Eric Thomas doing Life Right #YouMatter

Eric Thomas is a motivational juggernaut. If you feel discouraged about your situation, your life, yourself, than listen to some Eric Thomas to pick yourself back up and pursue forward.

I discovered Eric Thomas while being in one of my biggest funks. Browsing YouTube to try to find something to light a fire from under me I stumbled upon a video that smacked me in the face and got me re-focused. Eric Thomas is a true motivational juggernaut that brings a jolt of energy every time he speaks.

Eric Thomas, Motivation at its best

Here are a few of my favorite E.T. Quotes, awesome sauce my friends!

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“Some of you will never have, will never do, and will never be because you’re sitting around waiting on a phone call…..I don’t plan for events, I plan because it’s a part of the process!” – Eric Thomas

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

“Rise and Grind” – Eric Thomas, ET The Hip Hop Preacher

 

A few of my Favorite Eric Thomas videos to get you motivated

 

 

Bio: 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. 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.

At the age of 16, defiant and hardheaded, Eric decided to leave home and drop out of school, choosing to live on the streets of Detroit. By divine intervention at age 17, Eric met a pastor who saw him a young man with tremendous unrealized potential. As a result, their mentoring relationship was born which led Eric to complete his GED and to prepare for college. Determined not to be another statistic, Eric enrolled at Oakwood University where he began reading every thing he could get his hands on. Understanding the struggle of the streets, he realized what his purpose in life was to become, so he reached back to his fellow drug dealers and helped many of them get their GED's, go to college and incorporate the strategies and self-improvement exercises he learned in order to assist them in developing their own life plans. In so doing, he provided them with a much-needed positive option to the life of crime and illiteracy they then led.

While in college, Eric started Break The Cycle I Dare You, (BTC) a non profit youth development and special event organization that focuses on developing programs for youth who have made bad choices and most often have had family, social, and academic struggles along with the lack of a father figure in their lives. Today BTC has developed and produced many supportive community-based programs and conferences across the country. They provide youth and teachers alike with activities, self-improvement exercises and motivational strategies to help them reach their highest potential in life. Eric now serves as the Chairman of the Organization.

He obtained his Masters degree in 2005 and is currently pursuing his PhD in Education Administration at Michigan State University and serves as Senior Pastor of A Place of Change Ministries, Lansing Michigan. He also serves as a consultant at Michigan State where he has developed The Advantage Program, an undergraduate retention program targeting academically high-risk students of color. In addition to his work with the Advantage at Michigan State, he also serves as a consultant for several collegiate athletic programs across the country. In this role, he provides assistants to student-athletes having academic and social challenges as it relates to successfully transitioning from high-risk schools and communities to a collegiate environment.

Eric's representation of the merits of higher education, coupled with his knowledge of the pains of the street, inspires young people to break bad habits and reach for new levels of personal and spiritual achievement.

Eric has lived a life of challenges and triumph but has found a way to break the cycle.

Eric Thomas on Twitter @Ericthomasbtc

#YouMatter #FaithFocusFinish #NeverGiveUp #Motivation #ChallengeYourself

Thank you Eric for inspiring myself and so many others!

 

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What Each and Every Person Can Learn From Lebron James

I was in utter disbelief when my wife called me up and told me that Lebron James was coming back to Cleveland.

This is after 4 years of constant booing, heckling, and jersey-burning antics of many Cleveland fans.

Let's go back to when he announced the move to Miami.  I will be completely honest and tell you I didn't like the way it went down, but the fact is it was ultimately his choice. I don't think that anyone in their right mind would let someone else dictate their direction in life.

As I read his essay I gained a whole new respect for Lebron James, because he took a step back and looked at it from Cleveland's point of view.

Read James’ complete statement here via Sports Illustrated 

“To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge”?

I can remember reading Dan Gilbert's letter in the newspaper.  He raked Lebron over the coals and put fuel on the fire. He called Lebron a coward, ridiculed him, and actually made it hard for the Cavs to sign other players, at least in my eyes.

The point is that even through all the turmoil, hateful statements, and emotional visits to Cleveland within the last 4 years he was able to forgive, move forward, and return to the very place that hung him out to dry.

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This goes back to my podcast in which I said family may give you a hard time when you are trying to start out on a venture. You have to understand their point of view while keeping your eyes on your game plan.

Do I like the way Lebron left for the Heat? No.

Was it Lebron’s choice to go? Absolutely. He was a grown man and had his vision.

But here is the bigger picture: Lebron James, who is still a human being, had the cojones to come back and be a man about it. He is a leader on and off the court in my eyes now, and that is a much bigger testament to his maturity than putting a basketball through a hoop.

Here is the part that hit me in the heart the most…

“I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.

But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously.”

Lebron James growth as a Leader

Lebron James does have a giant task ahead of him with such a young team, but he isn't afraid to work and help others in the process. A true leader is teacher, a mentor, a motivator.

I encourage each and every person to read this letter, because in it you not only see the growth of a human being, but the perseverance and gratitude of one as well.

Follow Lebron James on Twitter @kingjames

Donate to Lebron James Family Foundation

Welcome Home Lebron!

#IPROMISE #KingJames

 

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Make These 3 Powerful Choices by @JeremySchweyer

Make These 3 Powerful Choices by @JeremySchweyer

Gotta throw this out there because it rings so true in life, business, family, success and happiness.

One of my mentors is my Pastor and one of my best friends. He guides me on a spiritual level and also is once heck of a leader.

If you feel like you're at the end of your rope in life, do yourself a favor and make these 3 power choices TODAY:

1. Choose Balance – If your life is out of balance, the best thing you can do is put Christ first in EVERYTHING YOU DO. Trust me, it will make things work out! See Matthew 6:33.

2. Choose Better Thinking – You are what you think. You can think yourself into depression and you can think yourself out of it too. Why? Because happiness is a choice. See Philippians 4:8.

3. Choose to Be Still – Despite where your body is, you are where your mind is.Work on being where you are at, meaning, if you're at dinner with your spouse, be at dinner with your spouse and not busy thinking about all you have to do at home or tomorrow, or not busy on Facebook or checking your email. See Philippians 4:6-7.

Choose Life.

Follow Jeremy Schweyer on Twitter @JeremySchweyer

This is just a taste of how Jeremy Schweyer coaching. He actually talks some marketing in here:) A little pastoral Mastermind!

 

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Gratitude, The Key to the Open Door of Success in Life

Gratitude opens doors entitlement closes doors. In addition, as for leadership that speaks volumes in life, your business and your overall image.

Gratitude enlightens the soul

My son who is 13 now was adjusting to me working from home. Growing up for 12 years with mommy at the helm, he had a different set of rules and regulations. My wife Kristy started working in cosmetics, and all of the sudden, it was my son and I.

I remember a day when I walked in his room and it looked like wild monkeys from Jumanji ransacked it. I flipped, called him up to his plush lair, and explained that his room was not a war zone and he had to clean it up. 20 minutes later, I walked up to check how the room cleaning process was going. I get up there and I find the door closed and a sign stating, “Please do not disturb, my room, my area.” Let me just say there was a good heart to heart conversation

I can look back and remember when I was young and my dad had the same conversation with me.

One of the prime elements of leadership is gratitude. Are you grateful for your customers, team and partners? If you have an entitled attitude, how would anyone in his or her right mind follow your vision?

“When you fail to consider the source it fails you.”

– Jeremy Schweyer

“The people that complain the most are usually the least committed.”

– Jeremy Schweyer

In American culture, we are heading for diabolical entitlement meltdown. What type of leader is going to shine in this unstable climate? As of now, America’s youngest generation has the attitude of entitlement. My pastor called our young generation,  “generation me.”

Our fists are gripping tighter and tighter, on things that we possess and gratitude is waning. As leaders of such a “what about me” culture, we must express our gratitude on a daily basis. Leading by grateful example is the solution.

A few key questions you can ask yourself if you feel you are going through the “entitlement” struggle.

1. Do I think the world owes me?

2. How often do I use the word mine or me?

It’s important to understand that the world doesn’t owe you anything. As you strengthen your leadership skills, you will understand that. If you have a strong team, realize it was a group effort, and not a solo project. Let your team know you’re grateful for their blood, sweat, and tears. So many times, we forget who was there when times were tough. Think back and you will remember.

“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”

― Brené Brown

“It may sound reactionary; however we can all feel it. We have changed the way we think of ourselves as citizens. We do not think of ourselves as citizens in the old sense of being small parts of something larger and infinitely more important to which we have serious responsibilities. We do still think of ourselves as citizens in the sense of being beneficiaries–we're actually conscious of our rights as American citizens and the nation's responsibilities to us and ensuring we get our share of the American pie. We think of ourselves now as eaters of the pie instead of makers of the pie. So who makes the pie?” –Unknown

“Something has happened where we've decided on a personal level that it's all right to abdicate our individual responsibility to the common good and let government worry about the common good while we all go about our individual self-interested business and struggle to gratify our various appetites.”

― David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

Gratitude speaks volumes

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