How to Get Yours: Success
In life virtually everyone wants to be successful but defining what that means, achieving it and keeping it are the main challenges. Motivational speaker, Eric Thomas has carved his own lane of success and he is sharing his insights in the recently released entitled, "The Secret To Success." In his book, he shares how he overcame being a homeless high school dropout to become one of the most sought after speakers in the country. The book has sold 10,000 copies since last September and is now available on Barnes & Nobles, Amazon and iTunes. Outside of that Thomas was recently commissioned to provide voice-over work for Nike's Jordan Brand and to execute consulting initiatives for the NFL Players Association. Plus he gives back through the International Urban Education Consultants, a nonprofit organization that focuses on developing programs for troubled youth.
Get in on Thomas' secrets below.
Secret #1: Find your passion
Oftentimes people get pressured into doing things that they don't want to do because of outside influences. I am of the firm belief that if you do what you are passionate about and not something that just makes you money or something that others think you should do, you will find true success. Money, fame, influence, power, happiness, whatever the desires of your heart are, will come to you once you find and follow your passion.
Secret #2: Find the right peers
Surround yourself with successful people. My mother used to say, 'If you hang around 9 broke people, you're bound to be the 10th.' There is no greater influence than that of our peer group. If you surround yourself with people who are goal-oriented, work hard and maintain a positive outlook your chances of success skyrocket.
Secret #1: Be resilient
Don't be defeated when it feels as if nothing is working. Thomas Edison once said, 'I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work.' In my career I have suffered many setbacks and there were times when I felt like giving up, but everyday I managed to get up, put my two feet on the ground and give it 110%. It is those people who are not only willing to get back up after falling, but also learn from the fall that usually ends up on top. Remember that success is a journey and not a destination, enjoy it!
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