The motivational speakers out there are so numerous we can’t list them all here, but we have to add one more to the list.

And while we are adding him to the list, he will still stand out among them.

“E.T. the Hip Hop Preacher”, is providing young people throughout the nation, in various fields, an opportunity to succeed…on their own terms, through their own tenacity. He has a YouTube channel full with videos that have gone viral.

And the one we love the most that helps jumpstart your week, Thank God It’s Monday (TGIM).

Formally known as Eric Thomas, his YouTube videos have folks of all career paths gravitating to his message. According to Dime Magazine,

Thomas started a non-profit organization while he was a junior in college “to help drug dealers and single-parent mothers get their GEDs.”

He attributes his phenomenal rise to the success of former East Carolina running back, Giavanni Ruffin. Ruffin’s workout was documented with the use of Ruffin’s speech to a group of Michigan State University students as the background audio.

The video has now been viewed over 12 million times.

ET tells the young people, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”

He has got to be one of the most inspiring speakers that you will ever hear.

He is in the right time at the right moment to motivate the people, especially, the nation’s young people. My favorite line is:

“Don’t cry to quit! You already in pain, you already hurt, get a reward from it!”

How many of you can use that in your workout routine?

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