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Will: The Sunday Times Bestselling Autobiography Paperback – 10 November 2022
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If you read one book this year, make it this one -- Jay Shetty Published On: 2021-11-09
A wild ride ― New York Times Published On: 2021-11-09
Bracingly honest, vivid and compelling [...] how an average talent became the biggest movie star in the world ― The Times
Brilliant ― Telegraph
About the Author
Will Smith is an actor, producer, and musician, and an Academy Award, Grammy, and NAACP award winner, who has enjoyed a diverse career encompassing films, television shows, and multiplatinum albums. He holds many box office records, including the most consecutive $100 million-grossing movies (eight). He and his wife founded the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation to improve lives by providing invaluable resources to accelerate the growth of initiatives that focus on deepening individual and collective empowerment in the areas of arts and education, social empowerment, health and wellness, and sustainability.
Mark Manson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, the mega-bestseller that reached #1 in fourteen different countries. Mark's books have been translated into more than 50 languages and have sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
Mark runs one of the largest personal growth websites in the world, MarkManson.net, a blog with more than two million monthly readers and half a million subscribers. His writing is often described as 'self-help for people who hate self-help' -- a no-BS brand of life advice and cultural commentary that has struck a chord with people around the globe. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Forbes, Vice, CNN, and Vox, among many others. He currently lives in New York City.
Instagram: @markmanson Twitter: @IAmMarkManson
- Publisher : Penguin (Cornerstone) (10 November 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529158281
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529158281
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 503,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 :)
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.
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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.
The positives ? As I said well written, honest, frank and provides a deep understanding of Wills journey and what makes him tick….
The negatives ? The first 30/40% of the book is Will finding his way and you warm to the person, as you have to the person on screen…. However, once Will gets real success starting from the Fresh Prince period…he becomes narcissistic, up himself, completely self centred, obsessed about fame and his personal fortune, unlikeable, rude and deluded. If I had a £1 for every time he mentions that he’s the undisputed greatest actor in the world….I’d be wealthy too…. He’s not in the least humble, gracious or grounded. The way he describes his period with Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela….suggests he very much sees himself as being in the same category…. His description of deliberately interrupting a private conversation involving Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis to ask them “what he needs to do to ensure that he’s the greatest actor in the world” beggars belief….
As I said earlier, I’d very much recommend reading the book…even if it proves not to be what you thought it would be….