Lessons From Will Smith

Will smith outworked

Today I want­ed to sim­ply share a video I enjoyed watch­ing recent­ly. I’ve long admired Will Smith for a num­ber of rea­sons. I came across a video some­one made stitch­ing togeth­er numer­ous inter­view clips of Smith talk­ing about per­se­ver­ance, work eth­ic, tal­ent, and more.

Here are a few of the quotes that I par­tic­u­lar­ly enjoyed:

If you’re not mak­ing some­one else’s life bet­ter, you’re wast­ing your time.

Your life will become bet­ter by mak­ing oth­er lives better.

I want to do good. I want the world to be bet­ter because I was here.

And I love his dis­tinc­tion between tal­ent and skill. My friend RJ told me this a few years ago and it’s great to hear Will Smith’s take on it too. He said, Tal­ent you have nat­u­ral­ly. Skill is only devel­oped by hours and hours and hours of beat­in’ on your craft.”

The video is less than 10 min­utes long. I think you’ll enjoy it. There’s one sec­tion I didn’t quote that real­ly res­onat­ed with me. Watch the video to catch where he talks about his per­spec­tive of realism.

If you take some time to watch it, I’d love to know what you think. Just shoot me a note.

Published on April 12, 2016

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