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Audie Award Finalist, Personal Development, 2014

Reknowned 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 and 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.

©2011 Eric Thomas (P)2013 Eric Thomas

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So inspiring

As a single mother in the UK starting a business and getting a university degree at 41 . I'm living some of the most challenging times of my life . But listening to this book and ETs podcast have inspired me to. Strive to succeed as much as I want to breathe.

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Not safe for work or home

First two words in this book are “FUCK YOU!” shouted out loudly. Should be a warning for explicit content, very disappointed, my Wife and kids heard this. I was trying to introduce them to The Dr ET and this happened. Trying to repair the damage now

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One of the worst books I've bought on Audible! I am a fan of Eric Thomas, but this book didn't encapsulate me, was very disappointed.

Enjoy the man's speeches better that his book. I just didn't feel it, it's very poorly organised and the ideas are all over the place! Perhaps he will get better with the second book.

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inspired to believe in my dreams

English is not my first language so I hope you understand everything. I loved it. I've been listening to Eric Thomas since I started my bachelor at the University of Applied Sciences. I've started at community college and worked myself up to graduate as a MSc. During my first bachelor at the University of Applied Science I failed one course multiple times even though I worked really hard. During this time I cane across Eric Thomas and used his video's on Youtube to motivate myself in order to keep practicing with this though course. The professor had no interest in me so I had to do it myself. Eventually as a consequence of failing this course for the 4th time I had to leave my study and was told by the professor of this course that this field of study was not the right fit for me. I knew I had it in me and started the same Bachelor at an other University of applied science. This time I passed this course with a really good grade and eventually completed my bachelor. Recently I've finished my Masters Degree in this same field of study. So even though someone their opinion (telling me I don't belong in a field of study) and actions (showing no interest in helping me to understand a course) does not mean that is the reality. This quote is one of many Eric Thomas used that helped me to keep focussed even though I hit a low (resigning from the University) During all my years at the uni I have been listening to Eric Thomas. His quotes and motivational speeches help me to believe in myself and stay calm when the grinding gets thougher. From Community College to BSc to MSc. I'm very proud of myself. This audiobook (1) motivates me to keep working smarter and harder, (2) to keep me out of my comfort zone and (3) setting new goals dreams for myself. Thank you Eric.

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Fantastic book

Love this book!! Loved the realness of it!! I left feeling soo inspired.. 1 critique.. I think the first 2 chapters went on a bit too long and could have done more succinctly.. This may put people off for the beginning.. But the rest of the book is absolutely AMAZING!!!!

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Amazing!

10/10!!!! would highly recommend, ive watched Eric on you YouTube for years and his book/ story is very inspiring.

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Truly Inspirational

This audio book was an absolutely amazing listen. Thank you to Dr Eric Thomas for writing and speaking on this audiobook. I've learnt a lot from this book, the podcast with the same name, Breathe University and the YouTube videos. This book is full of many gems. Thank you once again to ET and his whole team.

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Does what it says on the cover

ET The Hiphop Preacher is right in his element narrating his book. It reads like a radio drama in some parts and a passionate Sunday sermon in others. The only thing is the story got a bit confusing regarding timelines and continuity somewhere in the final third of the story. But because Eric Thomas is above all an educator maybe he did that deliberately to check if we were paying attention!

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It’s a very generic book about success theory.

There’s not much that you won’t have heard before but it’s not a bad one.

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Could be better

I'm a big fan of E.T. I love listening to him on YouTube. But somehow, I think , this book is like one of those movies in which the trailer is amazing and the movie isn't that good . Based on his sepeaches , I was expecting much more . I listen to him while I drive. It's not a bad book, don't get me wrong and I do recomend it. ...But I was expecting more.

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  • Michelle
  • 11-07-13

Thanks

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret to Success to be better than the print version?

I love reading books, but to hear ET's words directly out of his mouth was a good touch, so in this case I would say YES!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved that ET was such an open book with his life. I have started to watch at least one video a day on you tube, to keep myself in a good head space. However, I really wanted to know more behind the man he is, so the book answered a lot of those questions.

What does Charles Arrington and Eric Thomas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Goosebumps=) for example when ET was talking about when he found out he passed the GED. I felt so excited for him, in a way that I would not have if I was just reading it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book, these words have helped me. I have been going to college for a major I wasn't happy with, today I changed my major. I want to work on truly making myself happy by doing what I believe only I can do.

Any additional comments?

Thanks, for sharing your experiences, and touching my heart. Please keep posting on You Tube, I absolutely love what your doing!! I am sure you will get to Oprah=)

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  • Todd
  • 14-11-14

A must read book.

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Eric Thomas has outdone himself with this one. I have watched what I believe was over half of the ET videos that I could find on YouTube for free, but I decided it was time to buy the audio book so support ET and man, this book changed my life. I found myself cheering and giving Eric an "atta boy" shout or cry throughout many parts of this book. This is a must read.

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  • Shamar
  • 04-07-13

Excellent Book!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret to Success to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version but this is the best audio book I have EVER heard.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eric Thomas. He gives hope to those who never believed they could never achieve greatness.

What does Charles Arrington and Eric Thomas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Passion

What did you learn from The Secret to Success that you would use in your daily life?

The fact that a set back is just a setup for a greater opportunity, and to keep believing in your dreams and most of all keep believing in yourself.

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Most audiobooks I listen to are normally the same, where the narrator is basically reading the words on the page. With Eric Thomas, I don't think this man knows what the word normal means. This was the most interesting book I have ever listened to in my life. He brought a level of energy and passion to this book that GREATLY exceeded what I was expecting.This is the ONLY book that I have finished the same day I got it. Excellent job E.T. and I look forward for the next one.

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  • Eran
  • 11-07-13

you SHOULD buy this

Would you listen to The Secret to Success again? Why?

awesome awsome book, great listen and Eric Thomas really tells it best I think its much better than words on paper.

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  • Vince
  • 30-01-16

honest but I was expecting something else.

This book is more of a biography. I thought it would more motivational oriented.

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  • Crices
  • 15-12-14

Exceptionally Amazing!!!

I Finished The Book In 2 Days!! Thanks!! It Just Goes To Show That With Faith, Perseverance, Determination All Things Are Possible.

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  • Julia
  • 28-06-13

Cant Wait to Finish

What did you love best about The Secret to Success?

Eric has a way of making you listen. Especially when you are fed up with the same lifestyle that leads nowhere, he'll jerk you up and make you stop feeling sorry and actually do something. Thank you for being transparent and letting other people see how to make it from the bottom.

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  • Duane
  • 01-11-13

Title is misleading

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The book is about Eric"s personal success from getting out of the hood, into college, then becoming a teacher. Its NOT a book to teach the reader how to become successful.

Would you recommend The Secret to Success to your friends? Why or why not?

I like Eric's tgim on youtube, So I felt compelled to purchase this audio book

What three words best describe Charles Arrington and Eric Thomas ’s performance?

well spoken

Do you think The Secret to Success needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Absolutely not, everything about his life was told in this audio book.

Any additional comments?

If you like ET work on youtube, this book isnt that. If you wanna know ET's story from beginning to end. This book is for you.

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  • jana Arellano
  • 05-12-14

A Success Story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret to Success to be better than the print version?

The audio is emotionally moving. The story is real and presented in a way that allows the listener to understand the struggles and successes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret to Success?

Eric Thomas had accomplished his GED and their were many individuals that had his similar struggle. His willingness to help the young and the future of our country is very moving.

What about Charles Arrington and Eric Thomas ’s performance did you like?

They were able to have the listener feel the emotions. I found myself cheering for moments of victory.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

/my comments were very focused on the story, As far as the secrets to success, the points that he make are embellished in story. The points are recapped at the send of the chapter.

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  • AQM
  • 28-08-17

Different from his online content

This book is more autobiographical than self help. If you are familiar with his motivational videos this book is different from that. This is more of a recap of his life and journey.

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