The Successful Mind Podcast - Full Throttle Thursday - The Power of Will Smith

The Successful Mind Podcast – Episode 465 – Full Throttle Thursday – The Power of Will Smith

​​**Spoiler: If you plan on reading Will, please come back to this episode after you’ve read the book. We will be discussing some specific details in today’s episode.**


Today we’re diving into Will Smith’s career, his new autobiography, and how he “gets” universal truth. Will Smith is one of the biggest movie stars in the world, having been in eight #1 movies in a row—a record. His success was entirely orchestrated. It didn’t happen by accident, chance, or luck.

From an early age, his father taught him what to be, and what not to be. His father put discipline into his subconscious mind very early on, and this carried him far.

In this episode, BT and I discuss:


    • The story of the wall—how Will’s dad had him and his brother build a wall that seemed impossible to finish, yet they did it in a year by laying one brick at a time
    • In order to pull off what you set out to do, you must have discipline and “lay each brick perfectly” (this follows the law of cause and effect)
    • How a trip to the Five & Dime to pick up cigarettes for his dad taught Will, “When you’re given a mission, you either you complete the mission or you die”
    • The birth of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and why you must be in the right place at the right time, always ready for the opportunity
    • How saying, “I can’t do this; I’m not ready” is a way to pass up life-changing opportunities
    • How role in The Matrix might have gone to Will Smith instead of Keanu Reeves
    • The advice Arnold Schwarzenegger gave to Will when asked, “I want to be the best movie star in the world—what do I do?”


Everything in life changes, and you need to prepare yourself BEFORE it changes, so that you’re not stuck in a down cycle. You can’t just rest on your laurels. Will Smith is consistently preparing himself for the next thing, while knowing that nothing he’s currently doing will last forever. 

I highly recommend reading Will, the autobiography. Do yourself a favor and get the audio version of it, because he sings and does all sorts of fun voices.


Links & Resources

The Successful Mind Podcast on YouTube – Episode 465 – Full Throttle Thursday – The Power of Will

5 Secrets to Will Smith’s Success

Will by Will Smith

The Best Shape of My Life

The Oprah Conversation: Will Smith

Red Table Talk

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Everything in life changes, and you need to prepare yourself BEFORE it changes. Words to live by, along with listening to these previously released episodes from The Successful Mind Podcast

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