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Will

2021 . Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs, Self-help, Personal Growth, Entertainment & Performing Arts . Will Smith

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About the book

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller! “It's the best memoir I've ever read.” —Oprah Winfrey “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 Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had. Will Smith’s transformation from a West Philadelphia kid to one of the biggest rap stars of his era, and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, is an epic tale—but it’s only half the story.   Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over.    This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. Written with the help of Mark Manson, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Will is the story of how one person mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world's biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home. The combination of genuine wisdom of universal value and a life story that is preposterously entertaining, even astonishing, puts Will the book, like its author, in a category by itself.

Year:

2021

Language:

English

Publisher:

Penguin

Pages:

432

ISBN:

1984877933 (ISBN13: 9781984877932)

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Reviews

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Morten Schroeder image

11 months ago

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Really awesome and extremely insightful and thoughtful book! I’d recommend anyone who enjoys biographies to read this. Is narrated by him and it’s very honest and fun. Growing up loving Fresh Prince of Bellair made it extra fun. Lots of thoughts on this one: 1) Did not realize quite how successful he was both as a musician and actor. There can’t be many people (any?) who achieved such success across two industries 2) It reiterated a point I see over and over again. The really great all share one thing: They work harder than anyone else. They GRIND like CRAZY! 3) Perhaps the most important point. Will Smith had achieved everything and was at the top of high career and still he felt EMPTY. I think this part is really important. He got lost in trying to achieve and alienated his family in the process - and almost lost all of them. 4) Will Smith got ‘healed’ by psychedelics - more precisely Ayahuasca! A person who had never done any ‘drugs’. Psychedelics are here to stay and I’m happy he put this in his book for others to learn from it. Only critique: it ended suddenly. I was not ready and felt rushed in the end. I never felt like I understood how he truly mended his marriage but maybe that got a bit too close for him! Overall: Great job Big Willy 👌

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Markus Marañon Straarup image

10 months ago

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A fantastic book that gives an awesome insight into Will’s life. The level of success he achieved across hip hop, TV and movies is unparalleled. No doubt will showed grit and an extreme work ethic to reach these goals. However this is also a book about someone who spent his entire life looking for external acceptance, and first later in life realized that wasn’t what mattered. Honest, engaging, and insightful!

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Anders Knudsen

5 months ago

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I liked the book - especially the first part until he talked his mental issues. That part was a bit unstructured and I lost the thread a few times. However - what an amazing career🙌

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Holti Kellezi

11 months ago

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Love it! Heard it in audiobook and Will’s way of reading it gives it a whole new life. 💪 Must read for 2021

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Charles Burns

11 months ago

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Brilliant. Read my full review here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/book-review-smith-charles-burns

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New York Times Best Sellers image

1 year ago

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The actor, producer and musician tells his life story and lessons he learned along the way.

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Kristina Tiffin

7 months ago

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I would recommend listening to the Audiobook for the full experience. I loved listening to Will not only reading it but immersing you in the moment with sounds clips and his emotion.

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Karthik Gunasekaran

8 months ago

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Very genuine autobiography and at the same time very entertaining like a fiction.

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1 year ago

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“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.

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Morten Schroeder image

12 months ago

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“Life is like school but with one key difference. In school we get a lesson and then we take the test. In life, we get the test and it’s your job to take the lesson! Venturing forth is how we gain the knowledge. So even when you haven’t got the slightest clue what you’re doing, you just have to take a deep breath and get on that bus”

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Jake Phil

12 months ago

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Erich W

10 months ago

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