Chris Gardner: THE REAL HERO
“YOUR POSITIVE ACTIONS COMBINED
WITH POSITIVE THINKING RESULTS IN SUCCESS…”
l A Terrible Childhood
Gardner was born in Milwaukee on February 9, 1954. He had a harrowing childhood,with an absentee father and a violently abusive step father, Fredie Triplett.In addition,his uncle Hnery a huge inspiration of young Chris,died when he was nine.Although Gardener was abused a lot,he didn’t let that affect his future in bad way.
l Blast From the past
One Christmas when Chris was a teenager, an intoxicated Triplet burst into the bathroom while Chris was taking a bath. With a shotgun in hand, he ordered Chris to leave the house. Promptly, Chris ran out of the house naked and soaking wet into the frigid Wisconsin winter. He had already kicked Chris’s mother out of the house. Gardner said that the event still stays on his mind.
Now homeless,Garderner struggled to find a shelter.But he was lucky enough as he got accomodation at the Glide Memorial Church Centre.
l Early adulthood
As a teenager Chris had done odd jobs like washing dishes at a restaurant, and attending to elderly patients at a nursing home, where he used to handle their bed pans.
Finally,Chris Gardner married Sherry Dyson, a Virginia native and an educational expert in mathematics. With his knowledge, experience and contacts within the medical field, it appeared Gardner had his medical career plans laid out before him. However, with ten years of medical training ahead of him and with changes in healthcare just on the horizon, he realized that the medical profession would be vastly different by the time he could practice medicine.
l Beginning of the adventurous career as an Entrepreneur
Ultimately in 1987, he founded his own brokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Co. in Chicago, which he has since transformed into Christopher Gardner
International Holdings, directs projects overseas, primarily in South Africa.
In May 2006, his memoir ”The Pursuit of Happyness” was published which was soon adapted into an Academy-Award nominee film starring Will Smith as Chris Gardner and Jaden Smith as his son, Chris Jr.
While he runs his million dollar firm ,Gardner is currently on the threshold of writing another prospective bestseller and actively involving himself in many social causes dealing with homelessness and domestic abuse.
Gardener teaches people that you are capable of what you set your mind to.Once said, “I was homeless, but I wasn’t hopeless. I knew a better day was coming.” Even when he had become homeless with his son he never lost hope. Staying strong and believing in himself helped Gardner overcome his obstacles.
Chris Gardner made me realize that its ok to fall down, but its never acceptable to give up.
“OUR GREATEST WEAKNESS LIES IN GIVING
UP.THE MOST CERTAIN WAY TO SUCCEED IS
ALWAYS TO TRY JUST ONE MORE TIME……..”Credits:
Content : Aunkita Mandal