How Bad Do You Want It? (Success) HD

"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful"

Speech by Eric Thomas (AKA ET The Hip Hop Preacher).
Inspirational video featuring Giavanni Ruffin (player for the Seattle Seahawks).

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68 thoughts on “How Bad Do You Want It? (Success) HD

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  1. I was almost 400 pounds I woke up 3 A.M to work out because I was ashamed to be seen in the shape I was in. I put this Video on every morning and hit the gym. I dropped over 100 pounds in 2013. 3 years later I’ve kept the weight off. I will NEVER go back. NEVER.

    1. That’s how it feels to make it out. I used to be 135 and worked my way up to 235. I couldn’t believe I ever allowed myself to be weak and wallow in self hate the way I did

    1. @John Horvath III make History for yourself don’t worry about what anyone else has to say before you do it for your family do it for YOU. Be your own biggest fan Be your own Inspiration. Be your Biggest competition and you’ll see how much you change by being yourself.

    1. Gang Eric Thomas (the narrator) mentions person A, seeking advice from person B on becoming rich (successful). Person B takes him to a beach, almost drowns him, and raises him right before he drowns. At that very moment, all that person A wanted was just some fresh air so that he could live. The quote then comes into the play. When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe (right after he raises him from water and from drowning), then you will be successful.

  2. i used to watch this all the time in my early teens, seems that i was obsessed with being successful. now when i am 21 and i see that life isnt about being better than others , that it isnt a competition. life is about being with others , learning, enjoying or whatever you like to do.

    1. It hurts when seeing how obsessed some people can be about money, They think they will be happy once they get it.

    2. Your goddamn right. I think if you find you purpose in life, its good to pursue it and all, but pursuing for external reward while being depress is just wrong..

  3. Man, it’s so crazy how time flies. I just came back to this video after 4 years of not seeing it. Oh boy, the memories, the feelings. I remember watching this video 24/7 at 21 years of age, no clue of what I wanted to be in life. All I had was the gym and basically this video. I was so lost, but this video gave me hope. Hope and the motivation to go out and at least DO SOMETHING. Guess what, 4 years later, I’m still lost – but a different kind of lost. I feel like I’m a bit more in place, more mature. I have found something that is making me enough money to live and gives me a sense of fulfillment. I have a healthy relationship. And to be honest guys, that’s 99% of what you need in life to be happy. I’ll come back in 4 years with another update.

    1. Good lord, me too. This video is so nostalgic. It helped me lose 100 pounds over a summer after high school. 265lbs-165lbs. (:

    2. Crazy how a lot of us were affected by this video. I remember seeing this video 9 years ago. Basically when it came out. Hadn’t seen it in years and it popped up on my recommended a few moments ago(new YouTube account I’m using.)

  4. I literally remember watching this video back in 2012 when it had like 50,000 views and back then I remember thinking to myself “everyone needs to hear this”… and here we are 8 years and 46 million views later

  5. I remember waking up every morning at 6am and starting the day off with this video… that was almost 7 years ago, I was in a dark time of my life with big dreams. Really took his words to my heart and worked on my online business with a full-time job like a mad man working 15 hours a day 7 days a week. Now I have a wonderful life with a 7 figure income. Watching this now is bringing tears of joy into my eyes.

    1. That’s great!! My story is similar, but being fit and growing in farming/ranching. I found this about 7yrs ago too. Salute to those that refuse to quit and never stop grinding and encouragement to those seeking gaining confidence to take that first step! TGIM

  6. 7 years ago in 2013 I didn’t take college too seriously and didn’t prioritize or balance my studies with extracurriculars, and I graduated college with a 2.3 GPA. I was depressed at graduation because always had the intention of becoming a dentist and was at a realization that I probably couldn’t do it. GPA was too low to even get into a graduate program. This video was my fire and fuel to help me prove myself.

    I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to become a competitive applicant, but whenever I was mentally at a low point, this video kept me motivated through the years.

    Since then, I took it a day at a time, worked odd jobs to gain life experience & to reassure myself that I will succeed. I made sure each year was something new, a growth step/opportunity. Eventually I decided to take upper level classes to show I was determined to show how bad I wanted it.

    I boosted my post-bacc GPA to 3.5, applied and finally got into dental school, and this August I will have completed my first year of dental school thanks to this video.

    1. TreyDongz underrated comment. It’s arguably harder to apply this discipline to collegiate academics then it is to sports. Good work, stay savage.

    2. I don’t know you but I am proud of you … God bless you and always trust in your creator and his son Jesus Christ !🙏❤️🙏

  7. I look back after 5 years with tears in my eyes and I want to say with a humble heart, this video saved my life.

  8. It’s January 1st 2021, happy New Years to you all, I’m 24 and currently in barbering school got out the army when I was 21 man life has been a journey!! But I’m definitely still lost and deep into bad habits, I just watched this video and tear are in my eyes those kind of tears where your inspired , man I wanna be so great so I can give back to the world it burns in my heart everyday , greatness starts within! I’m ready to give in and be all in , A great man,great father,great husband and an even greater Human

  9. I first watched this video as a 14 year old. I was a freshman in high school. I had dreams of becoming a professional basketball player and this confirmed everything I wanted to do in life. I had my ups and downs. I was told I was not good enough, not tall enough, I was told don’t aim for that, maybe division 3 basketball.

    After years of perseverance, failing, succeeding I did end up playing pro basketball overseas and I’ve been at it for 3 years now in 3 different countries. A 5’7 Filipino kid from a small town of El Monte, CA who was told you’re not good enough, not tall enough, just maybe division 3 basketball.

    Dream big. Work hard and don’t be afraid to fail. I’ll be back here with another summary in a few years!

    1. I’m 14 and a freshman right now first seeing this video. I want to be a professional soccer player. I hope I can come back to this video and tell the same story as you. Stay strong 💪

  10. This video got me through medical school. Many many hours of lost sleep. I now have my dream job as an Anesthesiologist.

    1. But you’re increasing your chances of dying early because of lost sleep. Sleep is essential, without it you will sooner or later crumble.

    2. @Thomas Johnson death is inevitable, we’re all gonna die one day. why not spend it accomplishing goals you set for yourself and enjoying your own individual journey

  11. Checking in 9 years later. Currently fighting for a career! I’m tired, hungry and in pain but most importantly still driven.

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