Yesterday, I saw Will Smith’s new movie — “Pursuit of Happyness.” It wasn’t quite as uplifting as I thought it would be, however, it was a powerful film overall. Smith played his part to near perfection. Taking place in San Francisco in the early 1980’s, the main plot was a father and his son struggling to make ends meet, including sleeping in shelters, a public restroom, and numerous hotels in tough times.

The title of this post is a great takeaway from a very sad and moving film. About halfway through the film, Will Smith, whose character was not successful at basketball himself, told his son that basketball wouldn’t be what he succeeded at. His 5-year old son took offense and seemed to want to quit basketball, throwing his basketball against the fence. Will Smith realized the impact his words had on his son’s basketball dreams and told him to not let someone ever tell him he can’t do something, going on to say “If you want something, go get it. Period.” Watch the clip below:

I often get tired of hearing people complain about reasons why they can’t do something. In my mind, nothing can prevent you from reaching your dreams except yourself. If you truly desire something, go get it.

  • I also saw the movie yesterday and I came away with the same sentiment.

  • Drew Meyers

    I just found this article if anyone is interested in further reading on the subject:

  • Since I saw the movie and I have this (If You Want Something of this life, Go Get It. PERIOD.)
    as my slogen 4 life and it holds many many meanings!
    i even wrote that in my messenger!


  • That one line is enough for a lifetime.

  • Dominic

    I also stumbled upon the article:

    which was recommended by Drew Meyers as well. What the author writes resonates with astounding truthfulness. Many Americans no longer believe in the American Dream, and resort to demanding higher tariffs on imports and resisting competition and globalization. Where did the spirit of American resilience go? To witness the power of creativity, innovation, and hard work, look no further than companies like Apple Inc. and Nike Inc. Those familiar with their histories will undoubtedly tell you that these companies were near bankruptcy before rising from the ashes to become the best technology company and the best sportswear company in the world.