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076 How To Be Successful According To Will Smith

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I MISS YOU. No seriously, I really do. I’ve been doing all these Interviews, and they’ve been great. But I miss the great times we had when it was just me talking to you.

So I decided to recorded this episode to help our relationship grow a little better :)

Actually, I NEEDED to record this one, because it’s been on my mind so much and I had to get it out there and share it with you. Today’s episode deals with the concept of Success.

First, I make two very BIG announcements:

1. The first is so big that you will have to listen to hear it.

2. I’m speaking at BLOGWORLD in New York (in 2 weeks). I know it’s short notice, but if you’re interested click here to register and use the coupon code PodLearn10 for 10% off. There’s also a Virtual Ticket Option if you just want the recordings of the sessions (SOO worth it).

Then, I answer two questions from Lynn about blogging about multiple topics and branding yourself.

Then I get into the main content . . .

I found this video with excerpts from interviews that Will Smith has done. I saw it floating around on Facebook somewhere and decided that I HAD TO share it with you and break it down in terms of what it means for authority bloggers.

I listen to the MP3 of this video every single day, at least once. Why? Because it helps me to keep things in perspective, and it helps me to push beyond any discouragement that might come up in my Blogging Business.

You can go ahead and watch the video below:

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Here are some of the things I cover in this episode:

  • Finding your Motivation
  • Talent vs. Skill – which is more important
  • Be willing to work your Behind off
  • Your current situation doesn’t matter. Find out what does.
  • The best way to build your business (one brick at a time)
  • Forget being realistic. Everybody else will do that for you
Honestly, I feel that if you listen to this episode, internalize what it says, and take action, you WILL be successful.
(Sidenote: now one of my goals in life is to meet this dude in person and let him know how it has impacted me. Hopefully I won’t have to stalk him, lol)
So go ahead and give it a listen, then let me know what you think in the comments below.

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37 Responses to “076 How To Be Successful According To Will Smith”

  1. wasimalrayes May 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Hey @lesliesamuel – Congrats bro… AMAZING NEWS
     

    • Leslie Samuel May 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

       @wasimalrayes  @lesliesamuel Thanks man, I appreciate it!

  2. Rochelle Hanson May 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Listening to yoooou :) hehehehe
     
    -Rochelle.

  3. Rochelle Hanson May 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    Somehow when i went to type in your blogworld affiliate the audio for the podcast stopped even though i opened in another tab!! URG frustrations. Anyhoo I just wanna say CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!!

    • Leslie Samuel May 22, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

       @Rochelle Hanson Why thank ya! :)

    • Sherri Joubert September 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      Hi Rochelle,

      Try opening it in another window instead of another tab.

      That’s worked for me when streaming on some websites is interrupted when doing something in another tab.

      I also find it to be more of a problem using Firefox and Chrome than IE. IE will automatically open another window when you click to start a stream. Firefox and Chrome will open another tab.

  4. Robski May 23, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    Where has you been Brother???I have missed hearing you.
    Glad you sent this out for us – as always AWESOME!!!
    Robert

    • Leslie Samuel May 23, 2012 at 12:28 am #

       @Robski Man, last week was a crazy week in my life, so I completely missed that episode. I had to come back with something strong :)
       
      Glad you got value from it bro.

  5. Robski May 23, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    Congratulations one the Coming Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Leslie Samuel May 23, 2012 at 12:29 am #

       @Robski Thank you sir. As you can tell – I’m super excited!

  6. Gooch May 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Leslie Congrats, that’s awesome news. I could only imagine the self control it took to not spill the beans.
     
    As usual Outstanding podcast, but this one resonated more deeply than any other. I cannot thank you enough for bringing Will’s video to my attention, it’s a true gem.  Wrapped up in those 4 mins is a formula for high achievement…. just the boost I needed today… I’m truly inspired!!
     
    Thanks for the BlogWorld Link trying to resolve a conflict to see if I can make it. 
     
     

    • Leslie Samuel May 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

       @Gooch Thanks man. Glad you enjoyed this episode so much.
       
      If you end up coming to Blogworld, definitely look me up. That would be awesome.

      • Gooch May 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

         @Leslie Samuel I certainly will.

  7. Luke Etheridge May 24, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    Leslie,
     
    I have watched this video (or I think there’s a similar one) SO many times over the years through starting up my business and it really does give you this relentless focus and eagerness not to give up on your dreams.
     
    Well done for sharing. I am a MASSIVE fan of Will Smith and his career is such a great example of somebody perfecting their craft due to an amazing work ethic. Watching this video really does make you want to work through the night! ;)
     
    Thanks,
    Luke

    • Leslie Samuel May 24, 2012 at 9:30 am #

      I hear you Luke, since watching this video, I’ve looked at Will differently. I used to think that he was just a funny guy (which he is), but he definitely has a STRONG work ethic.
       
      Glad you were inspired! Don’t work though the entire night though ;)

  8. HansH May 24, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Hi Leslie,
     
    Great heartwarmer and a very useful reflection of how good life can be (or can become) if you keep at it.
    Thanks for this great reminder.
     
    With great spirits,
                                    Hans

    • Leslie Samuel May 24, 2012 at 9:30 am #

       @HansH You are very much welcome Hans. glad you got value from it!

  9. Rochelle Hanson May 24, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    so i came back to hear what Will Smith had to say.
    Some VERY good points. Very aggressive and masculine, but I like his thought process and determination.
    The part I appreciated most was the brick laying to build a wall. Thats how i live my life too.

    • Leslie Samuel May 24, 2012 at 9:32 am #

       @Rochelle Hanson Yes, he is aggressive indeed. And to a certain extent, that’s what it takes to be successful.
       
      I must say that there are a few minor things I take issue with in his mentality (mostly on the twist that being a Christian should influence our mentality), but that’s another topic for another episode.
       
      For now, lets keep working at what we’re doing. Success WILL come (get it, Will – Will Smith. Ok, that was cheesy, LOL).

  10. Tai May 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Who could listen to this podcast and not leave a comment? Leslie I am so happy for you and your family. I hope that you have a healthy baby and just know that your words of inspiration today have inspired me and many other people with the desire to change the world also. I think this is your best podcast yet and just like a fine wine you get better with time. I have listened to all of your podcasts from day 1 and I have to say that this is the one that has inspired me the most to never live a mediocre life and to be outstanding in everything I set out to accomplish. Thank you Leslie!

    • Leslie Samuel May 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      Wow Tai. Who could read a comment like this and not reply. I’m SO glad (and humbled) to know that you have gotten so much from this episode and that it has inspired you to “never live a mediocre life”. If I NEVER get another comment on my blog and if my blog were to crash today forever, it would all have been worth it just for that (and I’m serious).

  11. Andrea @EntwicklungsCamp.de May 25, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    Hi Leslie,
    Congrats to your and your wife. Whether it is a boy or a girl – the little one will change your life a lot. Having a child is just great!
    The episode is one of the best if not the best of your podcast I have ever listened to. Thanks a lot, Andrea

    • Leslie Samuel May 25, 2012 at 8:32 am #

       @Andrea @EntwicklungsCamp.de Thanks Andrea.
       
      I really do appreciate it. So glad to know that you enjoyed this episode so much. I hope to have many more of the “best of my podcasts you’ve ever listened to” in the future.
       
      btw, it will be a boy. That’s my deal with God ;)

  12. Kesean Kenton May 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    This is awesome bro. Interestingly enough I posted a blog about a week ago on this same video. And yes I totally felt the same way. It really impacted my thought process. The conviction, the passion, the raw desire to be more than the status quo. Loved the podcast.

  13. Kesean Kenton May 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    This is awesome bro. Interestingly enough I posted a blog about a week ago on this same video. And yes I totally felt the same way. It really impacted my thought process. The conviction, the passion, the raw desire to be more than the status quo. Loved the podcast.

  14. Kesean Kenton May 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    This is awesome bro. Interestingly enough I posted a blog about a week ago on this same video. And yes I totally felt the same way. It really impacted my thought process. The conviction, the passion, the raw desire to be more than the status quo. Loved the podcast.

  15. Kesean Kenton May 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    This is awesome bro. Interestingly enough I posted a blog about a week ago on this same video. And yes I totally felt the same way. It really impacted my thought process. The conviction, the passion, the raw desire to be more than the status quo. Loved the podcast.

    • Leslie Samuel May 27, 2012 at 8:01 am #

       @Kesean Kenton Actually, I found the video because you posted about it on Facebook, so thank YOU for sharing it. It’s indeed a powerful video and has given me so much drive to make things happen! Lets do this!

      • Kesean Kenton May 28, 2012 at 11:31 am #

        That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing the video with your readers. Looking forward to the next podcast. Blessings.@Leslie Samuel 

        • Leslie Samuel May 28, 2012 at 11:42 am #

           @Kesean Kenton Coming soon to a blog near you ;)

        • Kesean Kenton May 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

           @Leslie Samuel Haha. nice. I see it. I’ll have to check it out a bit later though.

  16. Troy Vayanos June 24, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    Inspirational stuff, I feel like I can go and do anything now. We should all be watching this every day, preferably 1st thing in the morning!

    Cheers

    • Leslie June 24, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      I agree with you Troy. For a while I was watching this every single day at least once. I watched it when I woke up, and sometimes right before I hit the gym ;)

  17. Meichun September 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Leslie, awesome podcast and congratulation to you and your family!

    I love everything Will Smith said and thanks for sharing the video.
    I’m SO inspired!

    Do you have script for this episode?

    • Leslie Samuel September 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      Thank you Meichun,

      We’re VERY excited for the new one that will be joining us soon.

      I do have a transcript for the episodes, but we’ve had to take them down temporarily due to a technical error. I will have my assistant work on putting them back up as PDFs over the next week or two.

      All the best!

      • Meichun September 10, 2012 at 11:52 am #

        Leslie, thank you so much. Looking forward to the transcript!