The family of six had nothing to complain about. Will’s parents always made sure that all their children’s basic needs were fulfilled. They were very disciplined about child rearing, with greater emphasis over education. Will’s mother enrolled him in one of the best Catholic schools, Our Lady of Lourdes, even though she could have admitted him to the public school she worked for. She always chose the best for her children.
Little Will liked the rhyming books of Dr. Seuss, which his mother read to him. His father was a disciplinarian, and always looked forward to cultivating discipline and good habits in his children. Occasionally, as a means of punishment, he also spanked his children for misbehaving. Although Will found his father a bit too strict, he always gives due credit of his success to his father. He believes that his father’s disciplinary attitude helped him stay focused and enabled him to stay away from distractions.
When Will talks about his childhood, he always mentions that he had the best of both worlds―a disciplinarian father and a loving mother.
However, with the attitude of ‘one brick more’, both Will and Harry constructed the entire wall in a period of six months with constant supervision from their father. Both brothers who previously were so pessimistic about the job, felt a sense of pride after completing the job, and so did their father.
Even today when Will thinks that he won’t be able to do something, he looks back to this incident and reminds himself, ‘one brick at a time’.
This taught Will that one should never complain about what he/she has to do for a living. This made him realize the value of determination and hard work, which is why Will Smith is what we all know him today―a successful actor, producer, and singer.
Will loved music, especially writing poetry. He used to visit the inner-city street corners to check out novice rap artists. Although these places were ideal for nurturing his love of rap, they were dangerous and fraught with drugs and violence. However, Will’s love was only for rapping, and he never indulged in anything apart from that (a result of the discipline instilled by his father). Will’s success in rapping became evident when his partner Jeff Townes received the first Grammy Award in the Rap category, in 1988.
Apart from music, as a child, Will loved sports especially basketball. He also played chess, which he learned from his dad at the age of eight.
Like Will Smith, every successful man is shaped and molded right from his childhood. To chase dreams, one should be disciplined, focused, and never say no to opportunities.