Jan 11, 2010

Will Smith’s 12 Words of Inspiration

Will Smith – actor, rapper, producer, successful idol…speaks on the things that have inspired his journey.


While I am skeptical of words of wisdom spouted by celebrities, sometimes we ought to take them seriously. For the mere fact that, they are successes and successes always has something to teach us. But again, in the case of Will Smith, I really admire the man. He has consistently walked the talk, be it his succssful journey towards stardom or his personal life (He is married to Jada-Pinkett Smith since 1997). So, it wasn’t an eye strain to hear him speak about his rules for life in this YouTube video.



Here are his 12 rules for life -

  1. Greatness exists in all of us.
  2. Yes, life can be easy if we let it be.
  3. There is greatness in all of us.
  4. Lay one brick at a time.
  5. Focus on making a difference.
  6. Represent an idea…represent possibilities.
  7. You HAVE to BELIEVE in yourself.
  8. Nothing is unrealistic.
  9. Our thoughts are physical.
  10. You really got to focus.
  11. Attack your fears.
  12. Be willing to die for the truth.


Of al the points, the eleventh one got ingrained the most. Attack your fears…fear is what reins in all our dreams and we should always attempt to let go of our fears.

Let me know what you think of these 12 points and which one is the most applicable to your life.

Video Credit: themindguru

Jul 8, 2009

Roger Federer – The Motivation is in the Challenge


Roger Federer at Wimbledon

What’s Roger Federer’s big secret? As the two gladiators fought over four hours and 77 games, to me he looked assailable at every turn.  The last game saw him finally conquer Roddick, Wimbledon and his 15th Grand Slam.

There is very little left for him to achieve, but his elation at winning gives away his raw hunger for more. So what motivates him to keep playing those sublime passing shots? What makes him get up from the bed and practice his trademark spinning slices? Even if he never wins again, he will be hailed as the ‘Greatest’. But I am sure he will.

Because winning is in his DNA. Motivation in him is self generated - remember, he doesn't have a coach. But is that alone that gives him the motivational shove…many play on just for the sake of playing…some play on to keep anonymity at bay…and some just do it for the money. I don’t think Roger Federer needs all that. Perhaps Roger himself has the answer –

“It’s a test, and that’s why I like to go over these records.”

For him it’s all a challenge. To go over the next hurdle that presents itself (Sometimes it’s called Rafael Nadal).

For him, all the achievements are like an albatross around his neck too. Because come a Grand slam…cometh the expectations. 

"It's important to face it, not say, 'Oooh, I don't want to hear about it.' Because it's there. It's reality. And I always say, 'You've got to be able to handle it."

The word CHALLENGE should be in our own lexicon too. We lesser mortals usually balk when a hurdle falls slam bang in front of us. Why don’t we say – Hey, it’s just a test. I am gonna face it and I am gonna pass it.

The words somehow can conjure up motivation. With motivation, courage is not far behind.

Like Federer who knows that defeating Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam final is the toughest challenge. But in all the interviews I have seen and read I have always seen him keen for the contest. He might not sleep well the night before, but be sure when he exits the locker he is ready and willing.

Sports are a reflection of life after all.

Image: Lucky B

Oct 26, 2008

The Do Lectures - A Website Which Inspires, Simply.

TheDoLectures Sometimes the efficacy of the internet is brought to us by some simple but thoughtful sites. And it’s a delight when it's serendipitous. One such little nugget is TheDoLectures.com. It's just about the 'do'. It's a site which was born out of a dinner table conversation between >David and Clare Hieatt. I wish I had such bright sparks of inspiration while chewing the cud. The site is simply about bringing some of the doers of the world onto the podium and let them share their insights with the whole wide world. And refreshingly it's not about the big 'do's'...the ones in the shadow of the limelight but with an achievement to boast of, also take the stage.

They share their knowledge, the wisdom and their individual visions. I took in some of the lectures...The one by Andy Kirkpatrick was great to say the least. Not verbose, not dull and definitely not without a lesson. Andy Kirkpatrick by the way is a climber. Not a social one but something far more exceptional - he does it on some of the world's highest mountains. He talks about three fears - fear of the heights, fear of snakes and fear of the unknown. Through the metaphor of the mountain and his climb he describes his 'ascent' out of the fears, beautifully.

The site is all about such people, known and unknown but with balls of fire. And the common thread through all the videos of their talks and presentations is there effort to rub off all that pep on us. So without further ado, head over to the site and talk a look for yourself. Perhaps, you will find something to think (and do) about.
The only requirement when you visit the site is of course a browser with Flash Player 9 plug-in, a net connection and an interested ear.

I would like to thank Aibek over at MakeUseOf.com for this piece of serendipity.


Here’s the lecture by Andy: