Monday, December 13, 2021

Monday Book Review - Will by Will Smith (with Mark Manson)

 Will by Will Smith by (Mark Manson) is an entertaining, peppy, breezy read. I've liked Will Smith through the years as the Fresh Prince, the blockbuster megastar, as a guest on talk shows. He's a Philly boy from humble roots who had goals, and dreams, and  he executed them. 

cover blurb 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. 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. 

I enjoyed reading this book and indeed, Will Smith, is loyal to his family, friends, and his work and goals. The book gets a bit preachy, a bit full of itself, but I could take it with a grain of salt. Will Smith likes Will Smith - hey, he has every right to brag. Even when he's being humble, even when he's at the bottom, he is still Will Smith. It's easy to judge from this chair. I don't know the man and have not lived his life under the microscope of public scrutiny. It can't be easy. 

But his memoir is a glimpse into a megastar's life. He's not lazy and he's a man with plans. We'll see how they turn out. 


  1. Hi Joanne - thanks for this ... I'm sure sometime I'll pick it up and read through - we can always learn from these people, who pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Good for him - as you say he can be pleased with himself, even as he's humble. Thanks - Hilary

    1. He has a new show with National Geographic and his enthusiasm is infectious as he explores the world. I do have a feeling that he does have an aura of joy - just that bigger than life thing.