world

  • Kristy Smith

    Awesome as usual!!! 🙂

  • JD Smith

    ET is my life coach and have been for almost a year now. I follow everything he post from tweets, youtube videos, quotes on his app, TGIM..EVERYTHING. He’s great. Changed my life forever.

  • Janet Rodriguez

    You are a true inspiration! Figuring out the “why” will ensure that I, along with everyone else, stay on track and working hard to accomplish our goals. In your own words: “It’s past possible”. Thank you, ET!

  • Mia Hall

    Love ET’s videos and had several of my students watch them throughout the year. People young and old from any cultural can draw knowledge and inspiration from him. Keep elevating!

  • Not a surprise that the article was top shelf. If you are just reading about ET, you have been living under a rock! 🙂 Much Love E.

  • Vaughn Edmeade

    A word from ET is always timely and effective, he’s changed my life’s outlook.

  • Takatso Molekane

    “That’s deep”. Thak you Dr E. Thomas, you taught me something very useful, I watched your videos After I lost my Grandma who was my legal gurdian on the 16th of June 2012. Im studying 2nd year in BSc Mathemaical Statistics at University of Pretoria (South Africa). After my granny’s funeral I wanted 2 quit school but after I heard you say I must embrace the pain… Guess what!! Im back on track, even though I cry every night.. Thank you for helping me…

  • Thank you for changing my life forever ,
    We love you E.T.

  • Colin

    Our “why” gives us our “how”!
    Colin from Ireland

  • Broad Ideas for the Weak

    This is just a vague statement that could apply to anyone. It will only make the weak minded feel good and think that he is talking to them. That is his secret to success. It’s a good plan considering all the positive comments from suckers who will buy his product.