After writing my last blog on The Pursuit of Happyness, I became inspired and decided to research more on Will Smith. He gives absolutely incredible advice on how to be a successful leader and how to truly make a positive impact on your own life and on other lives as well. I found this awesome website that took me to a mash-up video and an article called 8 Secrets to Success From the Perspective of Will Smith.
One thing that Will Smith shared in the video that I found really interesting was a piece of his childhood. His father tore down a brick wall on the front of his business one summer and told twelve year old Will along with his nine year old brother at the time to rebuild it. Will and his brother told their father that rebuilding the wall would be impossible, but a year and a half later the new wall was complete. The lesson behind this was to never say you can’t do something without trying first, and trying again. Even if your goal will take a while to achieve, you should work as hard as possible towards it anyway because time will move whether you are working hard or not at all.
The 8 “secrets” to success that Will Smith shared with us is this:
1. Greatness is a matter of choice
-Life is all about choices. You can chose to be great or you can chose not to be. It’s that simple.
2. Believe to achieve
-In order to achieve anything in life, you have to believe that you can do it because if you don’t believe in yourself, then who will?
3. Talent is overrated
-Talent means nothing without skill. You can have the greatest talent in the world, but if you don’t work hard and try to better yourself, then there is nothing truly there.
4. Don’t over complicate things
-By over complicating things, you give yourself the opportunity to make up excuses for why something can’t be done. If you look at things more simply, you can put forth your best work each day and eventually the overall goal will be achieved successfully.
5. Where you are doesn’t matter
-Where you are now in life does not matter, it’s where you are going that is important.
6. Focus on making a difference
-You need to focus on making a difference in someones life, otherwise you’ll lose motivation over time to be the best you can be.
7. Nothing is unrealistic
-Thinking realistically will hinder innovation and growth.
8. Our thoughts are physical in the universe
-Take the universe and make it what you want it to be, decide who you want to be, and go for it.