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Will Audio CD – Unabridged, 18 January 2022
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"This book doesn't waste any time. . . . Like a lot of families, mine included, we talk about nothing. You took the carpet, you shook it, you beat it with a broom, you let it all out. . . . The book is so good." --Hoda Kotb, TODAY with Hoda and Jenna
"Will is not just a gift for the reader but an absolutely entertaining treat as well. . . . It's filled with laugh out loud, nostalgic references alongside poignant, powerful, relatable life and career lessons. . . . While we often think of leaders as successful, powerful . . . and oftentimes rich, Smith reminds us that the best leaders are really vulnerable, relatable and teachable." --Forbes "Will Smith isn't holding back in his bravely inspiring new memoir . . . An ultimately heartwarming read, Will provides a humane glimpse of the man behind the actor, producer and musician, as he bares all his insecurities and trauma." --USA Today "The real Smith, the one that yells, cries, experiences heartbreak, is much more interesting. Early on, his act gives way to images of unhealthy relationship patterns marked by people pleasing and insecurity. Elsewhere, Will rewards music fans with memories of hip-hop's early days, when getting a song played on the radio was a crowning achievement and selling rap albums was almost inconceivable." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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- Publisher : Penguin Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (18 January 2022)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0593146220
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593146224
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 4.01 x 14.86 cm
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Authored by Will Smith and Mark Manson.
The simplest way I can describe this book is inspiring. We all know Will Smith, whether it be through Fresh Prince, Men in Black or the plethora of work that he has done through the years. Will is a global force, well recognised and most people would say ‘a funny man’. Who is the man behind that mask? Reading this book makes you understand that it is just that…. A mask. But why? A man who seemingly has everything? Why pretend to be someone you’re not?
Reading this book answered every question & then some. Without giving (or trying to give) too much away, Will was a fearful child. There were tense moments at home which compounded his fearfulness. He was a child that liked to give, liked to make sure everyone was happy. There was a need to be approved, for people to like him. If they liked him, then he must be ok…..right? Even as a young child, he was grafting a persona, one that he hoped everyone would love. Love the persona he created…..love him. Right?
This memoir is transformative and triumphant, in that Will Smith felt life was perfect. Rapper, film star, family man, success, top of his game. So what changed him? A comment from a member of his family made him see that his family felt like performers in the “Will Smith show” and not the family they should be.
Will delicately details his journey. It’s a profound journey and one that clearly demonstrates you can have it all, but still feel like you have nothing. It’s a discovery for Will and one that he has written beautifully. There are some memoir writers that will tell you how wonderful life is and how great they are. That’s not Will. Will is as straight as they come. He will tell you the times he got mixed up with the wrong sort. He will tell you how he mastered his feelings. He will tell you how he realised what was important to him and why.
The book is a crazy life story of a kid from West Philadelphia who come good. It’s the story of a child whose mum wanted him to go to college but he wanted more. It’s the story of a born performer who steps out on the world stage to give the world what they want. It’s the story of a man who wants to be one better than the one before – if the top actor earns $10m, Will wants $11m. The book shows you how Ill is always striving to reach heights.
What this book also shows, is that the energy you put into your performing life, must also be given into family. Wills honesty in his words show you clearly when he messes up. What’s refreshing to see in a memoir, is someone saying “I wish I could this back”. Will has learned through life. He’s learned what really matters. It’s beautiful to read his words on working with his children. How much he enjoyed the quality time he had. I particularly loved reading how he promotes creativity: art supplies everywhere, music studio, areas to record his wife Jada`s show Red Table Talk.
Will Smith once said: “Once you've learned how your mind works, the layout, all experiences, emotions, every circumstance, whether positive or negative, will propel you forward, to greater growth and greater experience. "
This book clearly shows his growth, his mistakes, his remedies, his successes and his loves. Mr Smith has learned how his mind works and is a better man for his life lessons.
I have not been so captured by a book for years and, as I am not keen on biographical novels I rarely pick them up.
I like Will, always have and to get to know him more was fascinating because what you get is not what the man is about, that is his persona, not the real man. But the real man is still evolving and so what we get today may not hold true by tomorrow.
Mark Manson and Will Smith have written a wonderful book. It is so readable, it flows. There is so much more to Will than we would ever guess unless we read this, because, for all his loud noise and on going successful films, he is a very private man - although I bet he wouldn't agree with me.
I bought this book thinking it would last out my 'on-my-own-Christmas' but it didn't. It's now Boxing day and there is no Will any more.
However that's okay, I am surrounded by thoughts of his father and mother, his siblings and his grandmother, his children and his wives, every one of them alive and powerful characters, who crowd the pages along with all the show folk he works with, his friends and also people like Mandela, and Muhammad ali.
Success and failure and more success were great learning curves, as was love and becoming a father.
Above all the book has depth to it. As Will begins his journey we are allowed to tag along as he begins to peel back the restrictions in his own life and discover the real Will under it all. There is awareness there of things more profound than just surface living, there is truth, recognition and comprehension of life and what it's all about there, and for that alone it is worth the journey.
It does, of course, come to an end and I have one last question I have to ask, did Will survive his helicopter bungee jump? No one has ever said :)
Top reviews from other countries
This book amounts to look behind the curtain of what made this icon who he is, warts and all. While it is incredibly insightful and well written - those of us who liked having him up on a pedestal for being superhuman will realize that he is imperfect like us all.
What you get in this book is life experiences from Will wrapped around singular ideas like "fear", "Power" and "Hope" and he uses those themes and stories to teach us lessons about life. This book left me with a new understanding of Will and myself - in my opinion, that's all a great biographical works should do.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 November 2021