Great things start to happen when you focus on the positive things in life. A very well known actor describes some of his personal experiences that helped him attain success in the acting world. One very important thing to consider before we learn from his experience is this: One must take action and keep pressing forward. Nothing will ever be achieved the moment you give up on yourself.
Will Smith is one of the most well-known celebrities in Hollywood. He started out as a rapper in the 1980s during a time when hip hop was crossing over to mainstream culture. Will Smith was one of the rappers who focused on telling stories and fun times in his music. His brand of rap was referred to as party rap at the time. His feel-good brand of rap made his music very cross over-friendly.
Over time, Will branched out and moved into the acting arena. One of his early projects, Six Degrees of Separation had Will playing a man who is a con man but also a homosexual whose true colors are eventually exposed in the film when he brings home a hustler.
Six Degrees of Separation was based on the true story of David Hampton, a homosexual con man who posed as Sidney Poitier’s son and conned quite a few celebrities and Manhattan socialites before going to jail in the ’80s. This was a courageous choice for Will because his background was steeped in the hip hop industry which hasn’t historically been known as a community open to homosexuality of any kind, real or not.
During this time, Will was also making a name for himself in the world of sitcoms on his show, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. An unknown in the acting community, he was the star of the show which was a staple in homes in the ’90s. The show centered around a kid from West Philadelphia that was sent to Bel-Air in California to live with his Aunt and Uncle and their family. It touched on many different social issues relevant at the time, and Will’s acting skills grew considerably during the show’s six-year run.
Since the show has gone off the air, Will has gone on to become one of the most well-known actors in Hollywood. At one point, he was one of the highest-paid, garnering a paycheck of millions of dollars per film.
As one of the most influential cross over actors that started in the music industry, Will is vocal about his belief in positive thinking and focusing on success. He constantly speaks about his need to connect with the universe in order to fully experience your own power. He also believes that people control their own destinies through the power of thought. He is so vocal about his feelings on positive thinking and how it can affect your life that there are websites with sections dedicated to quotes from him.
Here are a few:
“The first step is you have to say that you can. It’s all about attitude. Whatever goal you want to reach, whatever you want to do in life, your success originates from your attitude. And it’s got to be a good one. Believe that you can, and you’ll never know what you can achieve in life.”
“Those who constantly think positive thoughts will generally attract more positive things into their life. You don’t have to believe this, but if your life is full of challenges and negativity, try thinking more positively and see how your life will start to change. Once you see this happening, you will start to see the power of positive thinking.”
“There’s this delusional quality that all successful people have to have. You have to believe that something different than has happened for the last 50 million years of history. You have to believe something different can happen.”