Woke up to a wonderful quote on my Facebook page that my buddy Ashley Ambirge over at TheMiddleFingerProject.org posted to her wall. It’s something that sounded familiar to me so of course my curious mind had to figure out where I had heard it before. It’s a quote from one my favorite dudes for the last, I don’t know how many years now, Will Smith. And if you haven’t heard of Will Smith then I only have one thing to ask… are you serious, bro?
Anyway, here’s the quote:
“The only thing I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will run. I will not be outworked. Period. You might have more talent than me. You might be smarter than me. You might be sexier than me. You might be all of those things. You got it on me in 9 categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple.”
– Will Smith
Here’s the show I remember watching years back that he said it on.
So this really got me pumped today, especially with the mountains of projects I have lined up ahead of me. It really ties in to the message that encompasses this site: MAKE SHIT HAPPEN!
Success isn’t going to be handed to you. Achievements aren’t won with both hands occupied with beer and pizza. Or like Kanye West said, “Ain’t no tuition for having no ambition.”
Taking action is key.
You can plan and plan, and learn and learn, but until you PHYSICALLY take action, you have nothing to measure against. You won’t know if it will work. A working theory is STILL a THEORY. If something doesn’t work, try something else.
Fuck failure. Fail. Fail as many times as you need to succeed.
That is all. Have a wonderful Friday.
Enjoy this clip. Metaphor, maybe. But also, inspiring for getting my ass back in shape.
Photo by Walmart Corporate / Flickr