Eric Thomas is an American motivational speaker, author and pastor, who founded his own company to offer education consulting, executive coaching and athletic development.

Thomas grew up without a father, was homeless for two and a half years, and struggled in school. Despite this, he committed twelve years to get his four-year degree and eventually went on to completing his PhD.

His speeches continue to impact the life of millions who draw strength and resilience from his struggle.

Here are 12 Eric Thomas quotes to boost your willpower:


The only way to get out of mediocrity is to keep shooting for excellence.

I use pain to push me to greatness.

Your relationships will either make you or break you and there is no such thing as a neutral relationship.  People either inspire you to greatness or pull you down in the gutter, it’s that simple.

Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what’s actually good for you.

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.

Done is better than perfect if perfect ain’t done.


I do not take constructive criticism from people who have never constructed anything.

Success, meaningful success, begins when we take ownership and actively take responsibility for our part in the shortcomings of our life.

Be more intentional about the direction we allow our minds to go. Meaning, when you catch yourself thinking negatively, stop! Redirect to something positive.

Maybe, just maybe, I was pointing the finger because it was easier to make excuses than it was to make adjustments.

Information changes situations.

Bottom line, I removed myself from the victim mentality and took control of my life. I’m not just going to take responsibility for the success in my life – I’m going to take responsibility for the failures in my life. When you’re willing to accept that you’re the problem, you immediately become the solution.