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The Secret to Success | [Eric Thomas]

The Secret to Success

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 & 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    SkinnyPaleGuy 07-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "His past. But his youtube videos are MUCH Better!!"
    What did you love best about The Secret to Success?

    His devotion and faith are inspirational.


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

    yes, but would prefer they listen to his youtube videos!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Him receiving money in the mail when he was broke and relied on his faith.


    Any additional comments?

    Just go into this book knowing it's his personal past and history, it's Not a collection of inspirational thoughts as I thought it would be originally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Topeka, KS, United States 06-05-14
    Jeff Topeka, KS, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Drops an F Bomb in the first few minutes?"
    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting step by step Secrets to Success - his secrets to success...motivational stuff.

    This isn't it. His iTunes audio is better suited for this. The F-bomb in chapter one was completely unnecessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andres Valdes 05-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Chosen One

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    "Phenomenal!"
    If you could sum up The Secret to Success in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, action-oriented, and personal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric Thomas pours his heart into every word in this book. This man has taken the audiobook to whole new level. You can feel the passion this man has for helping and encouraging people regardless of their age and circumstances to live their greatest lives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many describe.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Secret to Success?

    Among other things, Eric forces you to re-think your relationships in order to be more intentional about creating an environment which is conducive for personal growth.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth every penny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Whittington 04-30-14

    I love a GOOD BOOK

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    "Eric Thomas ROCKS!"
    Where does The Secret to Success rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first Audio Book and I loved it so, the sound is crisp and clear, I actually stayed in my car listening to my Iphone for an half hour before I decided to get out.... lol.
    What can I say about Eric Thomas, HE ROCKS! HE IS INSPIRING! HE SPEAKS THE UNADULTERATED TRUTH! As a youth motivator, he truly inspires me to continue to reach out to our youth, and encourage them to be the BEST OF THE BEST!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric Thomas is very narrative and has compassion in his voice as he reads


    Have you listened to any of Charles Arrington and Eric Thomas ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    To succeed as bad as I want to BREATH!!!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one book that should be in your library.... GET IT TODAY!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andrew 04-16-14
    andrew 04-16-14
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    "Life Story, not much gained from my veiwpoint"
    What disappointed you about The Secret to Success?

    It was the life story of the author, I was looking for for a non fictional book to read to help myself.


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    Tyler Hawks 04-02-14
    Tyler Hawks 04-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding and inspiring!"
    Where does The Secret to Success rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far as Non-fiction listening goes, this is as good as it gets. Great personal life story, great principles that anyone can apply and truly inspiring all the way around.


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    Les Neosho, Missouri, United States 03-04-14
    Les Neosho, Missouri, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story / Inspirational"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a compelling story with a lot of inspiration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the fact that the author is the actual narrator. Given the fact he is a motivational speaker, he speaks with enthusiasm and inspiration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fifidah Portland, Oregon, United States 01-19-14
    Fifidah Portland, Oregon, United States 01-19-14
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    "One of the most inspiring book!"
    Would you listen to The Secret to Success again? Why?

    Yes, definitely. It is one of the books where you would listen to when you feel hopeless or really down.


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

    The way Eric Thomas narrated the story just adds something special to the whole book. Especially since it is from his own experiences, he made me feel closer to him. As for Charles Arrington, the way he narrated the story is really different from Eric Thomas. He is more clear and precise.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Success is not a destination. Success is a journey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Bronx, NY, United States 01-10-14
    Thomas Bronx, NY, United States 01-10-14
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    "Three stars for effort."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It should go straight to the point. Most of the he talks on and on about single issue.


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

    No, I feel like you paying for a couple of quotes, not the motivation factor you are looking for.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Could you see The Secret to Success being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerard Clonee, Ireland 01-07-14
    Gerard Clonee, Ireland 01-07-14
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    "Rags to riches??"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - its not that great!


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

    Poor quality material


    Any additional comments?

    This story is nothing special. Its about a guy who is a normal kid, runs away from home, finds people to look after him and then after 15 years gets a MS degree. Its not exactly mind blowing. There's people out there with disabilities who go on to defy doctors... whats so special about this story? Quoting people like Kanye West really damages the integrity of the book. If you are a kid growing up in the projects this book maybe worth reading. Otherwise, avoid!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Seamus Feeney
    6/17/14
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    "Great Values and Principles to live by"
    Where does The Secret to Success rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the way Eric has made the book around his life and related it to his successes and failures... by applying what he had learned from these life events. He then translates this in simple to understand methods, and again relates it to his life. This makes it easier to relate this to my own life the fact that he's given a example makes the learning experiences more visual.
    I have taken note of the principles and values and going to live by them as I work on my own dreams and success.


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

    Great performances by both.
    I liked Eric's tone and drama that he added to make it real and in the moment as if it was happening right then.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Face your fears" or "The push towards Greatness"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DERBY, United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "Inspiring"
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    This story of sheer inspiration has filled me with the tools to motivate myself even when I feel like I'm all out of trying. Eric has been through a tough journey to greatness, thanks for sharing it with me. I wish I could meet you personally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arnis Seleznevs
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    12/1/13
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    "Inspiring story"
    Where does The Secret to Success rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love books like these with a real story and complex personality. It is in my top 10.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is Erics life story and he is the main character in this book. He has had many struggles in his life, but it is his strength and persistence that has brought him success.


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

    Eric tells his own story, it feels much more immersive and real. I cannot imagine anyone else telling this story with such a great passion.


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

    Absolutely, it is so immersive that you want to know the whole story and where it has taken the character.


    Any additional comments?

    It is relatively short book in comparison with others, but it is a real example where hard work brings amazing success to a person with a very sad background a many struggles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beth
    Isleworth, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "ET Epic Journey"
    What did you like most about The Secret to Success?

    Eric drew from very personal experiences to give reader the best examples of how to structure personal growth


    What other book might you compare The Secret to Success to, and why?

    The Shadow of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    Anyone has the ability to achieve greatness


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

    Having listened to Eric previously it gave a realistic depth to the book, it was like he was sat next to me talking.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Eric realised that investing in himself would prove to be the greatest investment of his life.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly reccommeded to all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shaun
    PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom
    7/1/13
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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up The Secret to Success in three words, what would they be?

    Once people listen to this book they can follow up with the YouTube videos, then they can understand where his passion comes from... The heart!!! Enough said. :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric of course... And bob.


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

    Life.


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

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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