Literally From Rags To Riches
Posted 8/15/08
Born February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Christopher Gardner never knew his father. He lived with his mother, Bettye Jean Gardner, whom he adored, and, when necessary, in foster homes. Despite a life of hardship and emotional scarring, his mother provided him with strong "spiritual genetics" and taught him some of the greatest lessons of his life, which he follows to this day.

She convinced him that in spite of where he came from, he could attain whatever goals he set for himself by saying, "If you want to, one day you could make a million dollars." Gardner believed this to be fact, and knew he would have to find a career he could be passionate about, and one that would allow him to "be world-class at something."

Though hard working and tenacious, a series of circumstances in the early 1980’s left him homeless in San Francisco and the sole guardian of his toddler son. Though unwilling to give up Chris, Jr. or his dream of financial independence, and without connections or a college degree, he still somehow earned a spot in a stockbroker training program. Often spending his nights in a church shelter or the bathroom at a train station in Oakland, Gardner ended up the sole trainee offered a job at Dean Witter Reynolds in 1981.

Today, he’s the CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings, a company he founded with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. The amazing story of his life was published as an autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, and is the inspiration for the new movie of the same name starring Will Smith.

Having surmounted acute obstacles on his road to success, Gardner is an avid motivational speaker, addressing the keys to self-empowerment, beating odds, and breaking cycles. He is also a passionate philanthropist committed to many charitable organizations. He has two children and resides in Chicago and New York. Here, he reflects on the film about his life.



+ Delete If This Thread Is A Dupe

~Eunjin
16324 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M / Bangalore,India
Offline
Posted 8/15/08
woah amazing. i like reading rags to riches stories. Gives me motivation to achieve.
This is the guy on whom "The Pursuit of Happyness" is based upon ,right?
Posted 8/15/08
yup XD i just finished watching that movie
7240 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 8/15/08
Now I wanna watch the movie.
7091 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
24 / M / where goodlooking...
Offline
Posted 8/15/08
I, too, saw that film already.
19863 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
69 / M / Limbo
Offline
Posted 8/15/08
The man sold time machines. Of course he's a millionaire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 8/15/08

DRO1 wrote:

The man sold time machines. Of course he's a millionaire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


rofl, true, true XD
Kiki's Customer Support Service
Kiki 
100410 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
F / Nova Scotia
Offline
Posted 3/22/10
Op has nuked. If anyone would like to recreate this thread, they're more than welcome to.


~Locked
You must be logged in to post.