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Chris Gardner

Christopher Paul Gardner is an American businessman and motivational speaker. During the early 1980s, Gardner struggled with homelessness while raising a toddler son. He became a stockbroker and eventually founded his own brokerage firm Gardner Rich & Co in 1987. In 2006, Gardner sold his minority stake in the firm and published a memoir. That book was made into the motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith.

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I'm encouraged by what I see of men trying to be there for their children.
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.
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 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.
I made a decision as a five-year-old boy that my kids will know who their father is.
Everybody got a dream. What's the plan?
I didn't grow up in a household where dinner conversation was, 'How did the market do today?'
I've said that if you're not doing something that you're passionate about, you're compromising yourself every single day.
When you're doing something you're truly passionate about, there is no plan B.
In order for you to find a job, people need to know you're looking.
Remember: If you don't schmooze, you lose. Used wisely, a bit of chitchat helps create a personal connection with your boss and colleagues.
Will Smith played Chris Gardner better than Chris Gardner ever did.
I've never been big on sports coats and pants. I'm a suit guy. It makes it clear who's in charge.
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.'
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.'
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.
You're never too old to do something new. — © Chris Gardner
You're never too old to do something new.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Too many veterans are poor or near poor and homeless because of it.
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.
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.
Racism is not new. It was not invented just for you. So get bigger than that stuff.
Baby steps count, too, as long as you're moving forward.
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.
As long as you have a plan for how you'll live, don't let jealous people turn their insecurities into yours.
Your net worth can fluctuate, but your self-worth should only appreciate.
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.
You can blame outside factors or make excuses about why things didn't work out, but that doesn't change anything.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
What I love about AT&T is that they are just as passionate as I am about rebooting the American dream.
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 had spent years in the United States military. Specifically in the U.S. Navy. — © Chris Gardner
I had spent years in the United States military. Specifically in the U.S. Navy.
My mom had to be resourceful. She grew up dirt poor in rural Louisiana.
Everything that I learned in the Navy, I took it with me into the next phase of my life.
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.
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.
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.
Many have forged a path to greatness lit only by a vision in their minds.
I hold one thing dearer than all else: my commitment to my son.
I cut grass, I did yard work, I did roofing, I cleaned basements to take care of my family.
I'm known to be aggressively early.
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.
When someone says, 'You can't,' what it really means is that they can't - so why should you get to?
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.
We can all learn something from people we admire. — © Chris Gardner
We can all learn something from people we admire.
No matter what you accomplish, when you're doing something you're truly passionate about... the opportunities are always going to be bigger.
I went through pain as a child so my children wouldn't have to.
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.
Just remember, you're never too old to have a hero.
Don't wait for the perfect time to start making changes to your life; the time is now.
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.
We can all look to our friends, family, and those we admire for inspiration.
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?
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.
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