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Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Hardcover – May 12, 2009
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“This smart and well-written guide includes excellent suggestions for both everyday life and work, with the last sentence summing up Gardner’s message: “Accepting responsibility is accepting that your dreams really can come true.” The result is hopeful and uplifting. (Library Journal)
“Start Where You Are represents the next phase in Gardner’s career, offering hope and sound advice in this tough economic climate. . . .Transformative and inspirational.” (BookPage)
“A book that teaches you how to transform the impossible into the possible.” (Sidney Poitier)
“Start Where You Are is a must-have, must-read guide to pursuing happiness in changing times. It’s not just about surviving as an individual or business in the current economic environment, but about thriving -- personally, collectively, and globally.” (Quincy Jones)
“With . . . Start Where You Are, he is encouraging us all to start where we are and dare to make our lives bigger and stronger, more satisfactory, and better. Chris Gardner is a knock out!” (Maya Angelou)
From the Back Cover
Ever since the story of his transformation from homeless, single and struggling father to millionaire became known the world over, Chris Gardner --whose life story both inspired the movie The Pursuit of Happyness and became a #1 New York Times bestseller by the same name--has been inundated with two questions: “How Did You Do It” and “How Can I Do it Too?” Gardner’s power-packed, transformational reply is the basis of this long-anticipated book.
As a departure from standard self-help tomes that promise overnight riches and exclusive secrets for success, Gardner avoids any tilt toward magical thinking by staying with real issues and solutions impacting individuals in all walks of life. If you’ve had the rug pulled out from under you, or have been dealing with the loss of a home, a job, a health or financial crisis, or simply can’t find the motivation to pursue new challenges, Start Where You Are abounds with life lessons that offer hope and provide a road map for starting anew. This is also the book for anyone ready to launch a personal, professional undertaking, or break generational cycles that hem in their potential.
Taking stock of his own credos, including “The Cavalry Ain’t Coming,” “Find Your Button,” and “Seek the Furthest Star”-- Gardner’s 44 life lessons are earthy, soulful, and always accessible. With an array of stories from the author’s own life, as well as from those he has known or admired, both famous and not, Start Where You Are has arrived just in time to embolden and encourage all of us, even in our era of great global change, reminding us of the infinite resources we already have in our collective pursuit of happyness, and spurring us on in only one direction - forward!
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Top Customer Reviews
As a therapist, I have already recommended this book for its eyeopening and practical insights. In particular, the chapter called "The Thorny and Golden Past" has been helpful for many of my clients who are reluctant to talk about the past or who don't recognize what joy can come from self-discovery and from the freedom of dealing with it. The discussion about Spiritual Genetics is fascinating, as is the lesson on "Breaking Generational Cycles".Read more ›
As an investment advisor, I particularly enjoyed Mo' Money, Mo' Options, Mo' Problems. His observations about people's attitudes toward money, his three questions, and the transition to the next chapter, "Money is the Least Significant Component of Wealth", are worth the price of the book.
I give the book five stars because there are so many inspiring stories in this book. If you read one a day, at the beach, it will take you through most of the summer! If you're like me, you'll be rereading a few after just a couple of days. I couldn't put it down. For those that like me, are human, this book provides a positive message that is not only inspirational but also enjoyable. Happy Reading!
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1) This includes those who feel down and out as if life has manipulated the gaming table against them.
2) It is for people who want to become all they can be, but don't have the confidence to "make it so."
3) Finally, it is written for those who have done well with their lives, but hunger for something much greater, something more satisfying than muddling through with a nice paycheck.
If you are one of these folks and many of us are, Start Where You Are will inspire you, just as you might inspire a baby, to take your first steps toward a life fulfilling goal. In the books opening pages, Gardner's encouraging message is this. First, set aside any and all negative feelings because you and he will begin your life changing journey by starting where you are right now.
Some place in my past, I remember hearing the expression or slogan, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life!" Well, that is Start Where You Are's first mental commandment. You have the power of the present on your side, along with an abundance of resources you can tap.
You also need some kind of road map to follow. Although Gardner suggests that even Lewis and Clark had a map, actually drawing your own map either in your mind or on paper, is essential.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inspiring & educating! If you want to move your life to a higher level, 1) read this book & 2) apply the lessons!Published 3 months ago by 4T4L
I really enjoyed this book and it really helped me through some tough times. I had also read Pursuit of Happyness a while back and his writing style is no-holds-barred honest and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brad Bingham
This book is as good --and as real -- as a self-help book gets. The author has made a really sincere effort to take a clear-eyed look at the factors that lead to success. Mr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mytwocents
The best, most succinct and authentic self-help book ever! Tough love from someone who has been there.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
40 practical tips and stories/examples from the man who did just as he says... started where he was at. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jennylou