In today’s entertainment world, there are very few individuals who have the type of career and the name recognition that Will Smith has. The award-winning actor and chart-topping artist has proved he is truly a Jack of All Trades with successful television runs, Blockbuster and Academy Award-winning films and millions of albums sold around the globe. Even if you aren’t in the entertainment industry, there is no denying that Will Smith knows a thing or two about success. This is why when it is time to look for inspirational quotes from others for an extra boost of motivation, there is no better celebrity to turn to than Will Smith.
How Much is Will Smith Worth?
As if his numerous accolades and world-wide recognition wasn’t enough to convince you of his success, Will Smith is also one of the highest paid and richest celebrities working today. Although numbers can vary from outlet to outlet, it is estimated that his total net worth is valued around $250 million. He is estimated to earn, on average, around $30 million per year. While the number varies from publication to publication, there is no denying that Smith has earned a great deal of money and is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down any time soon. His business ventures, his profits from movies and music and the high paycheck he demands for every movie has helped the performer earn the title of one of the richest black male celebrities of all time, according to several publications.
Will Smith’s Business Ventures
In addition to acting and performing, Will Smith also has a history of making big investments in different companies and management solutions. He is also an investor in Carol’s Daughter, Fancy, Stance, Julep, BioBeats, Chromatick and the video sharing program Viddy. He is also a partial owner of the Philadelphia 76ers. Will Smith has been very active in all of his investments and has developed a knack for finding up-and-coming business opportunities and investing early on. He has made several joint-investment ventures with fellow performer Jay-Z. With so many business ventures under his belt, it should come as no surprise that Will Smith is hailed as one of the most successful and respected businessmen in the industry, in addition to his credits and success as an actor.
Will Smith’s Inspirational Quotes
Whether you are personally a fan of Will Smith, or not, there is no arguing that he is a successful man. He is also a very poised and driven individual and has delivered a number of impressive, and inspiring quotes during his decades of experience in the entertainment industry. Here are a few of our personal favorites.
“Whatever your dream is, every extra penny you have needs to be going to that.”
“I want to be the person that is the first person there and the last person to leave. That’s who I want to be, because I think the road to success is through commitment, and through the strength to drive through that commitment when it gets hard. And it is going to get hard and you’re going to want to quit sometimes, but it’ll be colored by who you are, and more by who you want to be.”
“So if you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready, and that is how I run my life.”
“I’ve trained myself to illuminate the things in my personality that are likable and to hide and protect the things that are less likeable.”
“Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away”
“And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working.”
“I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation.”
“If you’re not willing to work hard, let someone else do it. I’d rather be with someone who does a horrible job, but gives 110% than with someone who does a good job and gives 60%.”
“In my mind, I’ve always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y’all just didn’t know yet.”
“The first step is you have to say that you can.”
“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”
“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.”
“I know how to learn anything I want to learn. I absolutely know that I could learn how to fly the space shuttle because someone else knows how to fly it, and they put it in a book. Give me the book, and I do not need somebody to stand up in front of the class.”
“If you’re not making someone else’s life better, than you are wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other people’s lives better.”
“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.”
“If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other people’s lives better.”
“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they are going to tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”
“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist… Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.”
“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, 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 going to die. It’s really that simple.”
“When you’re running and you are there, there’s a little person that talks to you and that little person says “Oh, I’m tired”, “My lounge’s about to pop”, “I’m so hurt”, “I’m so tired”, “There’s no way I can possibly continue”. And you wanna quit. Right? That person, if you learn how to defeat that person when you’re running you will learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life.”
Will Smith’s Kids are Successful, Too!
In addition to having a great deal of success in his own right, Will Smith also unsurprisingly has very successful kids as well. His two kids Willow and Jaden Smith with wife Jada Pinkett Smith has already found a great deal of success in their own right. Despite being just young teenagers, the two famous teens have already found success in their own right. Will and his wife have taken a “hands-off” parenting style that give their children a great deal of freedom of expression, according to Smith.
This has helped both of his kids find success as recording artists, designers and artists. Willow Smith has had successful singles with her record deal at Roc Nation, including “21st Century Girl” and “whip My Hair.” She has also acted in several fills including I Am Legend and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.
Jaden is best known for his role in the major motion picture remake The Karate Kid. He has also starred in The Pursuit of Happyness and The Day the Earth Stood Still. By the time Jaden turned 12 all three of the films he had been in had debuted at the number one spot on their opening weekend.
Although the two Smith children have come under fire for their artistic lifestyles and mostly for choosing to “educate themselves” they are also two of the most noticeable young people on the planet, constantly covering magazines and being named models and brand ambassadors for some of today’s biggest brands. With so much potential in their young careers and only being teenagers, the two award winning performers are already on their way to greatness.
After all, with a successful and inspirational father such as Will Smith who is one of the most successful and honored actors in Hollywood today, it should come as no surprise that these two young people are already following in the footsteps of their successful father.