Now Albert Einstein had a quote. He said “Imagination
is everything. It’s the preview to life’s coming attractions.” This is important information.
The biggest thing that always troubled me was my imagination. ‘Cause it was so big when
I was a kid, you know, I grew up poor, but I was always imagining stuff. You know, my
mama, once a month, would buy a travel magazine at the grocery store. My father used be so
pissed off. “Bill, why we spending this money? “We ain’t got –” We were poor. She said,
“Slick, we ain’t got no money to take this boy nowhere.”But if he can look in these magazines,
“maybe one day it’ll cause him to wanna travel.” I been to so many countries around the world
’cause of that magazine. I just wanted to go see stuff. My mama had enough sense to
plant that seed in me. It’s like at Christmas time, we used to get in the car and my daddy
used to take us to the suburbs so we could see the lights. And, you know, we just drove
around the lights and I was amazed at the suburbs ’cause I would see these big houses
with horseshoe driveways where you drove in and came out the other side. So I told my
daddy one time, we’re riding, I said, “Daddy, why don’t we get one of them houses?” He said,
“Boy, I ain’t got no money for that “but that’s what I’m bringing you out here for.” He said,
“One day, you’ll be able “to get one of them houses.” Let me explain something to you.
Because of that right there, I’ve probably had in my lifetime now about 11 homes. I got
four now in different states. Every house I own got a horseshoe driveway on it. When
they was living, they told me one time, they were sitting up watching TV, my daddy looked
at my mom and said, “Bill.” He called my mama Bill. He said, “Can you believe “that this
little boy we had on TV?” She said, “Slick, I can’t believe this.” I used to send my daddy
$5,000 a week. You know, when I first got on TV, I was making $55,000 a week so I sent
my mom and him $5,000 a week. When I got into Kings of Comedy, my father was still living.
I showed my daddy one time how much money I made. He said, “Boy, it’d take me four years
“to make this kinda money.” So I was able to give them something with my life. So before
my mama and them left this world, I could give ’em something. I bought ’em everything,
man: houses, cars, furniture. I bought ’em everything I could think. I tried. And you
know what’s crazy, man? I’m 62 years old. I still want them be proud of me. I still
hope that they in heaven watching me. And they see me turn into somebody. That’s all
I ever wanted. It was in my imagination to take care of them. You just gotta believe
that. You just gotta believe, man. Don’t ever give up. Faith is the substance of things
hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. All faith is really, the substance of it is
just what you hope for. That’s all faith is, it’s just real hard hoping. Remember when
you was little and you’d say “I hope I get a bike for Christmas”? And you went out there
one year and the bike was under the tree? You remember when you said you hoped you’d
graduate? And you messed around and got a diploma? Then you remember when you said you
hoped you’d get a job? And you messed around and you got a job? Huh? At one point in time
the older you get this got to start clicking in, that faith is really the substance of
things hoped for. That if you hoped hard enough one day you ought to get smart and turn all
that hoping into belief. And what is belief? Nothing but faith. And what is faith? Faith
is the belief in things that you cannot see. See this what the part you gotta get. The
evidence of things not seen. Remember I told you that imagination is everything? It’s the
preview to life’s coming attractions? Now let me tell you the problem with your imagination.
The problem with your imagination is you tell it to the wrong people. If you want to kill
a big dream tell it to a small minded person. You went and you shared it with you family
and friends. And you know what they did? They shot it down. You know why they shot it down?
Cause they couldn’t see it. See your mom and them, your cousin them, your friends, they
don’t know. See you got to be careful when you share your imagination with small minded
people. Nobody else can see your imagination but you.