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The Pursuit of Happyness Hardcover – May 23, 2006
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About the Author
Chris Gardner is the chief executive officer of Gardner Rich & Company, a multimillion-dollar brokerage with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. An avid philanthropist and motivational speaker, Gardner is a recipient of the Father of the Year Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative. He has two children and resides in Chicago and New York.
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This is one of those stories that is so incredible, so "making it against all odds". The author has a strong, passionate voice and he doesn't flinch from telling the truth, including the fact that when he lived in hotels with his young son, they played a game called, "Shhh..." which involved keeping quiet when people knocked on the door or tried to find out if they were there (to evict them). But he didn't let the trauma, the hard times, defeat him. He simply faced up to the fact that he'd have to dig himself out of a hole, hard as it was....and, miraculously, he did.
If you're feeling down, this book ought to inspire you!
Only someone who has had a dream so strong the'd go through any obstacle to attain it can really understand.
What he did was completely, by the book, exactly what you're supposed to do if you REALLY want something... not just paying lip-service to a dream, but actually going for it with your entire being.
Most people "settle" and then do everything from drink themselves into oblivion, beat their wives, and blame life for what others did *TO* them.
Those few who dare... despite all odds... to do great things and never give up... those are the real heroes.
Those people who see something and want it so badly they can move mountains.
He followed the "magic" formula that gets us all everything - good or bad - that we have in our lives.
1. He knew EXACTLY what he wanted...
2. He knew WHY he wanted it...
3. He BELIEVED he could achieve it...
4. He had FAITH that it was on its way...
5. And he took MASSIVE action on every level towards its achievement.
He could have glossed over areas of the story... he could have cleaned up his actions and made himself a little more saintly... but he spent the time he did on what happened to him becaue it SHOWS that we are all WHERE we are as the SUM total of our thoughts and actions to that point.
He didn't end up on the street because of ONE decision... everthing he had came from everything that came before... the good and the bad.
I respect him and his story more because he told the WHOLE story.
You want to know the secret of his success? It's easy. He believed he could do it... he had no choice but TO DO it... and he took so much action (200 calls a day) that he HAD to do it...
If you've got a dream - read this book. It will show you that you don't have any problems... you only have opportunites or excuses.
You get to choose which one you accept as reality - I suggest you choose the opportunities.
Read the book - hear the message - let it show you that no matter how bad things get, there's light at the end of the tunnel if you only believe, have faith, and take as much action as you can with what you have where you are.
Mr. Gardner's tale is riddled with challenges, despair, and even violence, but it is foremost one of hope and love. It offers up a reminder that the "American dream" still exists, that given the chance, anyone can find it in themselves to reach up and climb to new heights. And this story goes well beyond professional or financial success, even that as impressive as Gardner's, to show that really, the deepest form of motivation is found in our love for another.
Whether you are facing or have overcome your own hurdles, or just need to be reminded that the demons of the past are no match for the human spirit, this book is for you.