Becoming successful like will Smith doesn’t come overnight, you have to work towards it.
Will Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 25th September 1968. Smith’s mother was a school board administrator, and his father a refrigerator engineer.
He has three siblings; his older sister Pamela, and younger twins Harry and Ellen.
Smith went to Overbrook High School and did get offered a scholarship at MIT, which he turned down because he had no intentions of going to college. His dream was to become a rapper, and that’s what he set out to do.
Will Smith recalled when he watched the movie Star Wars for the first time, he did not believe it was possible for a movie to move people that much. When he decided to be a world-class movie actor, he understood that he needs a desperate, obsessive focus to excel on the movies that he would appear in. He realized that it was difficult to achieve success if he was doing multiple things. In order to be successful, he believed he needs to focus with all of his heart, his creativity, and all of the fiber of his being.
2. Broaden Your Horizons
He could have just stuck with rap; a lot of people do. Instead, Smith moved into Television. From there, he starred in movie roles, and it was then that he started to become a major success.
Broaden your horizons, and don’t be afraid to continuously try new things. You see this repeatedly with successful individuals. They start out doing one thing, and towards the end of the career they’re doing other things which are closely related.
3. Improve Yourself
Smith stated that the concept of improving lives is a central principle in everything he does in his life. He also realized that one way to improve lives is to continually improve one’s self. Reflecting on the words of the Buddha, he stated that every day when he gets out of bed, he is continually driven to do what he possibly can to elevate his mind, elevate his spirit, and take care of his body to improve himself. He stated that in this way, he is able to love other people as effectively as possible.
4. Forget Plan B
Smith says that when you create a “Plan B”, it distracts you from “Plan A”, and he’s right. If you have a backup plan for your life, and you’ve spent energy creating it, you’ll have already lost focus on your main plan. Not only that, but you won’t be too upset if it fails, because you have a backup.
Forget about creating a backup plan, stay on course towards your dream life.
5. Work Harder than Everybody Else
Smith said he works incredibly hard, and we believe him. In fact, when he was on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, whilst others went home or took breaks, he would be studying his lines. It’s that kind of work ethic which has catapulted him to the top of the ladder.
6. Be Comfortable With Anything
Smith advised people that it is okay to be vulnerable in front of anybody. People should be comfortable looking silly or with making mistakes. He believed that when he allowed people to see what usually is uncomfortable, he also started to gain access to things that he did not realize he had access to. Especially in front of the camera, it is impossible to hide anything. So, people should be comfortable with anything, especially for him as an actor, having to do the roles he needed to do.
7. Make A Choice
You just decide what is going to be, who you are going to be, how you are going to do it. Just decide. And from that point, the universe is going to get out of your way. It’s water, it wants to move and go around stuff. So for me, I want to represent possibilities, I want to represent the idea that you really can make what you want.
8. Laugh At Everything
Will recalled that there was a time when he was preparing for a role in a film when his father was diagnosed with a terminal disease. His father was given 6 weeks to live. However, his father lived for 4 months before succumbing to his illness. He remembered laughing with his father, who was embarrassed for telling people that he only had 6 weeks to live but was still alive after several months. He said that in looking at life, he was always trying to find the funny side of it. In that time of his life, it was helpful to him to remember to be ready to laugh at everything, and to be with people that makes him laugh.
9. Know That You Can
When giving an speech after accepting the 1999 NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year, Will Smith recalled hearing his parents tell him that he can be whatever he wants to be. And he believed it, doing what he wanted to do in life. He went out and worked and talked with people believing that he deserved that opportunity just like anybody else. He then encouraged people listening, especially the children, to really believed it in their hearts that they can be whatever they want to be.
10. Live Life Without Fear
Will Smith suggested that people should take a daily confrontation with fear. He pointed out that fear is usually associated with lies. He recalled an experience of having to go skydiving. He told the audience how fearful he was the night before the dive, the drive to the airport, up to the point before jumping out of a plane. He then realized that immediately after jumping was a most blissful feeling. He found out that the point of maximum danger is the point of minimum fear. There was no reason to be fearful prior to jumping off the plane. Fear just ruin people’s day. He believed that the best things in life are on the other side, with fear preventing people to go over.
11. Provide Value
Smith tells his son Jaden that the greatest thing in his career was probably the commitment to constantly put something of value to the world. Looking good or making himself appear to the world as someone desirable was not his goal in life. So he advised his son that as long as he can focus to deliver his art, his self, his energy and ideas for the world to be better, he would have something great to look back on.
12. Express Positive Energy
Smith once told reporters that he made a t-shirt with the words ‘positive energy is part of your job description.’ In describing his approach not only towards work but also life in general, he stated that he always express positive energy. The reason for this is that he believed that it is contagious. When he shows up for work expressing it, some of the people whom he meets may catch the positivity, and then brings it home to their families as well. So, it is important for him to express it at every time and at every turn.
13. Don’t Chase The Money
Will Smith stated that in his experience, when people do things for money, they make bad choices. However, when people do what they love, they learn how to make money doing what they love. He explained that when he changed career, he was not doing it to have more money, but he was doing it to do something he loved more. That is the way to keep the passion. He advised others that when given the choice, they should pick the one they loved doing more. If not, it will tear them apart.
14. Have A Purpose
Difference between depression and joy, I think is a purpose. It’s like when you wake up in the morning, and your life means something to somebody other than you. That you have a purpose. If you don’t go do the thing that you’re going to do, people lives will suffer.
15. Have Fun
Will Smith once stated that it was natural for him to go to comedy. When he appeared in the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, he was introduced three times, because after the first and second time, he told Fallon that the audience deserved a better entrance from him. After walking on the stage the first time, he then reappeared inside a huge plastic bubble on the second time, and appeared dancing onto the stage from something like a disco dance line from the 70’s show Soul Train.
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