Will Smith’s father was a baker In front of their bakery shop there was a wall approximately 30 feet wide and 16 feet high. For one reason or another, their father had torn it down and now; he wanted them to rebuild it – by hand.

Hearing this 12 years Will told his father that it was impossible for him and his brother to build the wall without any help but their father insisted that they should build the wall on there own.

So that’s what they did, and every day, after school, Willard and his brother rebuilt their dad’s wall.

They started by laying one brick, perfectly. Then they laid another, and another, and another, ensuring each brick was laid as perfectly as the one that preceded it.

They laid bricks every day – for 18 months.

Will would describe building that wall as an “impossible task”, but despite its difficulty, he and his brother persevered and a year and a half later, they laid their final brick.

Actors Will Smith, left, and Jaden Smith.

Finally, after months of laboring, the Smith brothers had a wall, their wall.

As they gazed in astonishment at their “masterpiece”, their father walked over, knelt down and said something neither of them would ever forget…

“Don’t you ever tell me there’s something you can’t do”.

In an interview, 22 years later, Willard Carroll Smith Jr. said:

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.”

Building a successful business from scratch sometimes seems an insurmountable task – especially when you’re shooting to build the “biggest, baddest, greatest” business that’s ever been built.

But don’t be intimidated. Lay one brick every day – make a little bit of progress every day – and soon you’ll have built a successful business.

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