Anyone who knows me knows that I will watch just about every movie that Kevin Hart is in, whatever role he is playing. And when I got this book, it was no different. I read it and did not want to finish reading. Also, I laughed so hard and got to know him a little more.
It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.
The odds were stacked against Kevin, but ultimately, he was able to defy the odds and turn it around. He talks about what his life was and is today, and how he overcame all the challenges to become who he is today.
His way of dealing with it all has been through laughter. In each of his experiences, he follows it up with a lesson, and these are some of the ones I’d love to share with you guys today!
Here are the ones that really stood out for me:
Life Lessons From His Father
You can’t control the events that happen to you, but you can control your interpretation of them. So why not choose the story that serves your life the best?
What’s here today may be gone later today. Nothing is permanent.
Your life today is the sum total of your choices. So if you’re not happy with it, look back at your choices and start making different ones. Even if you are struck by lightning and injured, you made choices that led you to that spot at that particular time – and you get to choose how you feel it afterward.
Life Lessons From His Mother
You are somebody. You matter. And no one is allowed to take away your right to your property, your right to your safety, or your right to be yourself – fighting is a last resort.
It’s easy to complain about your life – how tough it is, how unfair it is, how stressful it is, how everyone else has it much better. But if you step into the life of someone you envy for just a day, you’ll discover that everyone has their own problems, and they’re usually worse than yours. Because your problems are designed specifically for you, with the specific purpose of helping you grow.
Life Lessons From School
Love is stronger than anger, that family is stronger than anger, that family is stronger than stubbornness.
No matter how low you go and how lost you feel, there is always tomorrow. And tomorrow just may be the day when you get lifted up and find your way. There is just one thing that tomorrow demands of you to make this happen: that you never stop believing in your power to create a better day.
Life Lessons From Work
Personality + Knowledge = Success
Sometimes, other people’s doubt can be the best motivation there is to succeed.
Life Lessons From Passion
Don’t invite doubters into the conversation. You already know what you want to dedicate yourself to, so you don’t need to ask for their approval. There’s no need to seek external approval when you already have internal approval.
Besides your talent and timing, success is also about work and relationships. When you’re trying to make it, you’re not judged necessarily by your talent but by your potential. And that potential is all about your willingness to listen, learn, and improve.
Everyone is reaching for what they believe is a better future, and not all those futures are in alignment. There is so much that is greater than us, whatever you believe. So while we get to choose the roads we take, we don’t get to know where they lead. Acceptance, then, is knowing that when your plan fails, or your road dead ends, it means a bigger plan is at work.
Life Lessons From Apprenticeship
When the stakes are higher than what you’re used to, there’s one rule: Go with what you know – don’t change it up.
When there are no consequences to taking someone’s advice, then there’s no reason not to test it out and see if it works.
It is through our most extreme experiences that the biggest growth happens – if we survive them.
One of the key factors for success – beyond work, talent, timing, relationships, etc – is the glue that holds all of these together: commitment. To commit successfully, you don’t have to always believe in yourself – because, let’s face it, we all have our doubts at times. But you do have to believe in something higher than yourself: your purpose. If you believe in your purpose, you can survive the most challenging times, because God is on your side.
Life Lessons From Opportunities
Every experience is a potential life lesson. Even if you don’t appreciate it at the time, each struggle in the present is preparing you for something else in the future.
Though people say to live in the moment, each moment leads to other moments. So treat each moment like a seed, and care for it so that something beautiful can grow from it.
There are so many more lessons. When you read this book, these lessons will have a deeper meaning. Trust me.
What I got very clearly is that when you look back on your life, it should mean something.
I highly recommend this book.
See You Next Week!