One of the more popular posts on this site is “Why You Aren’t A Millionaire.” I wrote the article to explain the mindset of people who haven’t and probably won’t become wealthy. I’ll be honest, man…I was super annoyed with people because they would come up to me and say things like “Yo Mac, make sure you let me know when you get there big guy.” Even now while writing this, I still have people come up to me (like a friggin’ couch potato) and criticize self made success’s and those who have dreams to do so. Crazy amirite?? Then as if to just to rub it in, they ask me, “okay, Mr “Ijustwanttobewealthy,” how do I become rich?” Normally I don’t waste my time with this sort of sarcastic questioning, so naturally I just wrote a blog post about it. 🙂 Really, for me, it’s simple…”be obsessed.” That’s it, be obsessed, now obviously I’m not talking about psycho, stalker obsession. The second definition, “an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.” Be obsessed with success! If you really want to make it, if you really want to be rich, wealthy, happy, successful, funny, healthy, whatever…be obsessed until you accomplish it (whatever your “it” is).
That being said, I get it…lately Netflix, my couch, and a bag of popcorn keep calling my name (yes I know, I just got done criticizing couch potatoes but I gotta keep real with you guys, haha). So due to fear of not accomplishing my dreams and becoming one of them ^^^ I’ve decided to start learning from the people who are considered the hardest workers in their respective industries. Men and women who are obsessed with being successful, because if I want to be like them I should do what they do right? So, here’s the first post in the “Be Obsessed with Success” series to learn from the hardest workers in the game.
Let me know if these are beneficial so I know to keep doing them (also if you have a suggestion of a hustler you’d like to learn more about comment below).
**My hope for this series isn’t to aggrandize these people but to simply show what made them successful in certain aspects of their lives.
Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t
To be honest there are tons of actors and actresses that could be on this list, the reason I chose Will Smith (besides the fact I enjoy his movies) is because while doing research on Kevin Hart (coming soon) I found an article that compared the work ethic between the two. This naturally led me to doing my own research on Will. I’ll just say it, the guy is. off. the. CHARTS!
Think about Will’s movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” it wasn’t about his life but the message portrayed his real beliefs. Remember the part where he tells his son that he’ll never be good enough to play basketball and his son says “okay”…remember Will’s response?
“Don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. Alright? …You gotta dream, you gotta protect it.”
Will Smith was (well he still is) a dreamer, but then again we all are to some extent, right? When he was young his parents separated (didn’t actually divorce until much later), he had a rough upbringing in West Philadelphia, almost went bankrupt in his early 20s after becoming a rap super star, and went through his own divorce. Let me recap… 1.) Rough upbringing with parents separated. 2.) Had success as a rapper, but lost most of his wealth because of his free spending, 3.) Got a divorce after having a kid? Most of us give up if we have to get up an hour earlier than usual (I’m guilty, ZZZzzzzz), of course I wouldn’t be writing this if Will had…he didn’t, and is now worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Know your dreams, visualize success
It’s so interesting the way Will thinks, it’s hard to explain. I guess I would compare it to someone like Walt Disney or J.K. Rowling who believes in (for lack of a better word) magic, like anything is possible. He’s says things like…decide what you want to be then stop at nothing to do it. Will was asked in an interview about becoming an “Icon.” He said that wasn’t his goal, his goal was to represent an idea or possibility that anyone can do what they want to do.
“I don’t want to be an Icon. I wanna be an idea, I wanna represent an idea, I wanna represent possibilities. I wanna represent magic, right, that you’re in a universe and 2 + 2 = 4. 2 + 2 only equals 4 if you accept that 2 + 2 = 4. 2 + 2 is gonna to be what I want it to be. You know, and, there’s a redemptive power that making a choice has…rather than feeling like you’re at an effect to all the things that are happening. Make a choice, like, JUST DECIDE…what it’s gonna to be, who you gonna be, how you gonna do it. Just decide! And then from that point the universe is gonna get out your way, it’s like water, it wants to move and go around stuff. So for me I wanna represent possibilities, I wanna represent the idea that you really can make what you want…I believe that I can create whatever I wanna create, if I can put my head on it right, study it, learn the patterns…I feel very strongly that we are who we choose to be.”
I really believe that Will has always seen the life he imagined, even at a young age. In another interview he said that as a kid, with his friends, they felt it didn’t really matter where they were, because they always felt that where they were wasn’t going to be where they ended up. And of course…it didn’t.
“The first step is you have to say that you can.”
Work, Work, Work
Man, let me tell you, Will Smith has some mic drop quotes. Seriously though, when I started writing this section I was going to add my insight, you know…what I learned, etc. Then I started reading quote, after quote, after quote. So instead of getting in the way, I’m going to just write what he said. This section is titled “Work, Work, Work” so yeah…these quotes are about work.
“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is, that I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill…I WILL NOT BE OUTWORKED, 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, you got it on me in nine categories, but if we get on the treadmill together there’s two things: You’re getting off first or I’m gonna die, it’s really that simple…You’re not going to outwork me…The guy who is willing to hustle the most is going to be the guy that just gets that loose ball…If you stay ready, then you ain’t gotta get ready.”
Not just any work…deep work, the kind of work that someone who is obsessed with success would do.
“The road to success is through commitment and through the strength to drive through that commitment when it gets hard, and it’s gonna get hard and you’re gonna want to quit sometimes.”
If you watch closely to some of the earlier episodes of his hit show “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” he mouths the words of everybody’s lines? He wanted the series to succeed so bad and wanted to do such a good job that he memorized the ENTIRE script. *It got so bad that the directors told him he had to stop it.* Will wanted to be successful more than anything.
“I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented I viewed myself as slightly above average in talent and where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic. You know, while the other guy sleepin’…I’m workin’…While the other guy is eatin’…I’m workin’.”
Take it one step at a time
Will’s father was an electrician and refrigeration man. When Will was young his father wanted him and his brother to build a new wall for their shop. His father completely tore down a wall that was probably 16 feet by 30 feet. Will and his brother then proceeded to dig a 6 foot hole for the foundation and fill it with concrete mixed by hand. For the next year and a half they built that wall. Will said he remember stepping back and thinking “there is going to be a hole here forever!” A year and a half later they laid the final brick and his father said…”Don’t y’all never tell me, that you can’t do somethin’.” The grind is real, building your own business is tough, finding your next client is no joke, trying to save your pennies is hard, hustling to succeed is not easy, but you gotta take it one brick at a time.
Take A Ways
- Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something
- Know your dreams, visualize success
- Work, work, work
- Take it one “brick” at a time
Everyone wants to be wealthy. Everyone wants to live their dreams, but few are willing to put in the sacrifice it takes to achieve it. No, it isn’t as simple as saying “if you believe, then you can achieve” I mean really that’s just a bunch of bologna without the work ethic behind it. Belief combined with obsessive (sickening) work ethic that’s what it takes to make those dreams become a reality.