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Do You Know The Key To Life? – Use This Knowledge To Help You Excel In Life

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The Key To Life – Running

“The key to life is running and reading.”
~Will Smith

“You will learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life.”
~Will Smith

Will Smith is one of my favorite idols and I love his attitude towards his life and work. In this video, he had mentioned that running and reading are the keys to life. I got to agree with him and I understand as I am an avid reader and runner myself.

I have been training hard for my marathon (my goals this year) and right now I am at the 8.7 miles (14km) mark. Will Smith’s words hit right on the spot. Whenever I run, there are inner chatters going through my mind. The little person will give me 101 reasons to stop running and try his best to convince me to stop.

Through frequent training and positive self talk, I manage to ignore the little person that is talking to me and right now I’m on the right track towards my goal. In life, this little person will appear in your mind too.

It will try to convince you to take the easy way out and give up at signs of hardship. It will tell you that it is hard to be rich, hard to earn promotions or impossible to talk to your dream girl/boy. It will do anything to bring you down and you will have to win this mini battle with this little person in order to grow and succeed.

One way to conquer the little person and negative inner chatter is to run. Running is an effective way for me to deal with this little person and my negative self talk and I bet it can work for you too. As Will Smith said it best, “You will learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life.”

Note: The first milestone of my marathon is nearing! I have a 10 miles (16km) competition coming this 14th March. I will keep you guys updated and hopefully take some pictures back to share with you.


How many books do you read in a month? 1? or none at all? Reading can help us to deal with problems, find solutions, get new ideas that we can use to improve ourselves. It is really important to read and if you truly want to grow and succeed in your life.

There are many people using excuses like they do not have enough time to read so many books. But why is it there are so many people with the same 24 hours and they can read so many books in a month and yet you can’t?

There is no lack of time, only a lack of priorities.

I am inspired by this video by Will Smith and I had picked up 2 great keys to life today, to run and to read. How about you? What do you think will happen to your life if you start running and reading more frequently? I look forward to your comments below.

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16 Responses to “Do You Know The Key To Life? – Use This Knowledge To Help You Excel In Life”

  1. Walter says:

    Will Smith is one of my favorite actor but I never thought he was full of wisdom. I especially like is role in the movie: The Pursuit of Happyness. 🙂
    .-= Walter´s last blog ..Moments of silence =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hey Walter,

      I love that movie! I have watched it twice and it never fails to inspire me. Will Smith is just a dedicated person and he totally have my respect. His work ethnic is unbelievable.


  2. Javier Chua says:

    Hey Vincent,

    I agreed with what Will Smith have said about Running and Reading. These 2Rs are the things that I’m doing too to keep myself going and stay motivated. Running long distance has really trained me to hear my own self-talk while my body is super tired and conquering it has improved my own belief that I can achieve more in life.

    .-= Javier Chua´s last blog ..Unleash Your True Potential =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hey Jav,

      Yeah. You are totally spot on. We got to collect the race pack this weekend. I bet we gonna have a great time running. 🙂


  3. used tires says:

    Vince, that part about the little person inside of us really struck a chord with me as that’s exactly the case with me. Thing is, I also look at how miserable my life would become if I did everything that was needed to achieve some of those things and would the goal still be as sweet after that, is the question I ask myself. For some things, it is, but sometimes, a sweet goal might have such a rough road to it that it doesn’t seem that sweet anymore.

    Hope I made sense, hehe. As for running, I need to do that. Just afraid of street dogs in the morning. So I go cycling instead.

    Till then,


    • Vincent says:

      Hey Jean,

      Do not be fearful of the road that you have to take to achieve your goals. What ever goals we are striving for, they each have their own obstacles. Instead of focusing on the obstacles, why not focus on the solution?


  4. Donna Brogan says:


    You never fail to inspire me and this is no different. I am not a runner but I love to walk so I vow to increase my walks and I get that chatter when I walk too. Good luck on your marathon. You will do it. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    .-= Donna Brogan´s last blog ..Success and How to Get There =-.

  5. Credit Girl says:

    I love Will Smith, too! He has such a positive, optimistic outlook on life and his humor just always lights up the room. Glad to hear you’re still on top of your marathon training! Running is a great stress reliever for all…
    .-= Credit Girl´s last blog ..Public College Tuitions Spike Up to 30% for 2010-2011 School Year =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Got to agree. It is a great stress reliever and running can also allow us to experience the runner’s high. It is a great feeling!


  6. Hi Vincent,

    How are you? I would also have to agree that running and reading are two key essentials to succeed in life. Wow! You are at 8.7 miles which is a phenomenal feat in my book. I am also currently training for my marathon and right now I stand at 2.5 miles, still a long way to go. The first milestone for me is 5 miles which I am trying to accomplish within the next two weeks. As for “inner chatters,” they pop up in my head towards the end of my runs and one thing that I do combat these inner chatters is to think of all the reasons why I am running and being grateful and fortunate to actually run. However, running has improved my life significantly giving me more energy and motivation.

    As for reading, I read about two books a month which I need to increase that number. After reading the four hour work week it has helped me tremendously in being more an efficient person by utilizing the 80/20 principle. Gaining a bit of knowledge here and there and applying to your life every single day will defiantly help anyone succeed in life.

    Will Smith hit it on the money at the end, when he stated that “the hardest working person wins” and that holds a lot of truth.

    Good stuff,

    .-= Brian @ Smart Habits´s last blog ..How to: Reduce Your Credit Card Debt Without Going on A Diet =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hey Brian,

      I’m great! Running is a great exercise and I’m glad to see that you are trying to complete a marathon too.

      I love the 4 hour work week and the 80/20 rule is a great way to help us get more things done by doing less. I got to say that the 4 hour work week expose me to a lot of new ideas.


  7. Hans Hageman says:

    Running or some other type of physical discipline is definitely key to a successful life. I don’t think I have ever met a college wrestler who was unsuccessful in business. Setting goals, finding out about your character, developing self discipline and finding the connection between physical and moral courage are some of the benefits.

    I read several books per month. Paper, Kindle, audio. I think it is also important to read across a wide range of disciplines. this helps create the foundation for making “original” observations.
    .-= Hans Hageman´s last blog ..The Absence Of Men From Our Churches =-.

    • Vincent says:

      I think participating in sports can help us to learn things just as perseverance, courage, attitude and etc. As you had mentioned, self discipline is definitely one of the key trait of successful people.

      I usually read only on investment, business and personal growth books. You made a good point. I should read on a wider range to expose myself to different knowledge and allow myself to see things in different views. I bet it will help me in one way or another.


  8. Hi Vince, I love the way Will Smith thinks. I just stumbled across some of his stuff last week, didn’t know he was so driven. Not like most movie stars who are more things oriented.

    Reading is one of the best things you can do to condition your mind, second of course maybe to being around the right people and developing your skill. I read around 3-4 books a month, listen to a crazy amount of audio(I use computers, being a developer, from 6-16 hours a day and leverage a lot of that time to listen to audio as well) The trick is to turn that 90% of negative daily input, the average person listens to, to about 10% or less. An IPod is a good investment:D

    I like this quote: “You will learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life.”
    ~Will Smith

    Clinton Skakun
    .-= Clinton Skakun´s last blog ..Avoid Complete Burnout and Work Harder =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Clinton,

      He is a really driven person and he is someone who is into personal growth too. An iPod is a great investment when we fill it up with great audiobooks instead of the top 50 billboards. 🙂