Gardner, who never knew his father, grew up with his mother and stepfather. His stepfather was an alcoholic and would often beat Chris and his mother. Chris was taken to a child welfare institution after his mother tried to kill his stepfather.
“My mother was an old-fashioned woman and she always said to me, ‘Son, if you believe, you can achieve anything you want.’ he would say. I believed his words and I succeeded.”
Although his real story begins after the age of 27, Chris Gardner describes the difficult times he had as a child:
“I have suffered pain that a child should not go through. At the age of 5, I had made my decision: My children will know who their father is. The later is already known. I achieved this success by making the right decisions.”
His interest in the stock market began with a red Ferrari he saw in the parking lot.
Bob Bridges got Gardner an internship at a company. He was arrested for failing to pay parking tickets during his internship. After that, his financial situation started to deteriorate.
She lived on the streets for almost a year with her son, Christopher Gardner, who was only a few months old.
They had to sleep in train stations, parks, churches and eat in soup kitchens. The money Chris Gardner earned was just enough to send his son to daycare.
Gardner, who now has a full-time job, began earning enough to cover his rent. Climbing the career ladder three by five, he founded a consultancy company named Gardner&Rich in 1987.
In 2006, he caught the attention of Hollywood with his book “The Pursuit of Happyness”, in which he told about his life, and the same year, the movie with the same name was shot.
Today, Gardner is 64, has a fortune of $60 million and has millions who want to hear his story.
And he summarizes his experiences with the following sentence:
“If my childhood was my destiny, today I would be an alcoholic man who beats his wife and abuses children. I listened to my mother’s voice. I walked towards the light, not into the darkness…”
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