How Bad Do YOU Want It?

Another gem from my mentor for inspiration and mentality, Eric Thomas.

In this video,  he challenges us with two critical questions:

How bad do you want it?

What would your life look like if you didn’t count the cost?

You see, there comes a point in life where we have to ask ourselves tough questions like those Mr. Thomas poses.

As I said in my last post, you have to come to terms with who you are and where you are.

Is your commitment to your dream or calling just lip service?

Are you really giving God, your family, your company, and yourself YOUR best?

The fact is only YOU know the answer to this question.

And until you’re willing to give your all, you won’t achieve anything.

That’s how the math works in the world of dreams.

It’s all or nothing. There is no partial credit.  And there are no negotiations.

So imagine that starting today, you truly gave life your absolute best.

You acted when you really didn’t feel like it.

You pushed past discomfort.

You got up a little earlier.

You cut back on some T.V.

You let go of some bad habits.

You buried the words NO and CAN’T.

You turned up your intensity.

You truly put your whole self in.

You COMMITTED to do whatever it takes.

Well, don’t imagine any longer; today is the day for you to answer the questions.




The Fire Inside

I have been listening to the Blueprint 2 Success Motivational Mixtape by Eric Thomas for the last two weeks. It is power packed from beginning to end! The album grabs you right out of the starting gate with my favorite soundbite:

You may be smarter. Your family might come from privilege. Your daddy may own the company, but you will not outwork me!

As the quote echoes out, the track in the backgrounds moves to the forefront. I have never heard the song before, but I did recognize the voice immediately — Black Thought of the legendary hip-hop group, The Roots. He is laser focused on the verse, and he sounds like a man on mission as reflects on the journey ahead:  the journey from good to great. Add a masterfully sung chorus that seems to pour gas on one’s internal pilot light, and you have spontaneous combustion. What a perfect pick to kick off to the project. The challenge is on the table; never let the flame expire. Instead, turn the flame into an unquenchable blaze. Greatness is unstoppable. Greatness is timeless. Greatness is magnetic.  Greatness consumes average.

The Fire by The Roots, featuring John Legend

[John Legend]
Ohhhh, the fire, the fire
Ohhhh, the fire, the fire

[Chorus: John Legend]
There’s something in your heart
and it’s in your eyes
It’s the fire, inside you
Let it burn
You don’t say good luck
You say don’t give up
It’s the fire, inside you
Let it burn

[Black Thought]
Yeah, and if I’m ever at the crossroads
and start feeling mixed signals like Morse code
My soul start to grow colder than the North Pole
I try to focus on the hole of where the torch goes
In the tradition of these legendary sports pros
As far as I can see, I’ve made it to the threshold
Lord knows I’ve waited for this a lifetime
And I’m an icon when I let my light shine
Shine bright as an example of a champion
Taking the advantage, never copping out or cancelling
Burn like a chariot, learn how to carry it
Maverick, always above and beyond average
Fuel to the flame that I train with and travel with
Something in my eyes say I’m so close to having the prize
I realise I’m supposed to reach for the skies
Never let somebody try to tell you otherwise