How Will Smith Became Successful and How You Could Too

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In 1985 Will Smith & Jeffrey Townes formed the group DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. 4 years later they won the first ever Grammy award in rap category. Will Smith, born in 1968, became a millionaire before his 20s.

But he nearly went bankrupt. Will Smith spent a lot on a house, cars & jewelry. Luckily he met Benny Medina, who had an idea for a sitcom. Will Smith & Jeffrey Townes became the stars of The Fresh Prince Of Bell Air from 1990 to 1996.

Will Smith used the success of the show to launch his acting career. Bad Boys in 1995. Independence Day in 1996. Men in Black in 1997. Ali in 2001. I, Robot in 2004. And now I Am Legend.

According to Forbes, Will Smith is one of Hollywood’s best investment: for each dollar he gets paid, his movies bring in $10 of gross income.


How Did He Do It?
Here’s a video of Will Smith explaining what he thinks is the key to life, and I’d say of his own success. Music “For Da Love of Da Game” by Dj Jazzy Jeff. Watch the video before reading the rest of the post.

Will Smith – Running & Reading (The Key to Life)


Reading
. You have 2 ways to learn skills: study & practice. It takes long to build experience through practice. You might also not know where to start. Study is faster: read what successful people did & copy them.

When I started in movies, I said, “I want to be the biggest movie star in the world.” The biggest movie stars make the biggest movies, so I looked at the top 10 movies of all time. At that point, they were all special-effects movies. So Independence Day, no-brainer. Men in Black, no-brainer. I, Robot, no-brainer. – Will Smith

Read at least one book per month. That’s 12 books per year. You’ll see how much smarter you’ll become than the average population. And remember knowledge is only power if applied.


Running
. Replace running by strength training. You know that voice Will Smith talks about. It’s the voice in your head that tells you:

Reader Caim posted:

There was a time when I did that, i let a voice in my head tell me what to do (laziness, excuses…). And I realised that did not only happen with workouts.

So as i was analyzing those things in life/workouts i get the conclusion that easy is almost always the “bad” choice.

I see a very strong connection between workouts and how you run your life. I can tell about someones character by training with him.

Become successful in strength training and you’ll become successful in business, career, finance, anything. And the other way around. Because you will have learned that persistence is key to success.

“Learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life”. Strength training pushes your limits. It teaches you life is hard. Your mind will get stronger as your body gets stronger. It takes time, but it will happen. If not, you’re not ready yet.

The key to life: running strength training & reading.

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