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Inspirational Success Stories: Chris Gardner's Pursuit of Happiness


“It’s your responsibility to pursuit what matters.”


Have you ever watched the movie called Pursuit of Happiness? It is a movie about inspirational success story which tells you about a story of a man who struggled through life before achieving his accomplishments. A very excellent, inspirational, and beautiful movie in my opinion, which is recommended to watch for every person.

The man whose inspirational success story is pictured in the movie is called Chris Gardner. He is the CEO and founder of Christopher Gardner International Holdings – a financial services and brokerage company with offices in Fransisco, New York, and Chicago. His net worth is about 60 million dollars (for readers who do not know, net worth is the total asset minus total debt of someone).

Well, as the previous articles in this web blog about Jack Ma and Steve Jobs, here is the man who had gone through hardship of his own before he overcame it and became a man who everyone can see as a successful businessman. The journey, as in the case of Jack Ma, Steve Jobs, and many other successful person in the world, is a very challenging indeed.



Now what is to be liked about the Pursuit of Happiness movie is that it illustrated the journey in which Chris Gardner run through in his life. He has had many difficulties. Had troubled marriage and separated with his wife, worked very hard without pay as a test to get employment while taking care of his son as a single parent, and got evicted from his rent because he could not pay his monthly due to the owner of the property. Moreover about Chris Gardner which is not being told in the movie is that he has had a troubled childhood. His parents separated and his stepfather was abusive to his mother and siblings. His mother was falsely convicted because of his stepfather’s allegations. Because no one can take care of him and his siblings, he had to stay in the foster home at the age of eight.

And yet he still succeeds after all of that.

Let me repeat, and yet he still succeeds after all of that.

Most of us do not have to go through as hard as what Chris Gardner did while walking through our life. And yet, many of us also complaint that we do not have the right circumstances to succeed. It can be our environment does not support our effort to achieve our dream, our family condition does not bode well with the base that we want to achieve success, or maybe our financial situation does not let us to build our future.

Well, what Chris Gardner has proven to us is that no matter what our condition at the present, we can always achieve our dream in our near future through our persistent effort.

What Chris Gardner does is nothing short of remarkable. He continue to work as hard as he can to get the job which will take him to the first phase of his success despite his condition really not supporting him to work that hard and win the job. One time, he has to stay overnight at a public toilet with his son because he could not afford to rent place to sleep. Many people would give up when faced with the adversity like he was and yet he continue to thrive to claim his success.

Read also: Inspirational Success Stories: Walt Disney, The Man Who Believed in His Dream

It is very important that we continue to work hard and firmly believe in our dream even though the circumstances around us might not allow us to do so.

For the last part of this article, let me share one of my favorites quote from the Pursuit of Happiness movie. It may be a popular quote and you might already knew about this quote but allow me to state this quote again as the reminder that we must have determination and patience to achieve our success, whatever the definition of success might be in our own life, even if the circumstances seem to not support us for that matter. It is the saying from the father character to his son during a scene in the movie.

“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they are gonna tell you that you cannot do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”


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