Christopher Paul "Chris" Gardner (born February 9, 1954) is an American entrepreneur, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher Gardner, Jr. Gardner's book of memoirs, The Pursuit of Happyness, was published in May 2006.
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Claim ownership of your dreams.
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.
I had spent years in the United States military. Specifically in the U.S. Navy.
Do something that makes you happy and makes you feel good about yourself.
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.
Passion is everything. In fact, you've got to be borderline fanatical about what you do.
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.
Your skills may not be anything out of the ordinary, but you can do miraculous things with what you've got. Maybe it's your parenting skills, or your compassion. It may be your curiosity, your imagination or unique style of fashion. Even if it seems to be no big deal, the lesson here is we all have unique abilities and talents.
Your net worth can fluctuate, but your self-worth should only appreciate.
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.
People can't do something themselves, they want to tell you you can't do it.
You want something, go get it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We all understand genetics. You get your eyes from your dad, your mom's nose, there's nothing you can do about that. But your spiritual genetics you can choose, pick, embrace and commit to. That's what I did.
Probably the hardest question I get asked is, 'How do I choose between passion and practicality?' I can't answer that. I had to do both. I was passionate about pursuing a career in financial services. But I was also passionate about feeding my child.
I say to people all the time, it is OK to fail.
Some of the greatest successes in the history of America started out as failures.
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 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.'
I was late once and it cost me $50,000. I figure it was cheaper to wear two watches.
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.
It's okay to fail; it's not okay to quit.
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.
I'm known to be aggressively early.
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.
You're never too old to do something new.
Always, always pursue happiness.
Everything that I learned in the Navy, I took it with me into the next phase of my life.
You can only depend on yourself. The cavalry aint coming.
I had never gone to college. I was not from a politically connected family. I had no money of my own. Who is going to do business with you?
You know how mountains get moved? Everyone who can move a couple, move a couple.
Those who can move rocks, move rocks. Those who can move boulders, move boulders. That's how mountains get moved. If every one of us did everything we could, I believe we would be in a different world.
The hardest thing that I had to do every day as a working single parent was child care, to have to leave my child with people that I did not know and hope everything was OK, that was the most painful part of every day.
Strong people stand up for themselves.
Stronger people stand up for others. The irony is that while sleep sometimes brings nightmares, it's the reality of my waking hours that can cause me the greater fear.
No matter what you accomplish, when you're doing something you're truly passionate about... the opportunities are always going to be bigger.
Then again, what seems like nothing in the eyes of the world, when properly valued and put to use, can be among the greatest riches.
Baby steps count, too, as long as you're moving forward.
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.
Will Smith played Chris Gardner better than Chris Gardner ever did.
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.
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.
The balance in your life is more important than the balance in your checking account.
When you're doing something you're truly passionate about, there is no plan B.
Don't ever let someone tell you you can't do something.
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.
You can blame outside factors or make excuses about why things didn't work out, but that doesn't change anything.
It can be done, but you have to make it happen.
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.