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Will by Will Smith & Mark Manson Book Summary

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.

Will (Will Smith & Mark Manson) Book Reviews

Good; Didn’t love itA good read and detailed background into Will’s life.Score: 3/5

Highly recommended!A must read if you are a fan of Will Smith. Inspiring on so many levels!.Score: 5/5

Fun bookWent into this book without expectations and found it super engaging and fun to read!.Score: 5/5

Big WillllaaaayyyyyyyyI was excited to obtain this book. It is a true page turner and I am loving every second of it. I have even convinced my husband to read it. Will and Jada are both profound and full of wisdom and I love the life lessons provided. Thank you Will for a great read..Score: 5/5

Great book!I’m a fan of Will’s. I love his movies & TV show. I really enjoyed reading about his life. Open, honest read..Score: 5/5

Holds Nothing BackWill Smith is not very, but extremely open about life. From the beginning to the end he holds nothing back about his ups & downs, triumphs & tragedies. He also gives readers an inside view of how the music industry & Hollywood REALLY works & fame & fortune is not all that it seems. HIGHLY recommended!.Score: 5/5

I was expecting something light and saucy, instead I received meaningful life lessonsWill Smith’s success is no accident. The man got a bit of luck at the start and he listened to good advice, studied the industry and followed the discoveries. Along with his unparalleled work ethic become the biggest grossing movie star to date. And he did so while maintaining relationships with family and friends who had always been his support. This book is a resource for me. I could write much more about how great this book is. Just I read it and discover..Score: 5/5

Loved itBook. I so get Will and his vulnerability Ann’s Authenticity! I named my cat after him years ago and I am so glad I did! Will is a Amazing hunan being!.Score: 5/5

RecommendedAwesome story..Score: 5/5

Thank youThis is a great read. I enjoyed every page..Score: 5/5

The most insightful and impactful auto biography I’ve ever readEvery page urges turn the next one. You don’t want to miss any story or lesson hidden in these stories! Love it.Score: 5/5

Great readLove the book.Score: 5/5

A MUST READAbsolutely incredible read! Thank you..Score: 5/5

Beautiful, REAL and RAW!!I could not put this book down!! I am inspired. Will is a beautiful human being and that’s why he’s so blessed beyond measure. He deserves everything he has and more..Score: 5/5

Book of the year!!It was a great read. It really let you into the mind of Will Smith. I feel like he poured his soul into this book. If you are a fan, this is the book to have..Score: 5/5

Surprisingly great book!He’s a man who’s now aware of his flaws and the personality/ego he built to protect himself and those around him. It’s funny. It’s outrageous. And yet it still manages to deliver a story of transformation . . . An ongoing transformation, of course. Put aside everything you’ve heard and seen him do - the good, the foolish, the immature and everything in between. Read it. I think he’s transforming upwards..Score: 5/5

Excellent Biography - Has depthI am now a Will fan. For me this is one of those rare books that left me wishing for more, the end came to fast. As will tells his remarkable story of giant success and big failures his personality and character comes through with clarity. His insights into family and being a Man in a family have the wisdom baked in that comes only through experience. I am grateful for his honesty and careful reflection. He is someone who feels fully dedicated to self improvement and being a positive role model. Other reviewers criticized his bragging; honestly it hit me wrong many times while reading it as well but my opinion is that its there because thats who Will is and its who he needs to be. The book doesn’t suffer for it because now I feel like I know this guy and it will be easier to learn from his successes and failures as a result which for me is the purpose of reading a biography. Thanks Will for writing this. Caleb Johnson - Maine.Score: 5/5

WILLPOWER!!Great and inspirational read!! Opens the mind to a greater construct of Love, Happiness, gratitude, family, and mostly overcoming fear!!.Score: 5/5

Reveling and emotionally related to anyoneThis is the kind of book that you should reading if you’re interested in improving your life, business or or career. A great story first hand of the perks of success, and build a life at the same time..Score: 4/5

Great Memior!The only disappoitment was when I got the end! Incredibly inspiring. Thank you Will..Score: 5/5

Book review by Pete T.I just loved the book, laughed and cried throughout it. I can’t relate to the success in hip-hop, TVs, and movies that Will had (no one can) but I can relate to the family stories with Daddio, having an extremely loving mother as my bedrock, and brothers, sisters and friends that provided unconditional love to me throughout my life. I started reading the book before Will’s unfortunate slap down of Chris Rock, stopped reading it for a week, and then picked it up again with aplomb. You realize from reading the book that Will is a savant, complicated cat, DEEP thinker, and HARD worker but no ordinary person can reach the heights in rap, TV, and movies without some internal tumult. That’s what makes Will … Will, and I so appreciate him. When his Daddio was dying, he asked himself, “Did my Life Have Meaning”; when Will’s penultimate day comes and he asks himself that, the answer will be a resounding “YES”. (And btw, I loved Gigi.).Score: 5/5

Great!Amazing!!!. This was a major surprise at how good it was.Score: 5/5

I love this bookWill tells us his life story, the good, the bad, and the ugly in a Will way..Score: 5/5

Thoroughly Enjoyed Each ChapterI’ve never heard Will Smith talk this long about himself, but it was a conversation with the Reader that gave me the journey thus far of Will Smith and it is an enjoyable one. His sense of humor and intellect, are all through it and makes the read that much easier to read, never a dull moment and many magical ones. Thank You for sharing so many intimate moments of your life with us. 🙏🏽.Score: 5/5

For WillI didn’t want this one to end.Score: 5/5

WillDefinitely a page turner. Interesting but also very thought provoking..Score: 5/5

This booked rocked meThis book slaps 10/10.Score: 5/5

First book ever read in life!I’ve never read a book before & I am currently 26 years old. From the first page “building that brick wall” I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. Also, the fact that I related to most of Will Smith’s life occurrences is another reason why I was so intrigued with this book. If I can give it 10 stars I would. Now I want to read more books like this 😂..Score: 5/5

TimelyWill’s exploration into the “why” behind the “what” he spent most of his life striving for was exactly what I needed to read at this time in my life..Score: 5/5

Honest and engagingThis book far surpassed my expectations. Mr. Smith is a masterful storyteller, indeed. He writes with humor, tenderness and honesty…painting such a vivid picture of his childhood, that once his career gets going, the reader feels they’re relating to someone they knew in high school, even as he engages in one extraordinary experience after another. Already known for his ability to feel “accessible” from the stratosphere of stardom, Will has taken that quality to another level by including the reader in this very sincere examination of self..Score: 5/5

Best book I’ve read in agesBeautifully written book. Incredibly inspiring and thought provoking..Score: 5/5

Best book of 2021I loved it. Easily the most transformative book I’ve read this year. The chapters "Surrender" and "Love" launched me on a journey for enlightenment. It’s some how a memoir and self help book all in one and I find myself quoting excerpts of the book to my students, colleagues, and family members all the time. Truly inspirational. Bravo!.Score: 5/5

Great book.Loved the stories and life lessons..Score: 5/5

Amazing!Couldnt put it down! I want MORE! Love his open-ness and raw stories about his life- his emotional tide as well as his physical ride. Love this book! Love him!!! Love his family!!!!.Score: 5/5

I love it.I.Score: 5/5

InspiringThe universe is magical not logical.Score: 5/5

An inspiring, heartfelt, bold, loving lunaticI thoroughly enjoyed reading Will’s words. His voice in my head after being a fan throughout his career, helped add to the pleasure of the read. I highlighted so many things he wrote as so much resonated with me. He can be a bit of a braggart, but with his amazing career who wouldn’t be? Not that any fan didn’t already know his long list in entertainment. A young music artist would learn a lot from Will’s trek in music. This book cemented why I enjoy anything Will does. Thank you Will, for a small glimpse into your journey. It was exhilarating as well as exhausting to read how and what you do on the daily. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

Good read.I appreciated everything about the book. I read a lot of people’s comment about how much Will bragged. But I didn’t see it that way. As i read through the book I thought this is a man sharing what it’s like to live in stardom outwardly but struggle to find and enjoy the stardom within. This book highlighted multiple roles you have to play throughout life to finally understand who you are aside from the expectations of others. This book made me more a fan of and appreciate Will as a whole instead of just a celebrity. So check it out!.Score: 5/5

❤️I love you Will❤️.Score: 5/5

This is a great readI’ve read the first three chapters and was hooked since chapter one. I’ve felt more connected to “Will” than ever before since reading this book. There’s so much more to be said, however, you’ll need to purchase and read it for yourself. #NoSpoliers.Score: 5/5

Absolutely amazing!Love the book! Love the audio version , narrated by Will himself. I appreciate the openness and vulnerability. This book echoes a lot of my own life journeys and revelations. This book helped me overcome my own struggles from the past . Every chapter brings loads of wisdom. It’s one of my most favorite books I’ve read in a very long time..Score: 5/5

OMGThis is the best book I’ve ever read..Score: 5/5

We wOk w the next.Score: 3/5

Love reading this book !!!!! I learned so much about life and what is important in this journey!!!👍🏽.Score: 5/5

Self Imposed BubblesI had this memoir on my list well before the infamous slap took place. I can unabashedly say he has been a favorite of mine for a long time. A positive representation of the black male experience in a forest of negative casting. Reading his memoir gives his life and the incident new meaning by adding fifty years of context into one of the world’s biggest personalities. What you see in the end Is that this memoir is about how we all can fall victim to navigating the universe through bubbles we place ourselves into. Over the course of these very personal and candid stories Will Smith shows us how these bubbles distort reality for better or worse. We get a backstage pass into the fear and need for approval that is at the root of his being and perhaps your own. In the most revealing moments we see how the misalignment of expectations has impacted his most intimate relationships. In that light the big Oscar moment makes more sense. People hate to say the word regret. As if it marks us as failures. I applaud Will Smith for leaning into his regrets and showing them for what they are. Lessons from the hindsight of reliving our mistakes and showing the humility to admit where we were wrong. In that revelation a new level of freedom sets in and allows for some of deepest spiritual and mental growth. Sometimes that freedom results in lifestyles we generally can’t understand but for Will and Jada make complete sense..Score: 5/5

!Great read.Score: 5/5

ExcellentTruly excellent read. Lots to learn and appreciate. Will did an awesome job of authentically portraying all of the reflection and growth he has done throughout his life. Bravo..Score: 5/5

I’ve always been a Will fan but….I’ve always been a Will fan but this has given me so much more respect for him and all his accomplishments. He opened a window into his soul for all to see. There was no filter or blinders put on. He kept my full attention from beginning to end. I grew up watching Will and enjoyed everything he put his blessings on. I found myself relating to quite a few things. The book flowed and found myself being educated in a different way and perspective. It’s a must read and will definitely give you more admiration and a better understanding of Will Smith. I look forward to reading again and again. Thanks Will for sharing!.Score: 5/5

I like it!Inspirational, Funny and filled with Will’s wisdom.Score: 5/5

Makes Me Love Him More!Will Smith is my favorite actor and him sharing his life in this book makes me love him even more. I read the entire book in his voice lol and it was just great! A must read!.Score: 5/5

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Awesome!!!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!.Score: 5/5

One brick at timeThank you for sharing. It was enlightening, graceful, entertaining and definitely worth reading..Score: 5/5

WillAmazing!.Score: 5/5

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