Will Smith says you need to do two things in life in order to be successful.
He says 1) You need to read a lot and 2) You need to run a lot.
Will Smith says reading is important if you want to be successful because a lot of people have gone ahead of you in life, which means you can learn from them.
You don’t need to learn everything on your own and do everything the hard way. You can learn what works and what doesn’t by reading about the experiences of other people.
And the reason Will Smith says you need to run a lot is because when you’re pushing yourself as hard as you possibly can and you feel like your lungs are about to burst and you push through that, you’re training your mind to push through adversity.
And that ability will naturally overflow into other areas of your life. If you can persevere and push through the pain of running, then you can persevere and push through any obstacle in life.
Will Smith says,
“The keys to life are running and reading. When you’re running, there’s a little person that talks to you and says, “Oh I’m tired. My lung’s about to pop. I’m so hurt. There’s no way I can possibly continue.” You want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you’re running. You will learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life. For reading: there have been gazillions of people that have lived before all of us. There’s no new problem you could have–with your parents, with school, with a bully. There’s no new problem that someone hasn’t already had and written about it in a book.”