Will Smith, a famous actor, rapper, and producer, has an interesting story of his way to the stars. When he was a kid, he already knew that he needed to perform at the right time, at the right place to become successful. Since Will was a really smart kid, he even got an offer to enter the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (yes, the famous MIT). But he turned it down, leaving his parents in dismay. Will didn’t only refuse this offer. He didn’t want to attend any college at all. His dream was to conquer Hollywood and become famous.
Isn’t it one of the rituals of successful people – to quit studying and just follow your dream? Whatever it was, it led to the huge success for Will Smith – Academy Award nominations, Grammys, and a net worth of $250 million. It was worth, wasn’t it?
But none of that would be possible if Will didn’t use motivation techniques. What were they? Read on and you will learn!
1. Adopt the inevitability mindset.
Will Smith says that attaining success isn’t about having an inherent talent. It’s about hard work and about being at the right time, at the right place. And it’s also about accepting the inevitability mindset, which means putting yourself in the situations where there is no other way for you but to succeed. Will realized this principle at a very young age and embraced it. Now we see the result.
He became a rapper for a completely new audience by rapping about the first world problems, such as lives of teenagers, spending time at school, and having a summer vacation. He continuously found ways to put himself into the situations when someone important could hear his music. And soon he got his first deal and started his path to stardom.
2. Exercise on a regular basis.
Doing sports isn’t only good for your physique. It also benefits your ability to move on when things get hard. Imagine that you’re running and the voice inside your head is telling you, “Stop,” “I’m so tired,” “It hurts so much,” “I’m gonna die if I keep on running.” If you learn to defeat the voice that’s telling you this nonsense, you’ll learn how not to give up in every other situation as well.
For this reason, sport is an integral component of Will Smith’s recipe for success. Exercising makes your body stronger, helps your brain work better, and increases your motivation. So are you ready to embrace this technique?
3. Practice mindfulness daily.
According to Will Smith, “Your life will become better by making other people’s lives better.” Daily meditation helps him become a happier person and allows him to exert a positive influence on other people. It also gives a natural need to “pay it forward.”
Now when you know these principles, do you see how simple they are? Go ahead and apply them in your life as well!