He's an actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood" and is the most bankable star worldwide according to Forbes. He's worth over $250 million. He's Will Smith and here are his Top 10 rules for Success.
Will Smith’s Top 10 Rules for Success
(Will Smith in movie scene) “Don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. Alright?”
(Jaden Smith) Alright.
(Will Smith) “You got a dream? You got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something? Go get it. Period.”
“We didn’t grow up with the sense that, where we were was where we were going to be. We grew up with the sense that, where we were almost didn’t matter, because we were becoming something greater. ”
“There’s a concept that I don’t want to be an icon. I want to be an idea. I want to represent an idea. I want to represent possibilities. I want to represent magic. That you’re in the universe, and two plus two equals four. Two plus two only equals four if you accept that two plus two equals four. Two plus two is going to be what I want it to be. And there is a redemptive power that making a choice has. And rather than feeling like you are an effect to all the things that are happening, 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. One of my favorite books is The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho. That’s just, I just believe that. I believe that I can create whatever I want to create. If I can put my head on it right, study it, learn the patterns. And, you know, it’s hard to put it in the words, real metaphysical esoteric nonsense. But I feel really strongly that we are who we choose to be.”
“Difference between depression and joy, I think is 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. And I think that, that kind of purpose, to live in service, not to you, but to live in service to humanity, to live in service to your family, to live in service to your church, to your city, to your country, to the world. Living in service is that I feel like that is the purest form of joy.”
“Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, God-like 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. I know who I am, and that’s all I need to know. So from there, you do what you need to do. And I think what happens is, we make the situation more complex than it has to be.”
“The road to success is through commitment, and through the strength to drive through that commitment when it gets hard. And it is going to get hard, and you’re going to want to quit some times, but it will be colored by who you are. And more of who you want to be. I definitely found that wanting to be an actor stems from wanting to be somebody, and wanting to say something to people.”
“The only thing that I can see that you can never look at yourself, the only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is, I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will run. I will not be outworked. Period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me. You might be all of those things that you got it on me in nine categories, but if we get on the treadmill together, there is two things; you’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple. So, let’s go back to the question about whether people block me out. It’s going to be two options; I’m going to get back in, or I’m going to be dead. You are not going to outwork me. It’s such a simple basic concept. The guy who is willing to hustle the most, is going to be a guy that just gets that loose ball. It’s going to be out of balance, but he saved it back in. It’s like the commodity that I see the majority of people who aren’t getting the places they want, or aren’t achieving the things that they want, and this business is strictly based on hustle. Strictly based on being outworked. Strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. I say it all the time, if you stay ready you ain’t got to get ready.”
“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel at their dreams. Talent you get naturally, skill is only developed by hours, and hours, and hours of beating on your craft. There is no easy way around it. No matter how talented you are, your talent is going to fail you if you are not skilled. If you don’t study, if you don’t work really hard, and dedicate yourself to being better every single day.”
(Will Smith) “ I’m motivated by fear.”
(Interviewer) Fear of what?
(Will Smith) “Fear of fear. I hate being scared to do something. I hate that feeling, the feeling that I had before I had a meeting with Quincy Jones. It was really Quincy Jones and a guy named Benny Medina, and Jeff Polly that came with the idea for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And I hated being scared. Like that I didn’t want to even take the meeting. There were opportunities during my first year as a rapper. Bill Cosby and the people in the Cosby show had seen my music video, and called me to come and try out for the Cosby show. And just, every time it was set up, for some reason, I couldn’t make it. The fear, I hated, I just hated being scared to do something. And I think what developed in my early days was the attitude that I started attacking things that I was scared of.”
(Lou Smith) You a better man than me? You happy? Now, are you going to tell Will or not?
(Uncle Phil) I’m not going to do your dirty work for you.
(Lou Smith) Fine. I will call him from the road.
(Will Smith enters the room)
(Will Smith) Daddy-O, what’s up?
(Lou Smith) Will, I’m glad you’re here. Umm, some business came up I got to handle. So we’re going to have to put our trip on hold. You understand?
(Will Smith) Yeah, that’s cool, that’s cool.
(Lou Smith) Just for a couple weeks.
(Will Smith) I understand.
(Lou Smith) Maybe a little longer.
(Will Smith) Yeah, whatever, whatever.
(Lou Smith) Look, I will call you next week, and we’ill iron out the details.
(Will Smith) Yeah, Okay, okay.
(Lou Smith) It was great seeing you son.
(Will Smith) You too, Lou.
(Lou Smith leaves the room)
(Uncle Phil) I’m sorry Will.
(Will Smith) You know what, actually this works out better for me you know.
(Uncle Phil) Will it’s alright to be angry.
(Will Smith) Hey, why should I be mad? At least he said goodbye this time. I just wish I hadn’t wasted my money buying him this stupid present.
(Will Smith) I’m sorry, you know, if there was something that I can do ...
(Will Smith) Hey you know what, you ain’t got to do nothing uncle Phil. Ain’t like I’m still five years old. Ain’t like I’m going to be sitting up every night asking my mom when is daddy coming home? Who needs him? Hey, he wasn’t there to teach me how to shoot my first basket, but I learned didn’t I? And I got pretty damn good at it too, didn’t I uncle Phil? Got through my first date without him, I learned how to drive, I learned how to shave, I learned how to fight without him. I had 14 great birthdays without him he never even sent me a damn card. To hell with him! I didn’t need him then, and I don’t need him now.
(Uncle Phil) Will…
(Will Smith) No, you know what Uncle Phil? I’m going to get through college without him. I’m going to get a great job without him. I’m going to marry me a beautiful honey and I’m having me a whole bunch of kids, I’ll be a better father that he ever was. And I sure as hell don’t need him for that, because there ain’t a damn thing he can ever teach me about how to love my kids…
… How come he don’t want me man?
(Will cries, and Uncle Phil hugs him)