10 Things You Need to Know About Eric (ET) Thomas

Updated: Nov 21, 2020


Eric Thomas also known as (ET) is a Hip-Hop Preacher, an author, and a motivational speaker. He was born on 3rd September 1970 in Chicago Illinois and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He was born to a single teenage mother and after various arguments with his mother, stepfather, and aunts, he dropped out of high school and lived homeless on the streets of Detroit for two years. While he was still in the streets, he met a minister who inspired him, and he successfully convinced him to return to school. He went back to attain his Bachelor’s degree from Oakwood University Huntsville, Alabama, where he also began preaching and working with at-risk youth.


After graduating, he got a job at Olive Garden on the West Side of Detroit. It was around this time that he met his wife De-De Mosley At Seventh-day Adventist Church. They were married as college students and they are still together.





In the year 2003, he got a job with Michigan State University to complete his master’s degree. He worked as an academic advisor to the less fortunate students at MSU. At MSU he came up with an undergraduate retention program known as Advantage. It was made to target the academically high-risk minority students. He attained his master’s degree from MSU and later in 2015, he obtained a Ph.D. in Education Administration.


Before the Internet turned him into an international sensation, he was trying to inspire single mothers and drug dealers to continue with their education and find a way out of the financial crisis. He founded a non-profit organization to further his aims of motivating the younger generation. YouTube turned him into a sensation when he uttered a memorable line during one of his speeches. He said,” When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe then you will be successful.” A tech-savvy student was recording his speech and he uploaded it to YouTube. The video went viral very quickly and it amazed more than 6 million people, turning Thomas into an overnight star. Ever since that time, he ensures that his Channel is flooded with his motivational talks. Thomas has given his motivational talks to professional athletes.




Most people enjoy and attend to Eric Thomas' speeches because he engages with his audiences. He spends the first 30-40 minutes giving lectures, then the rest of the time is a dialogue with them and giving room for questions. He does the motivational speaking not for making money but it is his mission and a purpose to motivate people in the Society.


He is also an author of books including;

  • The Secret to Success

  • Greatness is Upon You: Laying the Foundation

  • Average Skill Phenomenal Will

  • You Ain’t the Boss of Me


He doesn’t gauge his success by the number of YouTube views he would get, the number of books he would shift, or the number of dollars in his bank account. He measures his success by his followers when he gets stories of how people’s lives change because of his motivation.


The key tenants that underpin Eric’s philosophy are

  • The first one says that you are on borrowed time, so you need to make good use of it before it’s too late. The second one involves the idea of grasping every chance that’s handed to you.

  • The third one is identifying where your competitive edge is, and what you have that is unique from the others.

  • The fourth one reminds you to always remember that you are on trial, so you need to keep on proving yourself and you should never be self-satisfied.

  • The last one, you have to yearn for success like it’s something you can’t live without. When you do all the five philosophies, you will be in a position to take the opportunities that life has to offer.



Eric is worth $2.5 million and the major source of his health is from his YouTube videos which is ranked as the most viewed. He also earns from his books and as a motivational speaker. He does a voice-over on ESPN advertisements and he is also invited regularly to motivate the viewers on FOX News. Thomas is not only a YouTube star but also Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He has grabbed onto the power of social media and now he has millions of followers regularly.


The 10 rules for success that Eric believes

  1. Know what you want and take what you deserve.

  2. Never be afraid to open up to the world for you to be seen.

  3. Take responsibility for your life and stop using your circumstances as an excuse to justify why you aren’t working towards your goals.

  4. Your behaviors create your results and for a better result, you need to change your behavior.

  5. Always grow and educate yourself because education is the greatest equalizer for both those at the top and the bottom.

  6. If you want success you need to do what it takes to get there. Nothing in life comes free.

  7. You need to know why you are doing what you do for you to be successful.

  8. Make sure your time is spent wisely and have boundaries from the distractions.

  9. When you are willing to succeed, you will have to do whatever it takes for you to be successful.

  10. Working on your strengths, talents, and gifts by refining and nourishing them. Natural ability will motivate you to start

Eric is a global phenomenon because of the social media presence and his domestic and international tours.

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