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Will Smith – Decisions Lead to Destiny

Posted by Orrin Woodward on January 22, 2009

Update:  Here is a longer video thanks to reader Matt Foote.

I watched a fascinating interview of Will Smith this morning.  Will Smith has skyrocketed from an unknown dreamer to one of the top superstars in the movie industry.  His meteoric rise was by design, not accident.   Watch the following interview from the Tavis Smiley show.  You can feel the enthusiasm and belief flowing out of Will.  Do you have this type of enthusiasm and belief in your life?  I believe that Will Smith is successful at any endeavor that he focuses on because he has a hungry learning spirit.  It is obvious that Will reads voraciously and dreams big dreams.  Listen to some of the quotes from this interview.

I don’t want to be an icon.

I want to be an idea. I want to represent possibilities.

Your in a universe that says 2 + 2 = 4.  2 + 2 is going to be what I want it to be. 

The power of making a choice in your life.

Just decide!  The universe will get out of your way.

I want to represent the idea that you really can make what you want.

I can create whatever I want to create, if I can put my head on it right,study, and learn the patterns.

We are who we choose to be.


I consider myself an Alchemist. An Alchemist took lead and made gold.

My grandmother taught me that if life gives you lemon then you have to make lemonade.

The only thing that I see distinctly different about me is that I will not be outworked period.

You might have more talent than me, might be smarter than me, might be sexier than me, all of those things you have on me in nine categories, but if we get on a treadmill – you are getting off first or I will die!

I am going to get back in or I will be dead.  You will not outwork me.  The guy who is willing to hustle the most will get the most loose balls.

Achievement is based on hustle, outworking and staying ready so you don’t have to get ready!

As I read these quotes and watched the interview numerous times, I realized that Will Smith believes – “When the dream is big enough, the facts don’t count.”  Here is what this quote means to me – that anything you are lacking in life, you can develop.

Not good with people? – Change that fact!

Don’t have any money? – Study, Learn, Grow, Save! – Change that fact!

Didn’t grow up on the right side of the tracks? – Move to the right side of the tracks. – Change that fact!

Knocked down and criticized? – Get back up and win! – Change that fact!

Any reason that you can state as to why you cannot win, is actually just a fact that you must change on your journey to success.  You can make a million excuses or you can make a million differences, but you cannot make both! God Bless, Orrin Woodward

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