Will Smith – I’m Not Afraid to Die on a Treadmill

Written by on April 2, 2013 in Motivational Videos, your Mind with 0 Comments

Who would have thought when we were first introduced to the Fresh Prince of Bellaire that the man behind the character was so deep? He makes so many points in this video that resonates with me its crazy.  I love this one,

Separation between talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people that who are trying to excel that have dreams that want to do things. Talent is what you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft.  I never considered myself talented. Where I excel is ridiculous sickening work ethic. While the other guy is sleeping I’m working. While the other guy is eating. I’m working.

Michael Jordan said it another way – “Maybe I made it look too easy.” In this day and age it is hard to fathom the amount of work necessary to be really successful in our endeavors. It seems like overnight successes are everywhere.

That said, I’m all in the hard work camp.  My passions have never truly lined up with my 9 to 5s.  I was good in math and science, so I became an engineer.  I was never passionate about being an engineer. I was passionate about video production.  I was passionate about the stock market.  I had to work nights and weekends to develop those skills, because my days were preoccupied with my JOB.  So, out working the other guy is not an issue for me. However, Smith’s next point trips me up more often than I would like to admit.

Nothing is unrealistic. Being realistic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocrity. Why would you be realistic? What’s the point of being realistic? It’s just a barrier. I’m going to do it. I’m going to do it. It’s already done. I’m just waiting for y’all to see it.

Where is the point of diminishing returns? After one year, I closed down my video production company and went back to engineering. Was I being too realistic about the business’ likelihood of success? Was the next big opportunity around the corner?

Smith makes many more great points in this video, but the final one I want to highlight is that successful people are incredibly competitive. Michael Jordan says that he is the most competitive person that he knows.  Will Smith says that he is the most competitive person that he knows.  I assume that they have met before.  Smith says the following,

I’m not afraid to die on a tread mill. If we get on a tread mill together. One of two things is going to happen. You are getting off first or I’m going to die.

I’m not sure who would win a Michael Jordan / Will Smith tread mill battle, but it would be hilarious to watch. The bottom line is that the Fresh Prince grew up to be a serious dude and has given us much to contemplate.

My favorite take aways for success are:

  • Must have extreme work ethic
  • Be optimists
  • Must have intense desire to win

What’s your favorite take aways from the video? Leave a comment below.

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