The secret to success: find something you love to do so much, you can’t wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again.— Chris Gardner
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Wealth can also be that attitude of gratitude with which we remind ourselves everyday to count our blessings.
Baby steps count, as long as you are going forward.
You add them all up, and one day you look back and you'll be surprised at where you might get to.
It's okay to fail; it's not okay to quit.
Do something that makes you happy and makes you feel good about yourself.
Don't ever let someone tell you you can't do something.
There is no plan B for passion
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The world is your oyster. It's up to you to find the pearls.
Walk that walk and go forward all the time.
Don't just talk that talk, walk it and go forward. Also, the walk didn't have to be long strides; baby steps counted too. Go forward.
If you want something, go get it. Period.
The future was uncertain, absolutely, and there were many hurdles, twists, and turns to come, but as long as I kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other, the voices of fear and shame, the messages from those who wanted me to believe that I wasn't good enough, would be stilled.
The balance in your life is more important than the balance in your checking account.
Do something that you love. Whatever you're going to do is going to be tough enough. Find something that gets you so excited that the sun can't come up early enough in the morning because you want to go do your thing.
Still a dreamer, yet more of a realist than ever before, I knew this was my time to sail. On the horizon I saw the shining future, as before. The difference now was that I felt the wind at my back. I was ready.
You have to be bold because there will be folks who will say, "You can't" or "You shouldn't" or "Why?" There is a certain boldness to saying, "Well, I really don't want to be a high-powered corporate lawyer. I'm really passionate about painting."
It can be done, but you have to make it happen.
One of the things young people always ask me about is what is the secret to success. The secret is there is no secret. It's the basics. Blocking and tackling.
You can only depend on yourself. The cavalry aint coming.
Claim ownership of your dreams.
Though my mom had too many of her own dreams denied, deferred and destroyed, she instilled in me that I could have dreams. And not just have dreams but had a responsibility to make them reality. My mom taught me from a very early age that I could do anything I wanted to do.
(The movie) is the story of my life, but it's not about me.
It's about anybody who ever dreamed big and had someone tell them, 'No, you can't do it.' You can.
No one ever laid out the sequence of events that led to my mother being prosecuted and imprisoned for alleged welfare fraud.
People can't do something themselves, they want to tell you you can't do it.
You want something, go get it.
So many men have holes in their souls the shape of their fathers.
You can pass that on to your kid, or you can do something about it, and I'm seeing a lot of men doing something about it.
Unfortunately, some of the best fathers are mothers.
One time, I was going to be in L.A. for 10 days for a business conference, and I took eight different pairs of sandals.
Always, always pursue happiness.
You're never too old to do something new.
Business school professors don't take selling seriously because they don't know how to sell. It's easy to talk about business theory and production time and just-in-time development. Selling is much more difficult.
Everything that I learned in the Navy, I took it with me into the next phase of my life.
The people who care the most about the folks in your community are living in the community. They don't live in Washington, D.C.
I'm known to be aggressively early.
When you tell your kids they can be anything, you've got to be careful.
I told my kids that, and I ended up with a music producer and an interior designer. But they're doing it.
If you're having a hard time recognizing your gifts, look to someone else you know who's been resourceful. You may be surprised by how your own strengths rise to the surface by watching someone else.
You can blame outside factors or make excuses about why things didn't work out, but that doesn't change anything.
I've never considered selling anything other than profession, but it's more than that. It's one of the highest callings that you can aspire to. Not everyone can do it.
Passion is everything. In fact, you've got to be borderline fanatical about what you do.
I was blessed to have the guys at Bear Stearns as mentors.
They taught me a lot, but most of all, they taught me that there's nothing wrong with selling if you're selling the right product to the right person.
Long before I achieved financial success and became the subject of a Hollywood film, I was a veteran, a single father, and a working person who was homeless.
When you're doing something you're truly passionate about, there is no plan B.
I was late once and it cost me $50,000. I figure it was cheaper to wear two watches.
My stepfather was fond of letting me know, quote, 'I ain't your.
.. damn daddy.' That was something that was painful, to put it mildly.
I just wanted to make a million dollars.
But I couldn't sing and I couldn't play ball, so I said to my mother, 'How am I going to make a million dollars?' And she said to me, 'Son, if you believe you can do it, you will.'
Don't ever be afraid to hire people that are smarter than you.
Just because they are smarter than you doesn't mean they have to make more money.
Will Smith played Chris Gardner better than Chris Gardner ever did.
As long as you have a plan for how you'll live, don't let jealous people turn their insecurities into yours.
When I was a kid, we played a jump rope game called double Dutch - where you had to jump over two ropes swinging in opposite directions. Picking just the right moment to jump in was a practiced art form.
Veterans who are homeless may not have a home, but that doesn't mean they don't have diverse skills that could be put to use to meet the needs of an expanding job market.
I also often hear people say that the deck is stacked against them because of racism, sexism, or other oppressive 'isms.' But once you let go of the blame and excuses, you'll see that you can alter your position on your own.
Fortunately, our digital age has created some wonderful tools for finding employers and showing your strengths. But when it comes to discovering or keeping a job, nothing beats good old-fashioned face time and up-to-date skills.