Aside from being a hilarious and talented entertainer, Will Smith has a tremendous desire for others to live greater lives. It’s funny how people anticipate “money shot” Q&A from celebrities about who they’re dating, what they’re driving, etc. In this montage of several interviews, it’s clear that Mr. Smith has been past the trivial rubbish for a while… and has been generously providing viewers with meaningful content about secrets to success for years.
It is wonderful to see an uber-successful celebrity using fame to inspire millions of others- because in the end it’s all about paying it forward to others.
One of the quoted highlights of the video:
“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity. What’s the point of being realistic? It’s unrealistic to walk into a room and flip a switch, and lights come on. That’s unrealistic. Fortunately, Edison didn’t think so. It’s unrealistic to think you’re gonna bend a piece of metal, and fly people over the ocean, in that metal. That’s unrealistic! But fortunately, the Wright brothers and others didn’t believe that. And it just seems like such a ridiculous- ridiculous- idea to me, to embrace the idea that ‘It’s not gonna happen’ and ‘That’s not real‘…as SOON as you say it, now you’ve just made that real.”
No one, not ONE (including one of sports’ most iconic figures), is exempt from the inevitability of failure…of disappointment…of error- in pursuit of success.
Fear of failure: could this be the Achilles’ Heel to the majority of humanity?
“As a magician I try to show things to people that seem impossible. Whether I’m holding my breath or shuffling a deck of cards, it’s pretty simple: it’s practice, it’s training and experimenting, while pushing through the pain to be the best that I can be.” -David Blaine
A surprisingly enlightening lecture from controversial magician David Blaine- watch the video and you’ll see there’s much more to him than attention-grabbing antics.
Inspiration truly does manifest in different ways.
It’s official: Erykah Badu is our generation’s Nina Simone.
When it comes to talent, there are some that practice and train for years to become great (that’s most of us). Then there are the precious few that were simply BORN TO DO IT. Grammy-nominated R&B sensation Jazmine Sullivan has a vocal talent that cannot be denied, and this video of the prepubescent performer (at age 11) shows that some people simply have a God-given gift.
Make sure to watch the video in its entirety to witness her incredible performance in a school’s rendition of “The Wiz”. Most likely, you will never forget it.
It may sound strange for me to say, but Monique did NOT win the Golden Globes this week on telecast. She actually won decades ago, but no one knew but she and her husband.
How so? The evidence was in her acceptance speech:
“I am in the MIDST of my DREAM…and when I look into the eyes of the man that I stood next to at 14 years old, and I said to him ‘One day, we’re gonna be STARS,’ and he said ‘You first.’ And we walk this red carpet tonight…”
The lesson? Our dreams don’t come true with the day see physical manifestation…it begins with our words and declarations. Below is a video of Monique’s press session after the ceremony. I transcribed a powerful part of the video for you to read in case you don’t have time to view the whole segment:
Journalist: “I remember you…telling me things about being younger and not having it all. And now you seemingly are getting every dream coming your way. But I know you’re heart is still with those girls that are 10, 12, 13, that want what you have now. So the message to every little girl who wants the ‘Monique Dream’ what is it?”
Monique: “Dream the Impossible Dream. And Don’t Believe the Sky is the Limit…Go Above It“
Holy cow: This may be the most anticipated, promising comeback in soul music since…well, Maxwell a few months ago. But it’s certainly not a bad thing; watching the influx of established artists resurface with more quality material is simply exciting and RELIEVING. The songstress with the dizzying vocals returns with the heavy-themed “Soldier of Love,” which sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard in recent years. But this is Sade, who has always been in a league of her own with her multi-ethnic, multi-genre sound. The song may be hard to get into at first, but it will hit you by the 3rd listen. Beautiful music.
The new album, “Soldier of Love,” debuts February 9, 2010!