Author: Will Smith
This is my 98th read for the year
This is the story of Will Smith by Will Smith. Starting from his childhood to his 50th birthday - he recounts his life as a poor boy from Philly to becoming on of the most famous people in the world. His tales of his start in rap music to movie star was not without struggles and need for self reflection. As he learns how his fame affects those he loves most, he paints a picture of what it is like for him at the top.
This was a pretty good book. I know he is in hot water, personally, right now, but I had this on my hold list at the library since before that whole scene. I have heard good things about the book, so I decided to go ahead and read it. I learned a lot about his childhood and how one lucky stroke after another made him who he is today. One of my favorite quotes from the book - and it was his grandmother's was - "Be kind to those you pass on your way up, because you just might have to pass them on your way down". Words to live by
The only issue with this book would probably be that he really does think highly of himself. He mentions a few times that he is humble, but.....he's not. He is filthy rich and incredibly successful, and he mentions it over and over in this book. I do feel that stars that have spent so much of their adult life as rich and famous really cannot come out of the clouds to self reflect how they sound to the rest of us. But I learned a lot about Will Smith, so I can let it go.