Video Find: Will Smith’s Philosophy and Wisdom

“It’s very simple: This is what I believe and I’m willing to die for it.” – Will’s advice on how to achieve greatness.

Will Smith always struck me as the modern day Paul Newman. A man who made sure his family, morals and purpose never became derailed by fame. Remarkable feat with all the other crass happenings going on in Hollywood. This video is collection of clips explaining what Will stands strong for.

Below are the quotes that stuck out to me:

Talent you have naturally, skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft.

I’ve never viewed myself as particularly talented, where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic. While the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working, while the other guy’s eating, I’m working.

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

I want my life, my family and my work to mean something. If you are not making someone else’s life better than you are wasting your time. Your life will become better by making others lives better.

I want to represent an idea, I want to represent possibilities.

There’s no reason to have a plan B – because it distracts from plan A.

There’s a certain delusional quality that all successful people have to have, you have to believe that something different than what has happened for the last 50 million years of history, you have to believe that something different can happen.

Being realistic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocrity, why would you be realistic? I’m gonna do it, it’s done. It’s unrealistic to walk in a room and flip a switch and lights to come on. That’s unrealistic, fortunately Edison didn’t think so.

I’m motivated by fear, fear of fear, I hate being scared to do something. I started attacking things that I was scared of.

You can’t be scared to die for the truth. The truth is the only thing that is ever going to be constant.