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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You don’t become a megastar like Will Smith without picking up a bit of wisdom—and some seriously amazing stories—along the way. Collaborating with self-help author Mark Manson, Smith chronicles his life and career and shares inspiring observations about the lessons he’s learned. (The quote “living is the journey from not knowing to knowing” really stuck with us.) Smith is just as charismatic on the page as he is on screen. Even when he’s discussing painful topics, like how much of his drive and ambition were shaped by his abusive, alcoholic dad, his raw honesty and charm shine through. We loved reading about his meteoric rise as a rapper and actor—from touring with Public Enemy to negotiating a movie contract for tens of millions, every stop on his journey had us enthralled. Will is a memoir with just as much star power as the celebrity behind it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a great book with so many nuggets about life, success, following your dreams and being true to yourself. I learned so much about the music industry, the TV and film industry as well. I can appreciate more Will Smith as a person versus as a celebrity. I think he put his soul into this book and it shows as it resonates with my soul. He was honest about everything!!! About his quest for success, his misgivings in his personal and professional life and his family. I was already a fan of the Smiths family. Now I admire how them being open to share their truths with the worl in the platform can have ripple effects in tho the world. Great joy to read this book!