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Self-Help or Self Improvement           

1. Before you Watch The Video


          What do you know about this topic already?


2. Check Your Vocabulary

Self-Help Self-Reliance Self-Improvement
Self-Sufficient Education Wealth
Health Happiness Success
Goal Achievement Work Ethic


3. Watch the Video


4. What Did You Learn From the Video?

5. Answer the Questions

A. What does Will Smith attribute his success to?

B. What does Will Smith say is necessary to take advantage of talent?

C. What does he say he is willing to do on a treadmill?

D. What did Will Smith's father tear down in the front of his business?

E. Explain Will Smith's metaphor for how to build a brick wall?

F. What does Will Smith say you are doing if you are not making someone else's life better?

6. Insights About Self Help and Self Improvement

Self-help, or self-improvement, is a self-guided improvement—economically, intellectually, or emotionally—often with a substantial psychological basis. Many different self-help group programs exist, each with its own focus, techniques, associated beliefs, proponents and in some cases, leaders. "Self-help culture, particularly Twelve-Step culture, has provided some of our most robust new language: recovery, dysfunctional families, and codependency."

Self-help often utilizes publicly available information or support groups, on the Internet as well as in person, where people in similar situations join together. From early examples in self-driven legal practice and home-spun advice, the connotations of the word have spread and often apply particularly to education, business, psychology and psychotherapy, commonly distributed through the popular genre of self-help books. . (

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7. Talk with a friend or partner about it.

Discuss your level of self-reliance and self sufficience and success.

What goals to you have? How do you plan to achieve them?

What makes you feel successful?

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