Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He began working as a stand-up comedian shortly after graduating from high school, eventually migrating to bigger clubs in New York and Los Angeles. Since then Hart has gone on to big-time Hollywood success, appearing in comedies like Think Like a Man, About Last Night, Get Hard, Central Intelligence and two Jumanji features. Hart’s tough experience would provide inspiring motivation and lift him to his current success.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling.
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Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Kevin Hart:
[4:04] Tip #1
“So my drive is about my book. I was a New York Times #1 bestseller. He will be done. He did it. Writing another book. What happens if you are a two-time New York Times number one bestseller? If you get the two, what happens if you get three? Hey, man, how do books become successful? Who publishes them? I want to start a publishing company, Hartbeat publishing. Why not? That’s the thing. All I’m doing is sparking the awareness in others to go “Why not?” Why can’t I create? Why can’t I start? Why can’t I be a business? Why can I be a CEO? Why can I be a tech guru? There’s so much that some people just don’t understand they can do. Let me be a spark to show… you don’t have to do just one thing. Because I never was content with doing just one. With three, why not? Kevin, why are you creating health and wellness products? Why not? I’m big on health and wellness. Why can’t I? Why can’t I try to create something that I feel is great and jump into a space that I’m already in? Already give 100% of me in this space, why not? Why can’t I talk about financial wealth? Why can’t I go back and educate those that don’t know? Why not? “You don’t got the time.” I make time.”
[9:28] Tip #2
“You don’t know everything and you’re not that great to think that you do know everything. So my goal, get comments from me. Just saying. What’s my reason not to go after everything that I possibly can? It’s a game. This thing is serious, but it’s got a game-like quality to it. This thing called life. It’s got a game-like quality to it in this life. The moves there were Making allow you to do more to get more to see more travel more explore experience. Or some people were dealt a different hand and it’s tougher. It’s a darker road and it’s, I want to get out of this. I can’t I’m doing “Ah, how do I get out?” I made it. Oh, it looked like I was supposed to get out. But I’m out. I’m out. I’m one of the people to get out. It’s got a real game-like quality to it.”
[13:11] Tip #3
“If I can keep beating myself, pause. If I can keep doing that then that means that I’m in a battle with the only person that I really want to be, and that’s me. I don’t care about anybody else. I have no worry or gripe about the next man or woman’s journey or their level of success. That’s not what I’m up against. If I can continue to outdo me from the day before then I’m ahead and I’m here. And that’s the newfound energy that I got out of life now. You know I’m on this amazing rocky story what is in my head, nobody else is watching this movie but me. It’s in my head, this is Rocky. This is the comeback. This is exactly what I saw him and I’m gonna come back better than ever. I’m gonna be 41, my body’s going to be ripped up. On my being about 8% body fat and then and then I’m ready. For what Kevin, huh? That’s what I want that good idea. Now what and then I figured out what that what is then.”
[17:16] Tip #4
“And you know it not because there are gifts in it. There are curses to it, of course, like there’s an amazing benefit behind it and because now we’re seeing the you know the bad within it. So what I encourage any and everybody to do is just understand who you are. truly understand who you are. Learn yourself. Learn yourself. Learn your pros and your cons. Get your flaws. Get them out the way but would you not nobody else nobody. This is a you and you thing. I’m telling you, people, when you really look yourself in the mirror and you start to pick yourself apart, by yourself. There’s only room for improvement. That’s what this is.
My audiobook is not a “live like me” tutorial. It’s not a do what I did tutorial it’s I would never do that. Because I don’t have all the answers. All I have is stories and information that you can now be privy to that can allow you to make different turns on his road in life.”
[20:21] Tip #5
“I feel that in today’s time, what people are most selfish with is information. Nobody wants to give information, you got to ask for it. If you ask for it, then I maybe I’ll tell you some stuff. But it’s a search and finds information about how to get to success. That’s the one from everybody across the board. On some level, okay, everybody’s success is different. This doesn’t mean fame and stars, I’m not talking about that level of success for everything I’m saying, whatever your version of success is to get to it. Information from someone that’s done it or that’s partaking in it and some degree, will only add to the value of your journey, it’s only going to make it easier. It’s not to say that you got to do what they said. But with that information, you’re able to process it, maybe use it, maybe not. But you got it. That’s what I wanted to do. I say Yo, I got it, I got a life, I got a hell of a life that I’ve lived, full of ups downs, potholes, cobblestone speed bumps, flat roll u-turns, some smack brick walls that I’ve run into, you know, some revolving doors of back and forth and do it all. My mental has only gotten better. Because I feel like I’ve been in, I’ve been in the mental gym, the mental fitness, that that coincides with life. You know, it should get better it should you should get wiser, you should get smarter, you should be able to make better decisions.”
[23:42] Tip #6
“Stand-up comedy. When I was a young comic coming up I wanted to audition for the comic strip which was in New York. It was a guy named Lucian, who ran a comic strip and this guy’s opinion of comedy was the ultimate opinion. He saw Eddie Murphy and said this is going to be the next guy. He saw Seinfeld that this is going to be the next guy. He has so many stars that came up underneath his wing, where he put his hands on him by saying you’re going to be a star and it happened. So his word was like the word to get. I audition for the comic strip illusion tells me to come back to his office. He sits me down to my face. He goes, I don’t think this is for you. I don’t think comedy is your thing, you should find a job and you should look to do something else with your life because this isn’t for you. No laughter afterward. Blank stare. I’m waiting for the punch line. I’m like, I want to get funny. I’m not laughing the things real. It seems like this is real. I said thank you for coming. But unfortunately, you won’t be performing here. That’s it. And I had to get up and walk out of the office. And that was like literally the first punch in the stomach that I took and it took a friend of mine telling me why do you care about somebody else’s opinion. He told me you’re in charge of your own destiny. He said you’re in competition with yourself. The day that you give up on you is the day that you gave up on your dream. So if you’re in the business of giving up on your dream, then I don’t want to be in the business of being your friend. I think you’re talented. So why don’t you stay true to what you believe that you can do? And it was words like that, that really made me get that skin that thick skin to deal with Hollywood and rejection. And when I heard no 1000 times, it started to roll off my back when I got that one, yes, I made the decision to never hear no again. So as those stories that really would help, the younger generation is coming up in that business to say, you know what, I’m going to stay true to my dream, because there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And I’m a pure prime example of that light. I’ve been in the business 19-20 years, man, that last five to six has been successful. And I’m very happy now. But there was a role for me getting here. And that role, and that story should be told.”
[27:14] Tip #7
“I think it’s just circle. And the best thing, when you just talk about entertainment in a way that you just asked the question is just to simply understand. You got to understand the pros and the cons. And when you understand it, and you really are aware of it, you’re already different. You’re already different. People only fail because they get caught up in what winning was, is supposed to fail at some point in time, you’re supposed to be supposed to get knocked down a couple of times, you’re supposed to lose. That’s how you learn. Perfection is only a word because imperfection was discovered. You can’t be perfect without knowing what imperfect is, you have to experience imperfection at some point to go now I’m perfect. And that’s what people don’t realize, I see that that’s a clear vision. And I would urge anybody listening, anybody watching to really, really look into what their definition of success is. Because it should be yours, not other people’s perception, and not their definition of success to you is when it will always be. So when is always a win-win. You know what it is to you, not what it is to other people.”
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