Just Decide

Just Decide

“Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric elusive god-like feature that only special people possess. It’s something that truly exists within all of us.” – Will Smith

Will Smith, known as one of the most successful actors of this generation has movies that earned over $5.7 Billion in global box offices, and in 2007 Newsweek called him the most powerful actor in Hollywood.

It didn’t happen by accident. After Will got his started acting, he made the choice to become the biggest movie star in the world. The first thing he did was watch the 10 top-grossing movies of all time and looked for patterns among them. Will has said, “I study the patterns of the universe.”

It strikes me that this exactly what is required by entrepreneurs. Every entrepreneur has a vision for how the universe could be better, but successful entrepreneurs are able to actually change the universe to match their vision – just as Will Smith has done and continues to do.

At Startuup, we talked among ourselves and figured out what got us to where we are. It was fairly consistent in finding that we all made a choice, we all decided that this is what we wanted to do. With all matters of the universe, it seems as though your gut and heart knows when you find something that is right, when it was meant to me.

As an entrepreneur you have to simply decide on what you want to do. Then once you decide, you have to dedicate yourself on putting your 100% into it. Throughout your journey you will find out things about yourself that you never knew existed. You will also come to find that you may not succeed on the first, second, or even fifth try but you must keep pushing forward. You will learn that with each failure, you learn, you grow, and you are that much closer to your goal.

Trust in that it was very frustrating to encounter failures along the way but “failing” at multiple ideas or products has lead us to creating bigger and better products. But like anything else, you can either decide to learn from them, adjust, or decide to quit. I’m the type of person who would rather fail one thousand times and look back on my life with no regrets knowing that at least I tried, than to be the person who lives with regret.

Will Smith is no doubt one of the most prolific entertainers in the world today. He’s been in countless blockbuster movies and is undoubtedly one of the most famous entertainers on the planet today. Smith is also very outspoken about what he believes it takes to achieve success. Listed below are five of his secrets to success and I hope you can take away some form of inspiration from this article.

Here are 5 of Will Smith’s Secrets of Success derived from various interviews.

Step 1: Believe

The first step – before anybody else in the world believes it – is you have to believe it!

If you don’t believe in yourself and in your vision, then nobody else will either. Trust in that being an entrepreneur is a long lonely road with no reinforcements or cheering squad behind you. You are your own support, you are your own belief system, and you are your own army.

But, more importantly, your belief in the eventual success will guide your thoughts and your actions to actually make it more likely that your goals wills be accomplished. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

Step 2: Make a Choice

Just decide what it’s going to be, who you’re going to be, how you’re going to do it. Just decide. And then, from that point, the universe is going to get out of your way.

Believing in something only works if you continue believing in it, week after week and month after month. That’s why it’s so important to make a definitive choice at the beginning of your journey. Just make sure that you choose something that you’re genuinely passionate about.

Once you’ve decided who you want to be, begin thinking and acting as that person.

Step 3:  Change the Way You Think

Our thoughts, our feelings, our dreams [and], our ideas are physical in the universe.

Everybody knows that tables, chairs, and buildings are physical; they have a definite mass, volume, and shape. But thoughts, feelings, and dreams exist only in our minds. They’re metaphysical.

So has Will gone off the deep end?

Not exactly – thoughts may not be physical per say, but they do have physical consequences. When we change the way that we think about reality, it causes us to act in a way that changes reality.

The lesson is to be aware of our thoughts and to actively think in a positive way, a way that pushes us forward towards our goals.

Step 4: Work Hard

While the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working. While the other guy’s eating, I’m working.

Hard work is the key to success. It’s that simple. You have to put in the work. Nothing comes easy and success comes to those who put in the work while the others sleep.

Allow me to add here that in blogging, there is no easy road to success. Stop looking up Neil Patel, SEO shortcuts, how to make money online, etc. Simply put in the work and let your content provide value to others. From there, traffic and money will eventually come. But for now, just put in the work! If you’re doing this for money forget about it….quit now.

Step 5: Lay One Brick at a Time

When Will was a 12-year-old kid, his dad gave him an impossible task: rebuild the brick wall in front of his business. It took Will and his little brother a year-and-a-half, but they built the wall.

How did a couple of little kids build a big brick wall? Will explains:

You don’t try to build a wall. You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say, “I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.” You don’t start there. You say: “I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.” And you do that every single day, and soon you’ll have a wall.

Building a successful business from scratch sometimes seems an insurmountable task – especially when you’re shooting to build the “biggest, baddest, greatest” business that’s ever been built.

But don’t be intimidated. Lay one brick every day – make a little bit of progress every day – and soon you’ll have built a successful business.

So I share this article with you because I want you to “Just Decide” on what you want to do. Starting a blog can be intimidating but what I have found is that once you find something that you are passionate about, it really doesn’t feel like work. My goal with Startuup was to first prove to myself that I can create a quality blog. From here, I’ll take the next step.

Whether it be starting a blog, inventing a product, or starting a business, you first must simply decide. Once you decide, put your 100% into it, learn from failures, be resourceful, and let your reasons motivate you when times get tough. Trust in that we’re all in this together! There is no easy road to success. When you’re driving home from work, stuck in traffic, turn the music off and ask yourself what you truly want to do. Once you figure that out, simply DECIDE that you’re going to pursue it with your 100% no matter what!



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