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Secrets of Success

In the following video, Eric Thompson (also known as E.T. the Hip Hop Preacher) is speaking to a group of students about the keys to success. My guess, based on the content of the video, is that the school defines success as learning how to write and receiving a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). However, I can easily imagine the Hop-Hop Preacher giving a similar speech to a group of brain injured people and their caregivers. If you define recovery as success, then you need to watch the video.

According to the speaker, to achieve success you must:

  • Want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe.
  • Be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what you are for what you will become.
  • Recognize that pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, an hour, a day, or even a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If you quit, however, it will last forever.

As you watch the video, imagine that the speaker is talking to a group of survivors and caregivers. I think you will find that the following message is quite clear.


How do you define success? What is your plan to be successful? Are you monitoring your progress toward success? What else could you be doing to ensure success is more likely? What are you willing to do to be successful? What aren’t you willing to do to be successful? Is your pain physical or emotional? Is your pain the realization that your life is not what it was before the brain injury? What is your action plan? What may I do to help?

Thanks to Sako Yakinian for recommending the topic of this post.
Thanks to Eric Thompson and YouTube for providing the video in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “Secrets of Success”

  • pawan singh says:

    successor __ From both side school and students but mostly from the self motivation and mainly not the school defines on an ownself.

    • Scott says:

      Pawan, the same rules apply to anything you want to do, whether it related to family, friends, school, work, or anything you want to do.~ Scott

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.