Dr. Eric Thomas overcame homelessness to break you free from average

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Have you ever been homeless or close to it? Are you struggling to make ends meet? Do you believe being a high school drop out is stopping you from being successful? Do you blame failure in your life on the fact that you were raised without both your parents? If you don't know Dr. Eric Thomas, then you are in for a treat! He has overcome all of these struggles and is now one of the most effective world-renown speakers, author, educator, and pastor working with Fortune 500 companies and professional sports organizations. Here is his inspirational story.

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Background

Dr. Eric Thomas, the hip-hop preacher, was born in Detroit to a single mother but dropped out of high school and spent two years living on the streets. Things got bad enough to force him to eat out of trash cans and sleep in abandon buildings. By the grace of God, Dr. Eric was found and encouraged by people in his community church, inspiring young speakers, and his wife to return to high school, endure 12 years of college to earn a 4-year education degree, and eventually a doctorate in education administration. Today ET uses his gift to inspire tens of millions of people in several hundred countries across the planet through a significant social media presence, his recent domestic and international tours, his books. (The Secret to Success, Greatness Is Upon You: Laying the Foundation, and Average Skill Phenomenal Will)

How did Eric Thomas build his business

Dr. Eric Thomas started his career with pursuing speaking engagements with any universities, churches, and corporations who would allow it. Around 2010, while still pursuing speaking engagements, ET began a consistent YouTube series entitled "Thank God It's Monday" to provide free motivation to the world. Dr. Eric admits that when he started T.G.I.F. he didn't know if it would ever make money or be effective but he felt called to do it.  After thousands of unique videos and consistent pursuit of speaking opportunities, ET's career finally gain significant traction with his iconic video "How bad do you want it"  during which he presented the quote displayed the core of his entire business; "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful". This video and those like it were credited for the inspiration needed for success in college, business, and sports by superstars such as Lebron James during the 2012 NBA Championships. Around this time Dr. Eric was being requested for bigger speaking engagements with ESPN media company, Fox News, NFL sports teams, and fortune 500 companies. Around 2014, ET was making money through speaking engagements, selling books, and the Youtube Channel when one of his mentors suggested for his to opened Breathe University to provide online training and coaching programs. B.U. was the product needed to transform ET's career into a highly profitable business with the estimated net worth of over 2.5 million dollars.

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Looking Forward

Dr. Eric Thomas, age 47, has become one of the most requested public speakers around the world. The 'etthehiphoppreacher' has over 60,000 views every day and Thank God It's Monday has a community of more than 5 million faithful followers. ET only goal seems to be to provide more motivation and inspiration that anyone else. Whenever Dr. Eric speaks about his success and his goals he only ever talks about helping more people with his gift regardless of the personal or business gain. Unlike other successful entrepreneurs on his level, ET's is still prioritizing his family and then his mission.

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Dr. Eric Thomas was not consulted for this article, all information was found through the references below.

References:

  • 2019, Celebs Net Worth. “Eric Thomas Net Worth 2019.” Celebs Net Worth Today, Celebs Net Worth Today, 24 Dec. 2018, www.celebsnetworthtoday.com/bio-wiki-2018-2019-2020-2021/other/eric-thomas-net-worth-7250/.
  • “Eric Thomas (Motivational Speaker).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 9 May 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Thomas_(motivational_speaker).
  • Rulez, Stich. “The Inspiring Story Behind Eric Thomas And His Success.” StichRulez, 11 May 2018, stichrulez.com/eric-thomas-inspirational-story/.
  • Thomas, Eric. “ET Inspires.” Eric Thomas, etinspires.com/start.
  • Thomas, Eric. “TGIM | A DREAM, A VISION & GRIND.” YouTube, YouTube, 20 Mar. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXqVh7bHgyU.

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