Who does not know Will Smith?
Just in case you have been living in a cave since the 1980s, Willard Carroll “Will” Smith, Jr. is a world renowned rapper, TV sitcom personality, and a successful movie actor.
Born in September 25, 1968, Will Smith first encountered fame in the late 1980s as a rapper called The Fresh Prince.
He eventually starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990, which gave him even more limelight.
After the show went on for six years, Will Smith then moved to films.
One of his unforgettable movie breaks was Men In Black, and its sequel just enjoyed another blockbuster treatment recently.
Fast forward to 2007, he was dubbed by Newsweek as the most powerful actor in Hollywood.
He has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.
Add to that the fact that he is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, and 11 consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally.
He is also the only one to have eight consecutive films in which he starred open at #1 spot in the domestic box office tally.
With all of these achievements lined up, what do you think makes a person like Will Smith even possible and existing?
The answer, apart from talent, is hard work.
A guy like Will Smith obviously has talent.
It is evident in the recognitions he has been getting for the past decades as a movie actor.
But it is more of hard work that Will Smith credits his success to.
In fact, Will Smith does not think his talents are exceptional.
He believes he only belongs in the above average bracket when it comes to talent, in which many people — Hollywood or not — could also belong to.
Will Smith believes his “sickening” work ethics was his ultimate key to the success he is enjoying today.
In an interview years ago, Will Smith said “when one guy sleeps, I work. While another man eats, I work.”
While it is not advisable to literally starve yourself to work, we think we all know what Will Smith meant by his answer in the interview.
He was persistent in achieving his goals and didn’t stop until all of them came true.
He didn’t slack off or indulged too much in free time — he devoted much of his time in honing his skills and career.
Many people get the misconception that talent is the magic bullet for all of the successes in this world.
But if this overwhelmingly talented person lacks the initiative to become even better and work hard, talent will most likely go down the drain.
Complacency because we think we have enough talent and skills should be prevented if you do not want a stagnant career.
There will always be someone better than you, regardless if during this time, he or she is still in another part of the world.
So if you do not work harder, you might be surprised how other people will overtake your road to success.