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Eric Thomas

Ignite Your Power, Your Purpose, and Your Why

4.3 (433 ratings)
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'You Owe You' by Eric Thomas is a motivational book that emphasizes on taking 100% responsibility for our lives and achieving success by developing self-discipline and a strong work ethic. It inspires readers to focus on their goals and take action to make them a reality.

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    Become the CEO of your life.

    Long before becoming a regular guest inside NBA locker rooms, Eric Thomas was a troubled young man who’d left home to escape family trauma. Growing up, opportunities were rare. Segregation, preceded by slavery, had locked Black people into particular neighborhoods and jobs.

    The most people in his community could hope for was a job on the car assembly lines in Detroit. But, Thomas’s story changed when he became the boss of his own life. 

    Based on his own story, Thomas advises the following to take control of your own life.

    The first step is to shed your victim mentality.

    Nobody owes you anything. Playing victim undermines your ability to act. Be courageous enough to take responsibility for your shortcomings. In many ways, you can be your own strongest adversary.

    Here are some practical tips which build on this idea and help you shed victimhood.

    To begin, own your decisions, including your mistakes, and be accountable for them. Once you’ve decided you’re the author of your own fate, set goals and standards to give you direction.

    Next, don’t be a loose cannon. Clarity and direction will help you decide what series of activities you need to complete each task. Build a structure, a regime, and follow it strictly.

    Third, once you have standards, you should have no excuse for not sticking to them.

    Finally, before deciding you’re in it alone, take a look around. Find the people who want to see you succeed and reach out to them for help, advice, and leads. Learn to accept help and lean on the experience and knowledge of kind people. Don’t be too quick to assume people want to see you fail.

    Shedding victimhood is the crowning act that makes you the CEO of your life. When you get here, you’re ready to wear your cape and discover your superpower!

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    What is You Owe You about?

    You Owe You (2022) leaves you with no doubt as to who is responsible for changing the trajectory of your life. It implores you to identify your purpose and then turn your unique talents into assets that will make you achieve unbridled success.

    Who should read You Owe You?

    • Anyone trying to take control of their lives
    • Historically disadvantaged people and minorities
    • Organizations trying to inspire their teams toward collective success and individual fulfillment

    About the Author

    Eric Thomas is one of the most successful motivational speakers of all time. He works with individuals and teams in the NBA, NFL, NCAA, and Fortune 500 companies, as well as disadvantaged kids trying to find their way through school. He’s authored several books including The Secret to Success, Greatness Is Upon You, and Average Skill Phenomenal Will.

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