Will Smith is one of the greatest movie stars of all time. What makes him even greater is the types of movies he makes, from I. Robot to I Am Legend, Hancock, and the latest Gemini man. To some degree, you might say Will Smith is a lonely man in his movies. He is always the outsider if you pay attention to his characters. Although that might seem a little bit sad, that is the kind of life entrepreneurs live. Most entrepreneurs especially startups I’ve been with will tell you that, entrepreneurial life is a lonely life.
Recently I watched Gemini Man and I was blown away especially from the first scene. I absolutely thought that Hollywood was out of ideas to make great movies again. Nowadays we see the same movie coming out again and again, and for a moment I thought to myself, this industry is out of ideas so they keep repeating the same movies we’ve watched over the years. Gemini Man is nothing like no other movie I’ve watched in a long time. The storyline is amazing, the characters are great and the quality of the movie is incredible. When I watched this movie with the entrepreneurial outlook, I learned that Gemini Man is about a strong brand, with a massive positive reputation and one that cannot be destroyed no matter how strong the competition is. so I decided to extract the quality from the character (Will Smith) which entrepreneurs can learn from and use to grow their businesses and to grow personally.
Here are the 10 things entrepreneurs can learn from Gemini Man.
- Be great at what you do.
In the book, The 7 Lost Secrets of Success, Joe Vitale says you must become an expert in your field. The book is about Bruce Barton, a man who was exceptionally great at what he did. In the movie, we see from the first scene as Will Smith shoot someone from a moving train that he is the best at his job. And in the second scene, we hear that 4 professional hitmen failed to get the job done. Throughout the movie, we continue to learn that Will Smith is the best at what he does and so should you in your business. Vince Lombardi said it best when he said: “The quality of your life will be determined by the depth of your commitment to excellence, no matter what your chosen field.”. So be great and be the best at what you do.
- Do not brag about your success.
I am one person who was open about my successes and the things I have achieved. I later learned that it is important to keep this thing to myself. In the movie on the second scene, Will Smith learns that his colleague took a video of his target being shot and immediately tells him to delete the video and he insists that the video be deleted. Although what he did was not only difficult but almost impossible, he doesn’t want to take credit for it and he simply wants to keep this to himself. This is his personal achievement and he does not want to show-off. Learn to keep things to yourself, no matter how little or big. If you want to prove anything to anyone, prove it to yourself.
- Do your work with integrity and be known for that.
Brian Tracy said you must develop a reputation of speed, move fast on opportunities and move fast when people need or want something. I remember when a client called me for the first time to come sort out their I.T and talk about the website design opportunity. I went there the following day and when I arrived, the director was pleased that I attended them so quickly. I became their new IT and web designer to this day. They always recommended me as someone who does things fast and professionally. That’s the reputation I have with many of my clients. A person who does quality work fast and professionally. In Gemini man, Will Smith learns that he was sent to kill a man who was supposed to be a Bioterrorist, but he wasn’t. Because of his reputation, someone who appears to be an old friend immediately tells him as he learned that Will Smith shot a person for the wrong reasons. His friend knew this information will be important to him as he is known for doing his jobs with integrity and only goes after the bad guys. Although it does his job well, how he does it is influenced by his believes and integrity. What is the one thing you want to be known for or respected for?
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
When My friend and mentor invited me to come work from his office in Sandton, he was always cautious about people who came to the office. Even people from the building who wanted to introduce themselves. He always said that not everyone can be trusted and we needed to know who comes in and for what reasons. He said company information must be protected at all times. This may sound simple but it is a very important business lesson to learn from. You must protect your company information at all times. Will Smith in the movie is always checking his surroundings and is always alert even when he’s sleeping. The other lesson here is to always know what your competitors are doing, what new technology is out that may help grow your business or even destroy your business. Always know what is going on around you.
- Remain calm and professional in any situation.
When Will Smith learns the truth about the “lady”. He immediately approaches her but does it with calm and professionalism. For a hitman or an assassin, you’d think his approach would immediately be torture or a gunpoint but instead, he approaches her calmly. When he realizes things are not going his way, he asks her out and this gives him the time to research her and see her again. I can admit that there’s one instance whereby I did not act with calm and professionalism. But there are many instances where I could have lost it but chose to remain calm and professional. Clients can be mean and rude and unreasonable sometimes but this does not mean you should reduce your standards to their level. In any situation remain calm and professional.
- Move on when you are no longer happy.
Will Smith in the movie is retiring and the reason is that his job no longer fulfills him. The same should apply to entrepreneurs. If what you do no longer makes you happy move on and find something that makes you happy. You can always find someone to replace you in your business or simply sell the business. Dan Lok says he made enough money in business and decided to retire. But he found himself becoming more and more unhappy in his vacations. He was no longer fulfilled because working and doing something meaningful is what fulfilled him. This is why most successful entrepreneurs advise that you follow your passion and do what you love. “When you start doing what you really love to do, you’ll never work another day in your life.” Brian Tracy.
- Know your weakness and fear.
Will Smith in the movie is clear about his weakness and fear. During his training days, he had to overcome his fear as he tells the story. What is your weakness and what is your fear? What are you doing to overcome them? My fear has always been cold calling, but I had to work at this and find the strategy to overcome this and I did. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt. “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” Marilyn Ferguson. And remember as Seneca said: “We suffer more in imagination than in reality.”
- Build a strong brand and stay ahead of the competition.
When you watch a movie, you will realize that Will Smith is a strong brand with a massive good reputation and is known for his ability to do the impossible and deliver at all time. He is irreplaceable and even with his own advanced replica, he is still untouchable. The truth is he could have killed Gemini Man on the first mission against him. This shows how good he is. you should do the same. Build a strong brand or business that the competition with all their advanced technology and resources will have to work 10 times hard to bring you or your business down. Be so good that you always know when the competition is out to get you.
- Be resourceful.
“It’s not the lack of resources, it’s your lack of resourcefulness that stops you” Tony Robbins. In the movie, Will Smith wants a boat, he gets; he wants a jet, he gets. DNA tests are done on his behalf to find out about Gemini Man and he’s able to meet the people that normally you wouldn’t meet, all because of his resourcefulness. He is surrounded by people who get things done and that’s what entrepreneurs must do. I remember my mentor saying “I don’t want someone whose here to try and do the job, I want someone who’ll get the job done.” Be around people who deliver when you call for help.
- Have Partners you can trust.
Do you have the kind of trusting partners or employees that whatever happens in your business they can keep it from their spouse and colleagues. I have worked with companies where employees will start to say things about their bosses, managers or business operations that I did not need to know. How much can you trust the people in your organizations? You must surround yourself with people you can trust from your partners to your employees. Even though the lady was surveilling him and lied when they first met, Will Smith still trusted her and he brought her along with him. Even when Gemini Man always knew where they were hiding, he never suspected she was the reason they were being tracked. Surround yourself with people you can trust and if you enter into a business partnership, make sure you and your partners trust each other.
There’s probably more you can learn or observe from the movie. After all, this is Will Smith, there’s always a lesson to take from his movies. I think the movie is great and rate it 10/10. I was amazed by how much the movie reflects the life of an entrepreneur that I thought the world should learn more about it.