So I went to see Gemini man... this is the first Will Smith movie that I have wanted to go to the theater to see in YEARS.
I am a big action movie fan, and the truth is almost all of his movies in the last 10 years or so (Suicide Squad being the exception even though he was part of a whole big cast in that one) were not my thing and didn't catch my interest…
I love Will Smith ACTION movies, and this one looked like the "old Will" that I love seeing in the films. So I could not wait to see this one.
And I LOVED it. It was really good—like his films back in the "old days!" It was full of action and high energy—even though it was a more mature Will (in one role, at least).
Speaking of mature: one of the things that I really appreciated about the film was that the older character kept talking about the life lessons that he had learned from growing older. I won't go into detail for those who haven't seen the film yet, but he kept talking about what he would have done differently when he was younger if he knew then what he knows now.
And that made me think of myself. I can really relate to that. Not only am I the same age as the character (and Will himself too by the way) but I wrote about something like that in my blog "If I had to do it all over: My 3 money truths."
I wrote about 3 things that I would have told “little Yolanda” about money back then:
#1) Throughout your life, regularly sit down and figure out what YOU really want to do. Figure out what you love and see how you can make a career out of it, instead of figuring out how you will "fit" into the careers that exist.
#2) Your life is going to be doubly challenging as a child of color. Although you are extremely smart and a very hard worker, prepare to encounter additional obstacles based solely on the fact that you are of color.
#3) Develop your own business(es) from Day One, instead of investing so much in learning how to become a “good employee” to work for someone else. Take time to learn how to create and run your own successful business(es) based on your personal talents and passions. Invest in yourself first and creating your own wealth instead of making someone else rich off your strengths and skills.
What about you…what is the #1 life lesson you’d tell younger “you” if you knew then what you know NOW?