Category: 1 – Read ASAP! (All Categories are 1 – Read ASAP!, 2 – BUY it!, 3 – SHELF it, 4 – SOMEDAY it)
Comments: My book of the year. Raw, vulnerable, thoughtful, and insightful.
Insights that resonated:
(1) Internal confidence comes from insight and proficiency”
(2) “It is easy to be a good student when you know your teachers love you.”
(3) Will’s success as a rapper, then television actor, and then movie star had all the ups, downs, and challenges you’d expect. The common thread – outside of the usual doses of luck – was a sometimes-ridiculous amount of drive and grit. Will and his loyal team (many of whom have worked together for over 20 years) get an A for effort.
I also appreciated the refreshing honesty and vulnerability about his insecurities. The first few chapters of the book felt like it could have been written as an explanation to what might have driven that infamous Oscar slap.
I came away with many reflections about the nature of fame and success and the trade-offs that come with it.