Will is another excellent celebrity biography that helps the readers understands what motivates a person like Will Smith to achieve greatness and excel in every endeavor he undertakes.
Who are Will Smith and Mark Manson?
Smith is one of the most well-known and iconic stars of Hollywood today. His popular sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and early rap career catapulted him to mainstream stardom. He appeared in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies in the last three decades, including Independence Day, Bad Boys, and Men in Black, making him one of Hollywood’s most successful actors.
He shares his life story with us in Will, a memoir he co-wrote with Mark Manson. This is a candid look into a man’s life whose music and acting are adored around the world.
What is The Book Will About?
“Will” is indeed a fairy tale of dazzling fortune in Smith’s autobiography – though the narrator admits to a thin line between his waking and dream lives, explaining that he has never trusted anyone. Writing with Mark Manson, a mega-selling personal-growth author who frequently uses profanity, the book is a call to self-actualization. The journey from ignorance to understanding is described here.
Having grown up in West Philadelphia, Will had a difficult life. The author begins by describing the horrific act of domestic violence his father committed against his mother as a child and the shame and cowardice he felt for being young enough to witness such a despicable act and not be able to prevent it and continuing with an account of another nightmare act of domestic violence the author saw as a young child. His actions as a father, husband, and public figure were shaped by that moment and every aspect of his upbringing.
Will goes into detail about the violent qualities of his father and describes the many things he did for him and his siblings while also being conflicted and thankful for everything he did for them. Aside from his grandmother and mother, he mentions both of them as educators who emphasized education and love instead of his father’s view of discipline.
Will shares how his sense of humor and desire to perform developed as an African American man and how he became prejudged for his race. Humor was his way of keeping things color blind since it could make people laugh and be entertained, making them less racist and discriminatory. Further, after his mother left the family home, he watched sitcoms for comfort.
Why You Should Read ‘Will’ By Will Smith?
In the book, Smith discusses his key milestones, including rapping, the birth of his moniker ‘The Fresh Prince,’ his friendship with DJ Jazzy Jeff, and their frequent collaborations in the ’80s and ’90s. After winning a Grammy, starring in his hit sitcom, becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and marrying Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith embarked on a journey as a father. The writing style of Mark Manson also adds to the book’s appeal – there are pearls of wisdom throughout every chapter, giving Smith’s memoir a somewhat self-help feel.
It is the story of one of the most dynamic and influential figures in entertainment, which took a brave and inspiring path to reach the point where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. We found this book fascinating and brilliant. Will unfolds the narrative of his life. It’s equal parts hilarious and torturous. When waxes on about his journey of self-discovery, you can feel a tension between his awareness of why he is who he is and what drives him, compared to his ego and personality, which obscure how deep this personal knowledge has permeated? You’ll just have to read the book to judge for yourself. If the final few chapters are believed, it won’t bother Will what you conclude.