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Will | Will Smith
One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had. Will Smiths transformation from a fearful child in a tense West Philadelphia home to one of the biggest rap stars of his era and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, with a string of box office successes that will likely never be broken, is an epic tale of inner transformation and outer triumph, and Will tells it astonishingly well. But it's only half the story. Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over. This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. Written with the help of Mark Manson, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Will is the story of how one person mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world's biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home. The combination of genuine wisdom of universal value and a life story that is preposterously entertaining, even astonishing, puts Will the book, like its author, in a category by itself. Its easy to maneuver the material world once you have conquered your own mind. I believe that. Once you've learned the terrain of your own mind, every experience, every emotion, every circumstance, whether positive or negative, simply propels you forward, to greater growth and greater experience. That is true will. To move forward in spite of anything. And to move forward in a way that brings others with you, rather than leave them behind. Will Smith
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jspoelker
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This vulnerable and unique journey from the streets of Philly to stardom is a reflection on standard life lessons and his personal reactions. As a reader we get to reminisce or be introduced to his iconic talent in music, tv, & movies. The audiobook provides clips of actual music and dialogue along with Will‘s famous quick whit, timing, and timber.

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tjwill
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Mehso-so

Maybe I saw too many rave reviews and had a high expectation, but I thought it was only ok. There were some inspirational parts as he learned lessons about life and himself, but he also spent what felt like a loooong time talking about making Ali, which was a bit much. Lots of bragging. I don‘t like him any less than I did before, but I also don‘t like him any more. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Soubhiville Yep, I agree. 1d
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eanderson
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First book of #JoyousJanuary finished. I feel like he was incredibly honest. Yes, he loves to toot his own horn but he also admits some of his biggest mistakes. It gave me a different kind of respect for him! 🌟🌟🌟🌟✨ 4.5. 🎧

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 3d
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lostinwords
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One of the best memoirs or autobiographies ever. Will seems to be transparent and vulnerable, sharing his journey of being human and having inner childhood issues that ran his life-like many of us if we‘re honest. If you thought about reading his book, it‘s a good one. Not because it‘s Will Smith, but because his soul is like ours. He wrote about being on a journey of spiritual transformation an interesting and complex subject.

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monalyisha
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1. And Then There Were Nuns - a memoir by Jane Christmas about exploring the cloistered life; & Will by Will Smith (audio). 2 memoirs at once! I never do that!

2. It was 9*F when I woke up this morning. Chilly day! 🥶

3. Currently, we‘re utilizing our Christmas gift from me: foot spas! Our tootsies are submerged in piping hot water & bubbles. And I‘m drinking a beer: Cloud Drop DIPA by Upper Pass Beer Co. Supremely helpful.

#WeekendReads

Laughterhp My phone told me today it was -13° with the windchill this morning! 1w
monalyisha @Laughterhp SO not okay! 🙈 1w
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Smrloomis
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Ok not sure when I‘m getting to this one but figured I‘d just give in now 😂 and get a copy

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RamsFan1963
Will | Will Smith
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2/150 At times I found his "humblebragging" annoying, but overall it was a fun, often hilarious, memoir. I'm a little older than Will, by 8 years, but I remember enjoying the Fresh Prince TV series. For me, his movies have been hit or miss. Smith confuses quantity for quality, box office receipts aren't everything. Men in Black II, Hancock, I Am Legend and I, Robot aren't good movies even if they opened no. 1 at the box office. 3 ❄❄❄ .75

Lizpixie Nice work!🙌 2w
Reggie AND he turned down the Matrix!!! 2w
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Clwojick 🔥Way to go! 2w
RamsFan1963 @Reggie I'm glad he did, I think it would have been a very different movie with him as Neo. If I'm not mistaken, he decided to do mega turkey Wild Wild West instead of The Matrix. Funny how he doesn't mention that decision lol 2w
Sharpeipup The humblebragging was tough but he did own up to his ego problems towards the end. 2w
RamsFan1963 @Sharpeipup Very true, he could at times be brutally honest about his flaws and mental issues. 2w
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rsteve388
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Wow what a story about this man's lifem. I am glad I listened to this as it was narrated by Will himself. A lot of self reflection went into this book and it was very thought provoking. Would recommend.

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RamsFan1963
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1. Reading goal is 150 books (I read 148 in 2021), all the readathons I can cover, more audiobooks, more nonfiction.
2. Perseverance
3. Tagged. Yes for the most part. Sometimes Will gets a little too "humblebrag" for me, but overall I've enjoyed it.
Thanks for the tag @TheRiehlDeal
@MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulthursday

BiblioLitten A lot of people‘s 2022 words start with P. 2w
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Chelseabillups30
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My final book of 2021 turned into the kick off of 2022, split between the two really, though.

And wowee wow, whether ending one year with it or starting off a new one, I am so glad I read this book!!

If you consider yourself a Will Smith fan at all, this book needs to get into your hands!!

You will be inspired and impacted, enlightened & entertained.

Highly, highly recommend the audiobook companion for an enhanced experience.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

But bravery does not mean the absence of fear. Bravery is learning to continue forward, even when you‘re terrified.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

Everyone is struggling. Everyone is having a hard time. Life can be brutal, chaotic, confusing, and excruciating. Our hearts are starving. Loving, giving, helping, serving, protecting, nourishing, empowering, and forgiving are the secrets of “the Smile.” Can you imagine what it would feel like if someone loved you, gave you all you needed, helped you, served you, protected you, nourished you, empowered you and forgave you?

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith
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Life be like that sometimes.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

To place the responsibility for your happiness on anybody other than yourself is a recipe for misery.

Smartypants Really enjoyed this memoir! 2w
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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

You can make a person smile; you can compose a moment that helps a person to feel good; you can deliver a joke that makes a person laugh; you can create an environment where a person feels safe. We can and must be helpful and kind and loving, but whether a person is happy or not utterly out of your control. Every person must wage a solitary internal war for their own contentment.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

It‘s impossible to build something that is of a higher quality than the quality of the people around you.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

“….dreams are built on discipline, discipline is built on habits; habits are built on training. And training takes place in every single second and every situation of your life….”

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Cortg
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Mehso-so

This is a tough one to review. I loved the production of the audiobook and his voice. The first half was excellent, his childhood, how he got into the music world and moving on to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Unfortunately, the second half wore on my nerves. He seemed too arrogant with multiple references of how he‘s the best actor the most famous person, how much money his movies have made and how many albums he sold. That really turned me off.

Soubhiville I 100% agree with you. 3w
Cortg @Soubhiville It doesn‘t help that I‘ve only watched a couple of his movies and never thought much of them but I did really enjoy his early career 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3w
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Ladygodiva7
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First book of the year! 🎉

marleed It‘s a good one! 3w
Ladygodiva7 @marleed soooo good!! 3w
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Cortg
Will | Will Smith
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Started the new year with a Volksmarch and audiobbok since it was raining and I walked solo.

Amandajoy We used to do volksmarches when I was a kid. They were such fun! 3w
Cortg @Amandajoy Awe! You should look into it again. It‘s a fun way to exercise and explore new areas 😀 3w
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Sharpeipup
Will | Will Smith
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I know I‘m a little late.
1. Tagged book or cruelly yours
2. Finding a new job that comes with some life balance
#two4tuesday

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rsteve388
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#BookSpinBingo TBR physical books. I have an audiobook listed in my notebook not pictured. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I love Uprooted, but I also know a lot of people pretty much hated it, so I'll be interested to hear what you think!!! 3w
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Smartypants
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I was a little overwhelmed with the length of the book, but it kept me intrigued and his stories, the soundtrack, and brutal honesty made it an excellent memoir. #blitsy

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violettemeier
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Excellent book! I'm so glad I chose audiobook form because Will Smith telling his own story was compelling.

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Chelleo
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I am loving Will Smith‘s audiobook narration! Includes some musical snippets as well. #Blitsy #BlackLitsy

Smartypants @Chelleo I‘m so glad I decided on the audiobook too! I can‘t turn it off, loving the hip hop throwbacks. This book needs to publish a soundtrack! ❤️ 4w
violettemeier I loved it! 😍 4w
Bookpearl I‘m listening to it too! I love it!! (edited) 4w
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Now I don‘t have to wait my turn on Libby to read Will! Woot woot! Thank you @Soubhiville for the wonderful gifts! The beautiful bookmark has been added to my collection 💕💕 Can‘t wait to use the socks 😍😍and I‘m saving the chocolate for later. I love anything dark chocolate!! Hope you had a great Christmas my friend and happy holidays to you!

Soubhiville I hope you‘ll love the book! Happy Holidays! 💜 4w
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Soubhiville I know I will for sure! I‘m a big fan of Will Smith!! 😄 Happy Holidays to you too, Soubhi! (edited) 4w
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Rachel52
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Love my three gorgeous books I got for Christmas! 🎅 🎄🎁

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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Happy Jolabokaflod!!! OMG another great book and hot chocolate 🖤 #litsylove folks know how to make you feel special. Thank you to @shellleigh33 #Jolabokaflodswap

shellleigh33 I am so happy you love it. Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Merry Christmas Keia 💚🎄❤️ 1mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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I got this book purely for the outlandish snippets that I'd read online. Yes, Will Smith is supposed to be a likable person, but he's also worked incredibly hard to maintain that persona. He's not a perfect person, and this memoir is the most honest explanation of one's journey to finding fulfillment that I've ever read. While he comes off as selfish and boasting, he also admits to his wrongdoings and vows to be a better person. I loved this book.

Graywacke I was already interested before reading this terrific review. 1mo
MeganAnn I bought this for my son for Christmas because he loves Will Smith. Your review has me looking forward to reading it myself also! 1mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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LOL I set my glasses down and...well, it was perfect. 🤣🤓

jdiehr Ha, ha! 🤓 1mo
julesG 😂😂 1mo
marleed Oh funny! 1mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Starting a new book at the Denver Airport ✈

booksellerofyourdiscontent Reading at airports is one of my favorite things to do! Safe travels!!! 1mo
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eanderson
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Started! ❤️❤️❤️

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

Your mind is trying to protect you from hard things, to defend you from pain. The problem is, all of your dreams are on the other side of pain and difficulty. So, a mind that tries to seek pleasure and comfort and the easy way inadvertently poisons its dreams—your mind becomes a barrier to your dreams, an internal enemy.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

If quitting is an option, you‘ll never finish anything hard. The only way an imperfect mind can be forced to achieve is by removing all of its other options.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️ I thought Will Smith was supposed to be likable? I‘ve always been indifferent, liking Fresh Prince, but not many of his films. I‘m just gonna say it: This is one of the worst celebrity memoirs I‘ve ever read. It‘s an incessant boasting of fame and riches. He uttered some iteration of his being “the biggest movie star in the world” so often, I wish I‘d kept count. Humble, he is not. Very little of this felt sincere. Massively disappointing.

EvieBee Great, honest review. I knew from the onset that this wasn‘t for me. 1mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! I felt SO DIFFERENTLY. I LOVED his Philly swag and though he was not “humble”, he came across as someone who has experienced tremendous success but felt gratitude to his parents & his hometown roots. I had such a different reaction/ listening experience. Sorry you hated it. 1mo
britt_brooke @EvieBee Thanks! Yeah, I didn‘t expect to love it, but I‘m a fan of celebrity memoir (usually). Glad I got it from the library! 😅 1mo
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen I‘m happy you enjoyed it! 😚 I love the cover, at least. 😅 1mo
Cinfhen I hope you don‘t hate the Grohl… 1mo
Cinfhen And yessss, the cover art is fabulous #ScorchedEarth 😉 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I really liked the Grohl! I just haven‘t reviewed it yet. 😊 I‘m still 3 books behind, maybe more. Hopefully, I can get my shit together in 2022. 😂 1mo
ravenlee I‘ve never understood the appeal. I‘ve only seen a handful of Fresh Prince episodes and never got it. I thought MiB was okay but nothing special, and I loathed the live-action Aladdin (I mean, everything, but specifically the new genie). I just don‘t get it! But so many people have been raving about this book! 1mo
britt_brooke @ravenlee I couldn‘t even finish MIB. In fact, I distinctly remember my friends and I walking out of the theater. 😂 I don‘t understand all the positive reviews for this book. He‘s egotistical and annoying. (edited) 1mo
ravenlee I‘m so relieved it‘s not just me! 😆I know I watched the whole movie but I couldn‘t tell you anything about it. And I think I saw something else he was in (Enemy of the State? Or something?) that was equally unimpressive. I will just never understand. 1mo
britt_brooke @ravenlee 😂 Thinking on it now, I‘ve seen very few of his movies. And for good reason, it seems. 1mo
Reggie I like a lot of his stuff but lately with his and Jada‘s TMI marriage and him pushing his kids, kids that don‘t really seem to want to be in the spotlight, on us, he just seems real attention hungry lately. 1mo
EvieBee @Reggie Yes!! 1mo
kamoorephoto I will say I read that and took it as that was the phase he was going through at that time, when all that shit WAS important to him. Upon completing the book I felt like he had come to a lot of revelations and gone on a journey of understanding where he knew that a lot of that stuff didn‘t matter at all. He knew that he‘d lose his wife if he didn‘t wake up. His family is most important. He needed to forgive his dad. I read it and saw a journey. 1mo
britt_brooke @kamoorephoto I had a different experience, but I‘m happy you liked it! 1mo
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marleed
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Well, this was a fun and easy grid with a stack of tiny Christmas books. And I have more to go! But I have to tag Will because it‘s such a good memoir.

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

BookBabe Lots of cozy Christmas reads in there! 😃 1mo
marleed @BookBabe Ha - such a quick and easy grid of reading. I have piles of little Christmas books - I just can‘t quit them when they are out there in the wild looking all lonely in a thrift store. I‘m convinced they are so much more at home on my holiday shelves - and they are fun to read! 1mo
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Cazxxx
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Been listening to this the past few weeks while doing chores or when relaxing in the bath. Will is a great narrator and storyteller, he‘s had such an interesting life and I enjoyed every minute of this book!
4.5 ⭐️

eanderson Because of your review I got this with my free credit on audible! 😀 1mo
Cazxxx @eanderson oh brilliant!! Hope you enjoy the book, I thought it was fantastic 😊 1mo
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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

When you know what you want, it clarifies what you don‘t want. And even painful decisions, though not easy, become simple.

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Chelseabillups30
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Might be my favorite book I‘ve read this year…..and IT‘S DOG EARRED!!
And I didn‘t even do it.
Just flipped the page and there it was, just like that.
I am mortified. Appalled even.
Y‘ALL I AM NOT OKAY!!

😳💥😱💥🤯

PurpleyPumpkin No kidding! Dog-eared pages do NOT make me happy. I feel your pain. 😔 1mo
Librarianaut Dog-earring is a tragedy. The struggle is real! 1mo
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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

The capacity to adjust and improvise is arguably the single most critical human ability.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

Change can be scary, but it‘s utterly unavoidable. In fact, impermanence is the only thing you can truly rely on. If you are unwilling or unable to pivot and adapt to the incessant, fluctuating tides of life, you will not enjoy being here.

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Chelseabillups30
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A day late and waaaaaaaay to many dollars short in my real life bank account right now, lol.

But, another 4.3 hours and 115 pages of this read down.

Goals are to finish 2 of the 3 books I‘m attempting to end the year on.

I haven‘t read at all that much this year, only totaling 7 books, want to cap it at 10!!

I think I can, I think I can…. 📚🚂📖

Ruthiella You can do it! 💪 😃 1mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1mo
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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

The universe is not logical, it‘s magical.
A major aspect of the pain and mental anguish we experience as humans is that our minds seek, and often demand, logic and order from an illogical universe. Our minds desperately want shit to add up, but the rules of logic do not apply to the laws of possibility. The universe functions under the laws of magic.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

So, even when you haven‘t the slightest clue what you‘re doing, you just have to take a deep breath and get on the damn bus.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

We‘re all waiting until we have deep knowledge, wisdom, and a sense of certainty before we venture forth. But we‘ve got it backward—venturing forth is how we gain the knowledge.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

Life is like school, with one key difference—in school you get the lesson, and then you take the test. But in life, you get the test, and it‘s your job to take the lesson.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

Life is learning. Period. Overcoming ignorance is the whole point of the journey. You‘re not supposed to know at the beginning. The whole point of venturing into uncertainty is to bring light to darkness of our ignorance.

allureofbeauty I really want to read that. 1mo
Chelseabillups30 @allureofbeauty, you 100% should!! I am absolutely loving it so far!! 1mo
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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

Living is the journey from not knowing to knowing. From not understanding to understanding. From confusion to clarity. By universal design you are born into a perplexing situation, bewildered, and you have one job as a human: figure this shit out.

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Chelseabillups30
Will | Will Smith

Hope sustains life. Hope is the elixir of survival during our darkest times. The ability to envision and imagine a brighter day gives meaning to our suffering and renders it bearable. When we lose hope, we lose our central source of strength and resilience.

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Chelseabillups30
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Internal power and confidence are born of insight and proficiency. When you understand something, or you‘re good at something, you feel strong, and it makes you feel like you have something to offer. When you have adequately cultivated your unique skills and gifts, then you‘re excited about approaching and interacting with the world.

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