Two weeks ago, while in San Antonio Texas for a business convention, I had the amazing opportunity of hearing a man speak about success the journey he took to get his. At the age of 16, he was homeless, living on the streets of Detroit, Michigan. He never knew his father, and didn’t go to high school. Eventually he was able to go college, but it took him 12 years to receive his Bachelor’s Degree. His life was full of hardship and impediments. In fact, many people would deem it a road to destruction, a fate of failure, a reason to give up.
Today, Eric Thomas is one of the most influential and successful motivational speakers in the world. He is also a pastor, successful author, and mentor traveling all over the world sharing his story. On top of that, three weeks ago, he successfully completed his dissertation, earning his PhD.
For the past few weeks while talking to people and seeing posts on social media, I’ve noticed a lot of you complaining about your failures, your situations, and your dissatisfaction with life as it is now. However, that’s all I see- complaining, and blaming everything and everyone under the sun for your failure and unhappiness. You blame the city you live in, the school you go to, the fact that you grew up poor, your family, your job. However, I don’t see any of you nor have I seen any of you who are actively complaining about your situations, actively trying to change your situations.
You all have struggles, impediments, and situations that you have been subjected to in your lives that make success and happiness seem very far away. Eric Thomas was homeless at the age of 16, he didn’t get a high school diploma, and it took him 12 years to receive his Bachelors, but did he quit? Did he blame his parents? Did he blame the fact that he was homeless? No. He wanted to succeed as bad as he wanted to breathe, so that’s what he did. He went from GED to having a PhD. He went from being homeless to living a happy, affluent life. He didn’t use his struggles and situation as an excuse to fail. He used them as a stepping stone to his success.
You all have the ability to overcome the bad situations in your life. Complaining about them and blaming them for your failure and dissatisfaction isn’t going to get you anywhere. Success doesn’t just fall from the sky because your situation sucks. You have to go out there and get your success. Success doesn’t just happen to you, it happens because of you. Use your struggle as a springboard to your success- not a sob story about your failures.
This week, I challenge all of you who are unhappy with your lives or your situations to take control of your own futures. Don’t wait for a handout or to be “put on”. Stop blaming your situations for your lack of success. Remember, you don’t have to be average, you can be extraordinary. You don’t have to be a rock, you can be a diamond.
Be sure to check out Eric Thomas today!