Eric Thomas is a well-known motivational speaker who I have been following for some time. I regularly listen to his mix-tapes in my car and have even used his voice as my morning alarm clock!

Eric is a success story in his own right. He frequently shares his experiences from being homeless, living in abandoned buildings, and eating out of garbage cans.

He’s not trying to sell you any ‘magic-pill’ or ‘get rich quick’ schemes. Instead, he’s all about putting in the work!

I, personally, find him to be highly motivating and was keen to listen to his audiobook to get more of an idea about his history and to pick up some success tips for myself.

What’s it all about?

In a nutshell, The Secret to Success is the author’s personal story, but it’s intertwined with lessons, tips, and advice that you can take and put into your own life to try to replicate similar success.

What you should know …

So, here are some of the things that I think you should know about this audiobook.

1 – Academics Vs Entrepreneurs

I believe that academics, such as teachers and students (or those going the ‘traditional’ educational route) will get more value out of this book than entrepreneurs.

Although Eric is himself an entrepreneur, I didn’t get much entrepreneurial advice out of the book, other than the generic ‘work hard and grind’ mantras.

However, Eric shared lots of advice that would be super-helpful to academics – and it is this advice that helped Eric gain his PhD!

2 – It’s a bit slow at times

I could listen to Eric talk all day! I love the way that he comes across to his audience and generally, I enjoy the way that he speaks.

However, I felt that sometimes the stories related in the book were a little slow and didn’t move on quickly enough.

At times, I was a bit bored!

3 – Get ready for some sound effects…

..and there’s a lot of them! Probably a few too many for my liking.

I can see why the sound effects were included, as they do help to bring the stories to life, but they often distracted me from the point that Eric was trying to make.

4 – Who is reading the quotes?!

At the beginning of each chapter, another narrator reads a quote.

Now, I LOVE quotes! I’m the type of person to pin quotes up around my desk, on my notice board, and even on my fridge to encourage myself to eat healthier!

Unfortunately, whoever reads the quotes in this audiobook has a very creepy voice.

I did cringe each time a quote was read.

My overall thoughts

Overall, I did think that this was an enjoyable audiobook, but I haven’t rated it particularly highly (see score below) because it lacks valuable information for entrepreneurs.

However, if Eric’s goal was to encourage people to focus more on their education and to stay in school, then I think that he has certainly achieved that with this audiobook. (The book should be re-titled to ‘The Secret to Success in School’)

Have you read The Secret to Success?

This book review is my personal opinion and experience of The Secret to Success.

If you’ve read or listened to this book, share your thoughts in the comments section, and don’t forget to give the book your own review in the box below. 

Roseanna x

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In a nutshell, The Secret to Success is the author's personal story, but it’s intertwined with lessons, tips, and advice. It's an ideal listen for those who follow the 'traditional' educational route, however, it lacks valuable information for entrepreneurs.

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  1. Eric Thomas is amazing. It is crazy how he went from homeless to being where he is now. I cannot wait to read this book.

    1. Yes, that’s exactly what I thought ALTHOUGH…..[spoiler alert]…..the audiobook reveals that he didn’t HAVE to be homeless. As a teenager, he just rebelled against his mum and left home. But he could have stayed in a cozy 4-bed house. So, it was kinda his own fault and stubbornness that led to him being homeless.

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