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What Entrepreneurs Need to Learn from Will Smith

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Will’s movies have earned over $5.7 Billion in global box office and in 2007 Newsweek called him the most powerful actor in Hollywood. It’s safe to say to say he know something about making a dent in the universe.

It didn’t happen by accident. After Will got his started acting, he made the choice to become the biggest movie star in the world. The first thing he did was watch the 10 top-grossing movies of all time and looked for patterns among them. Will has said, “I study the patterns of the universe.”

The universe is not a thing that’s going to push us around… We are going to bend the universe and command – and demand – that the universe become what we want it to be.

- Will Smith

It strikes me that this exactly the ability required by entrepreneurs. Every entrepreneur has a vision for how the universe could be better, but successful entrepreneurs are able to actually change the universe to match their vision – just as Will Smith has done and continues to do.

 

So how does he do it? To find out, start by watching the Income Diary video below and keep reading for the five steps you can take to achieve your goals and bend the universe to your will.

Will Explains How to “Bend the Universe”

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5 Steps to Bending the Universe

It’s a shame that Will Smith has never written a step-by-step guide to bending the universe. It would probably be an instant best-seller.

But by listening carefully to his words of wisdom, I’ve compiled five steps that has repeatedly Will emphasized as essential on the path to personal success.

The five steps take only a few moments to understand, but they take a little bit longer to actually seep into your consciousness and begin to make a positive impact on your life.

Step 1: Believe

The first step – before anybody else in the world believes it – is you have to believe it.

If you don’t believe in yourself and in your vision, then nobody else will either.

But, more importantly, your belief in the eventual success will guide your thoughts and your actions to actually make it more likely that your goals wills be accomplished. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

Step 2: Make a Choice

Just decide what it’s going to be, who you’re going to be, how you’re going to do it. Just decide. And then, from that point, the universe is going to get out of your way.

Believing in something only works if you continue believing in it, week after week and month after month. That’s why it’s so important to make a definitive choice at the beginning of your journey. Just make sure that you choose something that you’re genuinely passionate about.

Once you’ve decided who you want to be, begin thinking and acting as that person.

Step 3:  Change the Way You Think

Our thoughts, our feelings, our dreams [and], our ideas are physical in the universe.

Everybody knows that tables, chairs, and buildings are physical; they have a definite mass, volume, and shape. But thoughts, feelings, and dreams exist only in our minds. They’re metaphysical.

So has Will gone off the deep end?

Not exactly – thoughts may not be physical per say, but they do have physical consequences. When we change the way that we think about reality, it causes us to act in a way that changes reality.

The lesson is to be aware of our thoughts and to actively think in a positive way, a way that pushes us forward towards our goals.

Step 4: Work Hard

While the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working. While the other guy’s eating, I’m working.

Hard work is the key to success. It’s that simple.

Step 5: Lay One Brick at a Time

When Will was a 12-year-old kid, his dad gave him an impossible task: rebuild the brick wall in front of his business. It took Will and his little brother a year-and-a-half, but they built the wall.

How did a couple of little kids build a big brick wall? Will explains:

You don’t try to build a wall. You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say, “I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.” You don’t start there. You say: “I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.” And you do that every single day, and soon you’ll have a wall.

Building a successful business from scratch sometimes seems an insurmountable task – especially when you’re shooting to build the “biggest, baddest, greatest” business that’s ever been built.

But don’t be intimidated. Lay one brick every day – make a little bit of progress every day – and soon you’ll have built a successful business.

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