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Will Smith Quotes

Will Smith On Success

Will Smith quotes: advice from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air turned rapper turned movie megastar, Will Smith.

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”

“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill.  I will not be out-worked, 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.  But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: you’re getting off first, or I’m going to die.  It’s really that simple.”

“I wake up every morning believing today is going to be better than yesterday.”

“If you’re absent during my struggle, don’t expect to be present during my success.”

“I want to be the person that is the first person there and the last person to leave.  That’s who I want to be, because I think 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 sometimes, but it’ll be colored by who you are, and more by who you want to be.”

“Whatever your dream is, every extra penny you have needs to be going to that.”

“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.”

“There have been gazillions of people that have lived before all of us.  There’s no new problem you could have – with your parents, with school, with a bully – there’s no new problem that someone hasn’t already had and written a book about.”

“I want the world to be better because I was here.”

“In my mind, I’ve always been an A-list Hollywood superstar.  Y’all just didn’t know it yet.”

“If you don’t fight for what you want, don’t cry for what you lost.”

“The first step is you have to say that you can.”

“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.”

“Life is lived on the edge.”

“For me, there is nothing more valuable than how people feel in a movie theater about a movie.”

“I never viewed myself as particularly talented.  Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic.  You know, while the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working.”

“So if you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready, and that is how I run my life.”

“If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you are wasting your time.  Your life will become better by making other people’s lives better.”

“Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.”

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

“I don’t know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason.  I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived.”

“A rapper is about being completely true to yourself.  Being an actor is about changing who you are.”

“If you’re not willing to work hard, let someone else do it.  I’d rather be with someone who does a horrible job, but gives 110% than with someone who does a good job and gives 60%.”

“I’m a student of patterns.  At heart, I’m a physicist.  I look at everything in my life as trying to find the single equation, the theory of everything.”

“When you create art, the world has to wait.”

“Smiling is the best way to face every problem, to crush every fear, and to hide every pain.”

“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions.”

“Life isn’t how many breaths you take, but it’s the moments that take your breath away.”

“Don’t chase people.  Be yourself, do your own thing, and work hard.  The right people – the ones who really belong in your life – will come to you.  And stay.”

“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things.  Talent you have naturally.  Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.”

“I have a great time with my life and I wanna share it.”

“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something.  You got a dream, you gotta protect it.  When people can’t do something themselves, they are going to tell you that you can’t do it.  You want something, go get it.  Period.”

“The things that have been most valuable to me I did not learn in school.”

“Fear is not real.  The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future.  It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present, and may not ever exist.  Do not misunderstand me – danger is very real – but fear is a choice.”

“I’ve trained myself to illuminate the things in my personality that are likable and to hide and protect the things that are less likeable.”

“Never underestimate the pain of a person, because in all honesty, everyone is struggling.  Some people are just better at hiding it than others.”

“Sometimes you have to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains, and look forward to what’s coming next.”

“I know how to learn anything I want to learn.  I absolutely know that I could learn how to fly the space shuttle because someone else knows how to fly it, and they put it in a book.  Give me the book, and I do not need somebody to stand up in front of the class.”

“If it was something that I really committed myself to, I don’t think there’s anything that could stop me from becoming president of the United States.”

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