The time I saw Terry Crews in person was at a museum in NYC. He in a VIP line with his kids surrounded by security.

I was with my older brother and younger sister. We had recently seen the Expendables movie, where Terry Crews has a memborably entertaining role. My brother shouts to Terry, “You were awesome in ‘The Expendables!’”

Terry said, “Thanks man!”

I couldn’t think quickly enough on my feet, so I blurted out “Double-Sun Power!”

…Terry smiled awkwardly. 

I’ve never been a fan of the pop singer, Vanessa Carlton, but whenever I hear her most famous song “A Thousand Miles,” I instinctively recall the comedic genius of Terry Crews and his role in the movie “White Chicks.” See the video below for a quick laugh.

You may also know Terry Crews for his amazing advertising campaign with Old Spice. This compilation of all his ads has over 13 million views.

Or you may remember him from his role as the father to a young Chris Rock in the sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris.”

Or you may recognize him as Sergeant Terry on the award-winning show, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

However you remember him, it’s hard to deny that he’s full of energy, charisma and knows how to make people laugh.

What many people don’t know is that he is also a talented artist and self-development junkie.

He is an alumnus of the world-famous “Interlochen Arts Camp.” In fact, during some tempestuous financial times, he would paint portraits of his NFL teammates and sell it to them for a profit. Below are two paintings done by Terry Crews.

Nowadays, he’s parlaying his illustrating talents to design furniture. He’s even released a contemporary furniture collection with Bernhardt Design

Terry Crews’ sketch for the “Lilypad”

Terry Crews sitting in the chair of one of his “Lilypad” designs.

It begs the question is, “What can’t Terry Crews do?”

Terry Crews is obsessed with constantly learning, evolving, growing and being better. He’s listened to tons of self-help audio books and read his fair share of personal development books. Fun fact: His favorite personal development book is “The Master Key System,” by Charles F. Haanel. *Adds to ever-growing books I want to read*

In a recent Podcast on the Tim Ferriss show (click the link to stream the episode), he mentioned that he wants to be a “Motivational Doer.” He aspires  to inspire and motivate others to take action by seeing him take action.

With that mentality, it’s no surprise that his autobiography is filled with inspirational quotes on life, success and mandhood. Below are 30+ inspirational quotes gathered from his autobiography, “Manhood: How to Be a Better Man-or Just Live with One

Inspirational Quotes from Terry Crews – Manhood

“I loved to draw, but quickly learned there’s nothing that comes naturally to us. We may have interests and desires, but we still have to work hard to improve our abilities.” – Terry Crews

“All a kid needs is one good word from someone he believes. It’s not necessary to have anything more than that.” – Terry Crews

“When you’re coming up in the world, sometimes you’ve got to do things you don’t enjoy.” – Terry Crews

“But how many young people believe the limiting things they’re told? That’s why we’ve got to define our circumstances for ourselves. I’m telling you, our sense of ourselves is all we have in this world.”– Terry Crews

“From now on, I’m taking my shot…No matter what, I’m taking my shot.”– Terry Crews

No is negotiable. I can actually change where I go and how I get there. I can actually make my way over to the other side. It’s up to me.”– Terry Crews

“The reality is you get zero points for intentions.”– Terry Crews

“What I’ve discovered as I’ve worked to finally grow up and become a better person, while making peace with my past, is that anger can trick us.”– Terry Crews

“If we don’t let our anger go naturally, it can become an offense we hold on to that blinds us, clouding our ability to see our own behavior clearly and causing us to become helpless.”– Terry Crews

“Dreams do come true. It takes a lot of work. But it can happen.”- Terry Crews

“I needed to be broken. Because the moment when you’re broken is the moment when you can see what’s really happening.– Terry Crews

“I always tell people it’s the wrong approach to feel like we need to go to the gym to get in shape. Rather, we should adopt the attitude because we’re in shape, we must go to the gym.”– Terry Crews

“When my alarm went off in the morning, before I could be crushed beneath the weight of the day’s many stresses, I took a moment to think: I’m alive. I’m alive. I can keep going as long as I’m alive.”– Terry Crews

“We determine our core value. We do. And we have to keep that value strong, no matter what.”– Terry Crews

“I decided everything was going to be a learning experience, and I was going to make good use of every single moment of every single day.”– Terry Crews

“I don’t care, you can laugh all you want, I’m giving it all I’ve got, and when we go home at the end of the day, we’ll see who’s laughing then.”– Terry Crews

“The comedy of it is that if we hadn’t been starving, I would never have tried acting at all. That’s why I always say our struggle makes us who we are.”– Terry Crews

“You take action based on where you want to be, not based on where you are.”– Terry Crews

“Don’t do anything that will take me down. If you’re feeling bad, do something to make yourself feel good.”– Terry Crews

“I’ve had pity parties that rivaled New Year’s Eve, but the thing about the pity party is that no one else ever comes to your pity party.– Terry Crews

“Of course, Fashion starts inside, and not just within fitness and your body, but also with self-love, but it’s all tied together, and it helps. When we wear something that looks great on us, or something we feel good in, which is even more important, our whole image of ourselves changes.”– Terry Crews

“If there was one thing I knew I wanted to do, it was grow, constantly, forever.”– Terry Crews

“Just like I’d created a net-negative vortex before, when I’d become consumed by my negativity and insecurity, now I created a net-positive vortex. It literally started in my heart and grew until that was one of the best experiences of my life.”– Terry Crews

“Every experience I have in my life begins in my head, and it’s up to me to be positive, and learn, and grow, and make it all worthwhile.”– Terry Crews

“We’ll spend all the time we can find on our careers. But we need to be spending more time studying how to be a great husband, how to be a great father, how to be a great man.”– Terry Crews

“But trying to be perfect will leave you empty-handed, whereas trying to do your best will keep you fulfilled.”– Terry Crews

The best you can do is always good. I realized you don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be faithful in you attempts.”– Terry Crews

“Once I began to have compassion for myself, and my family, and everyone I encounter, it changed everything.”– Terry Crews

“I’ve learned to validate another person’s feelings, and validate who they are, without losing anything of myself or letting my boundaries be compromised.”– Terry Crews

“I can’t tell you how happy I am that it wasn’t too late to change and be forgiven.”– Terry Crews

“For some men, pride will never let them admit they were wrong. That’s why pride is the gift that keeps on talking.”– Terry Crews

“My mantra is: Humble yourself. Discover what your monsters are. Be honest with yourself.”– Terry Crews

“And that’s the real secret to manhood: having the courage to be man enough to support the ones who make you great.”– Terry Crews

Terry Crews knows knows how to make you laugh, and he will inspire you in the process. Which quote was your favorite? Let me know in comment section below!

-KG

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