Who does not know The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? And the catchy, colorful rapper who preceded the show? There’s hardly a teenager from the 1990s who have forgotten his songs or performances. But not only that: Will Smith also made a name for himself with his acting career – and still does today.
When asked about his path to success, he said in a speech that he considered “walking and reading” to be essential elements in life. In terms of reading, he described the following three books as the most important to him.
“The Alchemist” (Paulo Coelho)
You can create what you want to create, if you only believe in yourself – this is how the moral of the story of the shepherd boy can be summarized.
Will Smith was so enthusiastic about this approach that he still enjoys the boy’s adventures to this day. In a way, it reflects his own life and dedication to his personal dreams.
“Outliers: The Story of Success” (Malcolm Gladwell)
What makes people so successful? And why are the most successful people almost always outsiders? With his summary of anecdotes, facts and a stunning story, Malcolm Gladwell has managed to change his view of himself and others.
As Will Smith put it: “If you don’t invest at least 10,000 hours in a project, you won’t make it to the championship title.” If you look at Will Smith in the cinema now, you can see there are probably more than 10,000 hours of effort invested in such achievements.
So which project is worth 10,000 hours or more to you?
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” (Robert T. Kiyosaki)
What’s the difference between rich and poor parents? Rich parents usually explain to their children how to handle money better, become financially independent – and above all: how to invest it purposefully.
Robert T. Kiyosaki speaks from experience with his own poor father and the rich father of his best friend. Based on these experiences, he developed an extraordinary financial perspective, which was the reason for his success as a financial coach and author.
Will Smith is no stranger to the “poorer” way of thinking, as he revealed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. So that his children could get to know their roots, which were not even that rich, and the associated management of money in a respected way, there was the equivalent book tip from their father…
Can you think of any books that have changed your life?
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