Success Story: Chris Gardner From Homeless to Millionaire

Chris Gardner with Will and Jayden Smith

This is the story of multi-millionaire Chris Gardner and the valuable lessons that you can learn from his success. If you have watched “The Pursuit of Happiness” you know his success story and what struggles he went from being homeless to becoming a millionaire.
 
Chris was a high school dropout and homeless man who went from living on the streets and bathing in public restrooms to building one of the most successful stock brokerage firms in America.
 


 

About Chris Gardner

 
Chris Gardner (born on February 9, 1954. He was being raised by a single mother. His mother was trained as a schoolteacher, but wound up taking on numerous part-time jobs in order to provide for her family.
 
Gardner and his siblings were transferred back and forth between relatives and foster homes. His mother had been imprisoned twice; once, for allegedly receiving welfare while working, and the second time for attempting to burn down the house of Gardner’s abusive stepfather.
 
One day while on a sales call, Gardner met a man who was impeccably dressed and drove a red Ferrari. As fate would have it, the driver of the Ferrari was a stockbroker. When Gardner heard that the man was earning over $80,000 a month, he decided that his future lied in investments.
 
He had no education, no experience, and no connections, but that was not about to stop Gardner from achieving his new dream. Once he had decided to become a stockbroker, Gardner immediately set out to find an investment firm that would give him a chance.
 
Gardner finally found a manager of a training program who was willing to give him a shot. However, when Gardner showed up for his first day of work, the manager who had hired him had been fired and no one else had ever heard of Gardner or his new position. He left with his hopes disappointed.
 

“Find something that you love. Something that gets you so excited you can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning. Forget about money. Be happy.” – Chris Gardner

 

More Inspirational Quotes

 

“Baby steps count, as long as you are going forward. You add them all up, and one day you look back and you’ll be surprised at where you might get to.”

 

“That’s when I learned in this business, it’s not a black thing, it’s not a white thing, it’s a green thing. If you can make me money, I don’t care what color you are. So that’s how I deal with that to this day.”

 

“I was Chris Gardner, father of a son who deserved better than what my daddy could do for me, son of Betty Jean Gardner who said that if I wanted to win I could win.”

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