Last weekend, the release of the film Men in Black III got me to thinking about what a Hollywood success story like Will Smith has in common with your “everyday big money guy…”
I’m talking about the most successful business people.
People who started from scratch and are now millionaires, and more…
The serious heavy-hitters, that when they talk, people listen.
By the way, when I say super-successful, I mean it in every sense of the word. Yes, they all have a boatload of money, but they also LOVE what they are doing. They all are happy. They all are extremely family oriented. They all contribute heavily to charity. (There are some pretty good lessons right there, eh?)
Not only have I led our Diamond and Platinum Mastermind Groups with “Big Money Guys,” but I’m in a Mastermind Group with them too — which means I’ve experienced first-hand what winners like this talk about and do.
Mega actor, film producer and rapper Will Smith has talked about success many times in interviews (and speeches too), so I thought it would be interesting to see if there were any commonalities between what Smith says about success and what the “Everyday Big Money Guy” says…
First though, to give you a little background on what makes Smith qualified, he demonstrates repeatedly that he knows how to succeed. For instance, just to name a few highlights, Smith:
- Holds the record for the actor to star in the most consecutive $100 million-grossing movies (Men in Black II, Bad Boys II, I, Robot, Shark Tale, Hitch, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Hancock, Seven Pounds, Men in Black III.)
- Is one of the few in the entertainment industry who’s enjoyed success in music, TV and film, topping the music charts (as a rapper), starring in a hit TV show (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and now an A-list mega-movie-star (and film producer.)
- Acted in films that have grossed $5.7 billion in the global box office (as of 2011.)
Here are four common principles Smith and the everyday Big Money Guy practice:
After winning at the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, Smith told the audience that his two keys to success in life were running and reading.
Running because when you are running “there’s a person in your head who says, ‘I’m tired and I want to give up,’ so from running you will learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life…”
It’s amazing to me how most, if not all of the “Everyday Big Money Guys” have a story about something that happened to them that would make a lot of people give up.
When you have a failure or there is an obstacle in your path, what do you do? The only people who fail are those who stop trying.
Smith says that there are millions of people who have lived before us, so there’s no problem you can have that someone else hasn’t already solved. Therefore reading will help you find the answer to whatever challenge you are having.
One of the first questions, mega-successful people ask is, “What are you reading?” In fact, at Mastermind Meetings, each and every member talks about and recommends BOOKS that they’ve read. They are voracious readers. Leaders are readers. It’s that simple. Are you reading a book a week? If not, get on a reading plan. Thirty minutes a day should get the job done—even if you are a slow reader.
Don’t miss crucial opportunities.
Your situation is not the result of your circumstances. Smith says, “You make a choice. If you will just DECIDE what you want, the universe will get out of your way. Smith says, “You can create whatever you want, you just have to know what you want and take the opportunities as they come your way. We are who we choose to be.”
When I look around at the Diamond members who are super successful — the ones in the Mastermind Groups — The “Big Money Guys,” they are the ones who take every opportunity placed before them and work harder at taking immediate action.
Smith says it all when he says, “You’re not going to out-work me. It’s such a simple, basic concept. The guy who is willing to hustle the most is going to be the guy who just gets that loose ball…”
He also says, “The majority of people who AREN’T getting to places they want or AREN’T achieving the things they want, is strictly based on being OUTWORKED and on MISSING CRUCIAL OPPORTUNITIES.”
Are you taking every opportunity that comes your way? Are you prepared to take action? Or are you letting opportunities pass you by because you don’t have the time or the money or whatever?
As Smith says, “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.”
During an interview in USA Today after Smith’s movie “Seven Pounds” came out, Smith talked about leaving nothing to chance and making a plan for everything — even his marriage. Smith said he did a “Marriage Business Plan”.
Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett sat down and asked “Where do we see ourselves in 40 years from now?” Among his plan for where they would live and their family plans, Smith said they see themselves as, “The greatest philanthropists that America has ever seen. We’re going to try and get up there with Bill and Melinda Gates.” Smith said that as part of their plan, “We talked through all the elements of where we want to be so we can start, in this moment, designing our life toward that.”
Like Smith, the everyday “Big Money Guys” I’ve been around talk about their mission—which interestingly in every single case is about helping other people and in some cases, changing the world.
What is your mission? Have you written it down? Is it really yours or is it what someone else thinks it should be or what you think sounds good?
In connection to this, I’ll also point out the congruency between wealthy and genuinely wanting to help others. These mega-wealthy people really care about helping people and run their lives and their businesses based on their strongly held values.
So another question to ask yourself is how are you doing at tying in your personal values to your day-to-day business activities?
I could keep going, however when you consistently apply these four key principles, you should see your life soar to new heights (and new profits).
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