110+ Chris Gardner Quotes On Passion, Dreams And Success

Top 10 Chris Gardner Quotes (BEST)

  1. 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.
  2. Wealth can also be that attitude of gratitude with which we remind ourselves everyday to count our blessings.
  3. 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.
  4. It's okay to fail; it's not okay to quit.
  5. Don't ever let someone tell you you can't do something.
  6. There is no plan B for passion
  7. The world is your oyster. It's up to you to find the pearls.
  8. If you want something, go get it. Period.
  9. 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.
  10. The balance in your life is more important than the balance in your checking account.

Chris Gardner Short Quotes

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  • It can be done, but you have to make it happen.
  • You can only depend on yourself. The cavalry aint coming.
  • Unfortunately, some of the best fathers are mothers.
  • I cut grass, I did yard work, I did roofing, I cleaned basements to take care of my family.
  • I went through pain as a child so my children wouldn't have to.
  • I've never been big on sports coats and pants. I'm a suit guy. It makes it clear who's in charge.
  • I made a decision as a five-year-old boy that my kids will know who their father is.
  • You're never too old to do something new.
  • I hold one thing dearer than all else: my commitment to my son.
  • I do one thing - I don't do it on purpose - but I always make other guys look underdressed.
 quote Do something that makes you happy and makes you feel good about yourself.
Do something that makes you happy and makes you feel good about yourself.

Chris Gardner Quotes On Life

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(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. — Chris Gardner

What can we be in life? Few figures in history have answered this question with as much clarity and moral authority as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — Chris Gardner

Everything that I learned in the Navy, I took it with me into the next phase of my life. — Chris Gardner

I've created the life I wanted. — Chris Gardner

My first ambition in life, I made up my mind I was going to become Miles Davis. I studied music, music theory. I played trumpet for nine years. One day, my mother explained, 'You can't be Miles Davis. There's one, and he's got that job.' — Chris Gardner

This part of my life, this little part, is called happiness. — Chris Gardner

Don't wait for the perfect time to start making changes to your life; the time is now. — Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner Quotes On Passion

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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." — Chris Gardner

Passion is not something you have to talk about. People feel it. — Chris Gardner

Passion is everything. In fact, you've got to be borderline fanatical about what you do. — Chris Gardner

No matter what you accomplish, when you're doing something you're truly passionate about... the opportunities are always going to be bigger. — Chris Gardner

What I love about AT&T is that they are just as passionate as I am about rebooting the American dream. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

I've said that if you're not doing something that you're passionate about, you're compromising yourself every single day. — Chris Gardner

I've been saying to people for a long time, 'If you're not doing something you're tremendously excited about, and you're not feeling passionate about it, you're compromising yourself every day.' — Chris Gardner

When you're doing something you're truly passionate about, there is no plan B. — Chris Gardner

Passion is the thing that won't let you sleep at night because you want to get up in the morning and go do your thing. — Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner Quotes On Dreams

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Claim ownership of your dreams. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

I chose to embrace the spirit of my mother, who, though she had too many of her own dreams denied, deferred, and destroyed, she still instilled in me, her child, that I could have dreams and that I did have a responsibility and the power. — Chris Gardner

Everybody got a dream. What's the plan? — Chris Gardner

If you have a dream, you've got to protect it. — Chris Gardner

But if you don’t take the necessary steps to make them happen, dreams are just mirages that mess with your head! — Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner Quotes On Success

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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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner Quotes On Inspiring

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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. — Chris Gardner

We can all look to our friends, family, and those we admire for inspiration. — Chris Gardner

Most of us have heard the saying, 'Cleanliness is next to godliness.' That's a sentiment I value, but another virtue has inspired me to revise that saying. As far as I'm concerned, what's next to godliness is resourcefulness. — Chris Gardner

Find something that you love. Something that gets you so excited you can't wait to get out of bed in the morning. Forget about money. Be happy. — Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner Quotes On People

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People can't do something themselves, they want to tell you you can't do it. You want something, go get it. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

You want be young and have fun, that's great. But while you're having fun, someone you don't see is studying and preparing. You might end up working for that person. No one wants to hear that! But I try to tell young people: You want to be the one signing the front of the check, not the back. — Chris Gardner

Nine times out of 10, extenuating circumstances aside, I believe that people are where they are by some kind of choice on their part. You need to acknowledge that, 'Hey, I'm here because I steered my horse in this direction.' — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

We can all learn something from people we admire. — Chris Gardner

As long as you have a plan for how you'll live, don't let jealous people turn their insecurities into yours. — Chris Gardner

In order for you to find a job, people need to know you're looking. — Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner Quotes On Skills

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I initially moved to San Francisco to become a research associate for one of the top young heart surgeons in the country. Everything that I learned in that position is that skills, talent, and expertise are transferable. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner Famous Quotes And Sayings

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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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

No one ever laid out the sequence of events that led to my mother being prosecuted and imprisoned for alleged welfare fraud. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

I had spent years in the United States military. Specifically in the U.S. Navy. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

Baby steps count, too, as long as you're moving forward. — Chris Gardner

Will Smith played Chris Gardner better than Chris Gardner ever did. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

You can blame outside factors or make excuses about why things didn't work out, but that doesn't change anything. — Chris Gardner

Be bold enough to find the one thing that you are passionate about. It might not be what you were trained to do. But be bold enough to do the one thing. Nobody needs to dig it but you. — Chris Gardner

I am very, very conscious of time. I always wear two watches. People ask me, 'Why do you do that?' Because I was late once,and it cost me a huge opportunity. — Chris Gardner

I grew up without a father. — Chris Gardner

I have one of those old-fashioned mothers who told me every single day, 'Son, you can do or be anything that you want to do or be.' And I believed it. I bought into it 100%. — Chris Gardner

Many have forged a path to greatness lit only by a vision in their minds. — Chris Gardner

I'm encouraged by what I see of men trying to be there for their children. — Chris Gardner

Too many veterans are poor or near poor and homeless because of it. — Chris Gardner

Remember: If you don't schmooze, you lose. Used wisely, a bit of chitchat helps create a personal connection with your boss and colleagues. — Chris Gardner

If you're passionate about something, you can develop the abilities. — Chris Gardner

I've been talking to a lot of young people, especially here in America. I let them know that the people who they're competing with for opportunities live all over the place. They're probably not in your city, state, or country; they are hungry, and they are grinding! Some of the things that a lot of us take for granted, these people don't. — Chris Gardner

My biggest hero was my mother. She told me every day that I could do or be anything. I knew it, I believed it, and I embraced it. — Chris Gardner

Racism is not new. It was not invented just for you. So get bigger than that stuff. — Chris Gardner

A father is everything in the world. — Chris Gardner

I didn't grow up in a household where dinner conversation was, 'How did the market do today?' — Chris Gardner

Finding gainful employment to pay for housing is hard for any veteran experiencing homelessness. It's even more difficult for veterans who've also had encounters with police and stints in jail. — Chris Gardner

There was a language specific to all things. The ability to learn another language in one arena, whether it was music, medicine, or finance, could be used to accelerate learning and other arenas, too. — Chris Gardner

Salespeople are the most important people in any organization. Until a salesperson gets an order, nobody in the company has a job. — Chris Gardner

Just remember, you're never too old to have a hero. — Chris Gardner

If you're lucky enough to have a permanent position, don't feel entitled. Companies value longtime employees' institutional memory, but to be irreplaceable, you must stay invested. Take the initiative and assume new responsibilities. — Chris Gardner

When someone says, 'You can't,' what it really means is that they can't - so why should you get to? — Chris Gardner

Well, I really don't want to be a high-powered corporate lawyer. I'm really passionate about painting. — Chris Gardner

My mom had to be resourceful. She grew up dirt poor in rural Louisiana. — Chris Gardner

It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that? — Chris Gardner

Sometimes we are so busy helping others that we forget about ourselves. Remember, it's okay to say no and to ask others to carry their own weight. — Chris Gardner

Ready or not, Tell yourself to jump — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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? — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

Your net worth can fluctuate, but your self-worth should only appreciate. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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. — Chris Gardner

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.' — Chris Gardner

I was late once and it cost me $50,000. I figure it was cheaper to wear two watches. — Chris Gardner

Life Lessons by Chris Gardner

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  1. Chris Gardner's story teaches us that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. He overcame extreme poverty and homelessness to become a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist.
  2. His story also emphasizes the importance of resilience and perseverance, as he faced many obstacles and failures on his way to success.
  3. Finally, his story serves as an inspiration to never give up, even in the face of adversity. Chris Gardner's story is a testament to the power of determination and a reminder that anything is possible with the right attitude.

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