I love Will Smith. His movie The Pursuit of Happyness is one of my favourites. The above video clips show him speaking about his life, his work, his talent and his mission and I have done my best to capture what he said below.
21 Things Will Smith Wants to Share:
- Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, godlike feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It’s something that truly exists in all of us. It’s very simple: this is what I believe and I’m willing to die for it. Period. It’s that simple. From there you do what you need to do.
- We grew up with the sense that were we were didn’t matter because we were becoming something greater.
- The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally, skill you only develop by hours and hours of beating on your craft.
- I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is … ridiculous, sickening work ethic. While the other guys sleeping, I’m working. While the other guy is eating, I’m working.
- There’s no easy way round it. Your talent is going to fail you if you’re not skilled.
- The only think that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me but if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: you’re getting off before me or I’m going to die – it’s really that simple.
- You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say “I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.” You don’t start there. You say, “I’m gong to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid” and you do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.
- I want to do good. I want the world to be better because I was here.
- I want my life, I want my work, my family, I want it to mean something. If you are not making someone else’s life better then you are wasting your time.
- I want to represent the idea that you really can make what you want … I believe I can create whatever I want to create.
- The first step, before anybody else in the world believes it is you have to believe it. There’s no need to have a Plan B because it distracts from Plan A.
- Confucius said, “he who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right.”
- Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity. Why would you be realistic?
- It’s unrealistic to walk into a room and flip a switch and lights come on. That’s unrealistic, but fortunately Edison didn’t think so.
- It’s unrealistic to think you’re going to bend a piece of metal and fly people over an ocean. That’s unrealistic, but fortunately the Wright brothers and others didn’t believe that.
- Our thoughts, feelings and dreams are physical within the universe.
- Make a choice. You just decide what it’s going to be, who you’re going to be, how you’re going to do it. Just decide and from that point the universe is going to get out of your way.
- It takes a desperate obsessive focus you really got to focus with all of your fibre and all of your heart and all of your creativity.
- I’m motivated by fear … I started attacking things I was scared of.
- You can’t be scared to die for the truth. The truth is the only thing that’s ever going to be constant.
- Don’t ever let somebody tell you can’t do something. You have got a dream; you’ve got to protect it. People who can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you, “You can’t do it.” You want something? Go get it. Period!
“I have a great time with my life and I want to share it. I love living. I think that’s infectious. It’s something that you can’t fake.” – Will Smith
P.S. The book that Will Smith recommended in the above clip is available here: The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho