What Does It Take To Be Successful? Ask Will Smith

September 5, 2012

Every once in a while, I stumble on to a gem that really impacts the way I look at life. The following is a video that I found on youtube that has really served as serious motivation in my life.

It's on the topic of success.

What I've realized is that although we all have the ability to be successful, our mindset holds us back. If you suffer from that problem (and even if you don't), I would HIGHLY recommend for you to watch this video.

If what Will had to say resonates with you and you want to explore it even more, check out my podcast episode where I break down the topic of success even more.

I want to hear your comments on this one, so leave them below.

– Leslie

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  • RochelleHanson says:

    LOVE what he says about talent vs skill. That work ethic is honestly what makes or brakes a person’s long term success. Seen this one before but it’s a great reminder to keep laying bricks down every day. “Being realistic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocrity.” LOVE IT!!!


  • Ronda says:

    Okay, Now that you have convinced me to stay; so prove to me, without any hiccups and I may continue to stay a faithful Subscriber. The Ball is in Your court.

    Also, how may I improve my website, along with this so called Blogging stuff?

    • Allow me to put the ball back in your court 😉

      The results you achieve in life is the direct action of what YOU do. I wish for you to be nothing less than successful. All I can do is provide tools, resources and training, and it’s up to you to take action.

      If you can do that, then great things can happen, and I’ll be here to cheer you on 🙂

  • Kyle Lanza says:

    This is a great clip of Will Smith. His beliefs are so convicting and to the point. Success is a sacrifice that happens every day. Wow, his point on mediocrity is so true. Realism is a common road more travelled, but to think out of the box….to be different and working hard at it no matter what….a road less travelled. Awesome take away.

  • Yvonne says:

    Thanks Leslie, for your care and inspiration…

  • Reginald says:

    I’ve known for a long time that talent means nothing without the skills. But “being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity:” That’s an eye-opener. Almost every guru and expert I’ve ever listened to said “you should have a backup plan.” Wow!!! Is that how some folks end up working a job they hate for 40 years??? Something to think about.

    • Definitely something to think about Reginald. I don’t necessarily think there’s something wrong with a backup plan, but that should never keep us back from pushing ahead! Definitely lots to think about!

  • Darlene says:

    “You know we’ll nevah, nevah, nevah survive … unless … we get a little crazy … crazy.” (Seal’s Lyrics … Crazy).

    It is interesting to see even the interviewers look inspired. Great share. Thanks.

  • Sergio Felix says:

    Hey Leslie, I almost unsubscribed (by mistake) from your list because I’m used to click on links whatever the e-mail says and then get straight to check out the content.

    Of course I don’t do this with EVERY e-mail I receive but I do it with my trusted resources and you happen to be one of them.

    So I didn’t click on it as I managed to read fast between lines and well here I am! 😉

    That Will Smith video was awesome man!

    This bit: “What’s the point of being realistic?” resonated a lot with me and “this is what I believe and I’m willing to die for it” was just as amazing.

    W.S. is definitly one wise dude to follow, thanks for the inspiration on this day Leslie and hope to hear from you soon! 😉


    • Hahaa, well I’m glad you read it enough to not unsubscribe. That would not have been cool 😉

      Glad to hear the video resonated with you so much. I think it’s extremely powerful, and I had to put it on here to be able to come back to time and time again.

      Realistic?? Who needs that? 😉

  • Bob Emery says:

    Leslie-your “always given never earned” shirt is powerful. I’m 63 and have always been a AAA type person. But now I am really struggling with what to do with the rest of my life. You are periodically going to get screwed by someone, some company, etc. It’s tough but you just never let your motor slow down. It is wonderful to see someone in the middle of all the Hollywood hype who is rock solid in his beliefs.

    • I agree with you Bob. I can imagine that it’s very easy to get into all the hype of Hollywood and loose your head. Will seems to be pretty focused, and I like it.

      I wish you all the best on the rest of your journey as you figure out what to do with your life. And yes – “Always given, never earned”. When I realized that, it totally changed my life 😉

  • Lily says:

    Your email was one of the BEST emails I’ve received in a long time. Thanks for snapping me out of complacency, Leslie.

    Confession time. I’d lost focus with so much noise and clutter going on in my life and my actions have been inconsistent. I haven’t even gone through the Become A Blogger course in full because I let other things get in the way. I have just scheduled 25 hours into my calendar over the next 8 weeks so that I will show up and go through the course and take action. Already, it feels better to have made that commitment to myself.

    It’s accountability time. You’ll be seeing me hanging around in the halls of Become a Blogger from now on…learning and putting your wonderful teachings into action (not resting on my elbows.)

    Will Smith is a mind master. Wow! Thank you for sharing this inspiring video and thank you for your commitment to our success. I’ve never seen an email asking me to unsubscribe – bold indeed. With so many of us on auto pilot when we check our emails it would have been easy to do what Sergio almost did and just hit the ‘unsubscribe’ link.

    I appreciate the call to action and the way you did it.

  • James says:

    I’ve been talked out of my Blog topic – for good reasons – and haven’t yet selected a new one. This is the kind of video that has lit a fire under me to make that selection and get cracking! Thanks.

  • Lily, you can’t imagine how happy you just made me. Not just because you called my email “one of the BEST emails” you’ve received, but because you’re making a commitment to take action.

    If the email accomplished that, then it’s one of the best emails I’ve ever sent.

    Thank you for making the commitment, and keep me updated on your progress!

    • Lily says:

      Happy? That’s great, Leslie. You and I both. And that email was a total gem for me.

      I’ll keep you updated. i’ve just created a log so I can track:

      a) time I invest in learning the program
      b) the key points I learn
      c) the action steps I will implement
      d) the outcomes

      For somebody has her head in the clouds sometimes, I notice that I need a clear path to follow. The log will also keep me highly accountable with an easy step by step system.

      I know words are cheap so I will allow my actions to speak for me. Thank you for the wonderful call to action. You’ve ignited a little fire and it’s up to me to keep throwing on the wood until it’s blazing.

      Your humble disciple,

      P.S. I invite anyone else who procrastinates and is reading this to let our actions speak for us. Let us ‘show’ instead of releasing more empty words into the air.

    • WOW, that’s awesome Lily. That’s exactly what I’m talking about, and it seems like you are taking it a step further.

      AWESOME stuff. Looking forward to seeing you progress. This will be fun!

  • John Broadous says:

    Well Leslie this indeed was a kick in the pants for me. Your email was bold, brash and it hit the nail on the head. I’ve put off pursuing blogging for quite some time. I’ve allowed every excuse to enter the picture and then I received your gem of an email inviting me to unsubscribe. Well I won’t!

    The piece on Will Smith…what can I say…totally inspiring. I don’t think I’ll loosely use the phrase “let’s be realistic” ever again. Really good stuff Leslie! Thanks!

    • Woohooo, that’s what I’m talkin bout John. Glad to hear that you are motivated to take action. And it doesn’t stop there. Now for the action.

      Make sure to keep me updated as to how things progress!

  • Robinsh says:

    I also found it worth watching and why not, you were recommending then how can I skip it. Thanks for giving out such a valuable informative and motivational video out here at BAB.

  • Ashwin Avatar says:

    I am a Will Smith Fan , I love his movies and succes , And I agree to few things in this video compilation.
    Would like your suggestion on my site ” http://travelworldplaces.blogspot.in “

    • @Ashwin Avatar It has a very cool design. However, my recommendation is always the same when I see people on Blogspot – get off blogspot and start your own self-hosted wordpress blog on your own domain name. That’s what I recommend for people who are trying to build a serious business.

  • Carol Jeffries says:

    Great clip, thanks for sharing

  • stylist_reyana says:

    MY GOD!!!!!! the first thing that he says is powerful within itself and because i just said this to someone yesterday lets me know i am not crazy!!!!  Definitely motivation for my self to keep wit plan A and i will not fail!!!! love, love, love this post and i am truly honored to have tis information

  • Clo apple says:

    Thank you Leslie, just joined your blogger website after reading yaro’s e-book-blog profits blueprint yesterday, I’m glad I found you and providing practical info as I’m in the process of building a blog, you’ll hear from me more often! Thank you for sharing this clip! Very motivating:)

  • RajeshYacob says:

    Leslie Samuel   , wow brother am very like you and inspire from you , am not a well trained in this field but i willing to do something like you ,
    thanks to god for the great opportunity to join with you , thanks for the great effort and spending time to help peoples like me 🙂 , thanks 
    Rajesh Yacob

  • Thank you so much for the inspiration Leslie, Am encouraged by the way you put it on the email; “i have been working my behind off” and as will smith says its a “sickening work ethic” The point where the rubber meets the road.

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  • Rose says:

    I am really wanting to just go for it, but I feel a little unsure if my field will give me enough to work on. I am a Professional Quilt Artist, you probably just thought “A what”,.
    I just don’t want to get down the track for 6 months and find that I have nothing left for content, although I really know this won’t be the case…Just a level of fear I guess.

    I know I won’t unsubscribe because I need to commit totally.

    • That’s an excellent topic for a blog. You’d be surprised. Just do it. What’s the worse that can happen.

    • Rose says:

      Have my domain name now,(roselewisquilting) so this is the start of my commitment.

      I’m not sure if I should have used my name, after looking at the next video, but I already had it by then, also I am fairly well known within the quilting world, so hopefully this will help.

      I will set my blog up over the next week then it is full steam ahead….no excuses.

      I am really glad that I have found both yourself and Gideon. I have been looking for a while and you are the 2 that I will follow and be mentored and guided by. Thank you.

    • If you are well known in the quilting world, then it may be a good thing to use your name. The only thing you need to be concerned about is if you ever plan on selling your blog. If you are, then it would be better to get a different name.

      Let me know when you have your blog setup. I love seeing people make progress 🙂

    • Rose Lewis says:

      Hi Leslie,
      I have my site part set up, which you are able to look at. I am really stuck and need some person to person help. No one seems to know how to set up a blog. Can you tell me is Thesis themes only the background working of your blog. When I go onto their site, I can’t get any further in unless I buy a theme.
      I’m happy to go with them, if it’s easier but I don’t actually know what I am buying. I have big plans but can’t seem to get past the first step here….Rose

    • Hi Rose,

      Have you gone through the 10 Free videos. I basically show you exactly how to do those things to get started. In terms of Thesis theme, it’s basically just a theme that allows you to customize it to your own liking. However, if you are having issues with getting your blog up, I wouldn’t go with Thesis as it can get a bit complicated to get it to look the way you want it. I would personally go with Woothemes or Elegant Themes.

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