Will Smith wanted to be a rapper, he became one. He wanted to be an A-list movie star, he became one. Now his movies have grossed $7.5 billion at the international box office. The bottom line? Do what you love. You’ll either succeed or you’ll be very happy you tried. Win-win. Read these 30 Will Smith quotes to encourage you to live the life you want.
Will Smith was born on September 25, 1968. He started his career as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince in the late 1980s. He later starred in the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The series aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996 and was instrumental in helping Smith launch his film career.
The rest of the ’90s saw Smith starring in the movies Bad Boys, Independence Day, Men in Black, and Enemy of the State. The actor then proved his knack for acting when he portrayed Muhammad Ali in the biopic Ali. His work here got him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also received acclaim for his performance in the drama The Pursuit of Happyness.
His lead role in the 2007 film I Am Legend further cemented his Hollywood A-list status. Smith never attended college because his goal had always been to work in entertainment, particularly as a rapper. He did fulfill his dream as one. He was part of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, which gained success during the late 1980s.
His successful musical career then presented better opportunities. In 2009, he was named Hollywood’s most bankable star by Forbes.
Here are 30 Will Smith quotes to remind you to live your life and follow your dreams.
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. – Will Smith
Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions. – Will Smith
So if you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready, and that is how I run my life. – Will Smith
Never underestimate the pain of a person, because, in all honesty, everyone is struggling, some people are just better at hiding it than others. – Will Smith
Greatness exists in all of us. – Will Smith
Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice. – Will Smith
Don’t chase people. The right people, the ones who really belong in your life, will come to you and stay. – Will Smith
If you’re absent during my struggle don’t expect to be present during my success. – Will Smith
Sometimes you have to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains, and look forward to what’s coming next. – Will Smith
We all want to be in love and find that person who is going to love us no matter how our feet smell, no matter how angry we get one day, no matter the things we say that we don’t mean. – Will Smith
I wake up every morning believing today is going to be better than yesterday. – Will Smith
I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation. – Will Smith
I’ve trained myself to illuminate the things in my personality that are likable and to hide and protect the things that are less likable. – Will Smith
In my mind, I’ve always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y’all just didn’t know yet. – Will Smith
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. – Will Smith
Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity. – Will Smith
Smiling is the best way to face every problem, to crush every fear and to hide every pain. – Will Smith
I’m a student of patterns. At heart, I’m a physicist. I look at everything in my life as trying to find the single equation, the theory of everything. – Will Smith
And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working. – Will Smith
The first step is you have to say that you can. – Will Smith
Traditional education is based on facts and figures and passing tests – not on a comprehension of the material and its application to your life. – Will Smith
If it was something that I really committed myself to, I don’t think there’s anything that could stop me becoming President of the United States. – Will Smith
I don’t know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived. – Will Smith
Life is lived on the edge. – Will Smith
There’s no reason to have a plan B because it distracts from plan A. – Will Smith
Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there. – Will Smith
If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better. – Will Smith
I want the world to be better because I was here. – Will Smith
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. – Will Smith
The things that have been most valuable to me I did not learn in school. – Will Smith
Share these 30 Will Smith quotes with your loved ones to inspire them to dream high and to dream deep.