Will Smith’s Top 10 Rules of Success

Will Smith

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You have seen him everywhere. From action movies like “Bad Boys“, “Men In Black“, and “Wild Wild West“, to theatrical documentaries like “The Legend of Bagger Vance“, “The Pursuit of Happyness“, “Ali“, and “Concussion“.

Newsweek named him the “most powerful actor in Hollywood” in April 2007.

He has been nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards, 2 Academy Awards, and has won 4 Grammy Awards.

Will’s success since his younger age is truly inspiring and there’s a lot of things that we can learn from him, especially for any of you who wants to achieve great success at the young age. As a rather rapper, actor, film director/producer, celebrity, and entrepreneur who is estimated to have a net worth of $240 million, there’s something that we can learn from him.

For those who love to watch videos, here are the Top 10 Rules of Success we can learn from Will Smith.

I have also transcript the key phrases below for those of you who prefer to read.


First Will Smith’s Rule of Success: Don’t listen to the #LittleMan

“Don’t ever let somebody tell you, you can’t do something… not even me… alright?”


“You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you that you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it, PERIOD~!”

Second Will Smith’s Rule of Success: Where you are isn’t where you’re going to be

“We didn’t grow up with the sense that where we were was where we are going to be. We grew up with the sense that where we were almost didn’t matter because we were becoming something greater.”

Third Will Smith’s Rule of Success: Make a choice

There’s a concept that… I don’t want to be an icon. I want to be an idea. I want to represent an idea, I want to represent possibilities, I want to represent… MAGIC, right?! You are in the Universe that two plus two equals four. Two plus two equals four only if you accept it that two plus two equals four. Two plus two is going to be what I want it to be. There’s is a redemptive power that making a choice has. Rather than feeling that you are at an affect to all the things that are happening. Make a choice, like you just decide, what is gonna be, who you’re gonna be, and how you are gonna do it. Just decide! And from that point, the Universe is gonna get out of your way. It’s like water, it wants to move and go around stuff, you know. So, for me, I want to represent possibilities, I want to represent the idea that you can really make what you want. One of my favorite quotes is from “The Alchemist” (by) Paolo Coelho. That’s just, I just believe that… I believe I can create whatever I want to create. I just need to put my head on it right, study it, learn the patterns, and you know, it is hard to put it into words, real metaphysical, esoteric terms now, but I feel very strongly we are who we choose to be.


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Will Smith as Dr. Omalu in Concussion

Fourth Will Smith’s Rule of Success: Have a purpose

(The) difference between depression and joy… (I think) is PURPOSE.

It’s like when you wake up in the morning, and your life means something to somebody other than you. And you have a purpose that if you don’t go do the things you are going to do, people’s lives will suffer. And, I think that kind of purpose, to live in service, not to yourself but to live in service to humanity, to live in service to your family, to live in service to your church, to your city, to your country, to the world. Living in service… I feel that is the purest form.

Fifth Will Smith’s Rule of Success: Be great

Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, godlike feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It’s something that truly exists in all of us. It’s very simple: This is what I believe, and I AM WILLING TO DIE FOR IT, period. It’s that simple!

I know who I am, I know what I believe, and that’s all I need to know. So, from there you do what you need to do. And I think what happens is (that) we make the situation more complex than it has to be.

Sixth Will Smith’s Rule of Success: Commit

The road to success is through COMMITMENT, and through the strength that drives through that commitment when it gets hard. And it is going to get hard and you gonna want to quite sometimes but it will be colored by who you are, and more who you want to be. I definitely found that wanting to be an actor stems from wanting to be somebody and wanting to say something to people.

Seventh Will Smith’s Rule of Success: Don’t be outworked

The only thing that I can see you that is distinctly different about me is I am not afraid to die on the 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 (are) two things: you are getting off first or I am going to die, it’s really that simple!

Let’s go back to the question about people blocking out, it’s going to be two options: I am going to get back or I am gonna be dead. You are not going to outwork me. It’s such a basic simple concept. It’s the guy who is willing hustle the most is going to be the guy that gets that loose ball. I see the majority of people who aren’t getting the places they want or aren’t achieving the things that they want… this business [entertainment business] is strictly based on hustle; it’s strictly based on being outworked; it’s strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. I say all the time if you stay ready, you gotta get ready.


Will Smith on The Legend of Bagger Vance

Eighth Will Smith’s Rule of Success: Work on your skills

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

There’s no easy way around it. No matter how talented you are, your talent is going to fail you if you are not skilled. If you don’t study, if you don’t work really hard and dedicate yourself to be better every single day, you’ll never be able to communicate with people.

Ninth Will Smith’s Rule of Success: Let fear motivate you

I’m motivated by fear… the fear of fear. I hate being scared to do something. I hate the feeling before I had the meeting with Quincy Jones …. I hated being scared; (I felt) like I didn’t even want to take the meeting. There were opportunities during when I first year as a rapper, Bill Cosby and the people in the Cosby show had seen my music video and called me to try out for the Cosby show. And just every time it was set up, for some reason, I couldn’t make it … I think what developed in my early days is the attitude that I started attacking things that I was scared.

Tenth Will Smith’s Rule of Success: Be amazing at what you do

When he accepted a role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and is embarrassed by his earliest performances on the show. He had never been formally trained as an actor, and—in some cases—his lack of experience was painfully obvious. “I was trying so hard,” he said. “I would memorize the entire script, then I’d be lipping everybody’s lines while they were talking. When I watch those episodes, it’s disgusting. My performances were horrible.”

Will Smith was more than just the sitcom’s star. He also helped with stories and produced some of the episodes, including “Ain’t No Business Like Show Business” in season three. In this episode, Will’s friend Keith Campbell, a comedian from Philadelphia, visits and makes stand-up look so easy that Will decides to pursue a career in comedy.


will smith as chris gardner

Will Smith as Chris Gardner

This article is written by Vincent Lee. He is a marketing intern with MalaysianStudent.com and currently pursuing his degree in Marketing & Music in the United States. You can reach him via email at editorial.team[at]malaysianstudent.com

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