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Entrepreneurship lessons to learn from ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ - Start-Up Hyderabad

Five Lessons From “The Pursuit Of Happyness”

  1. Being an entrepreneur means facing challenges. Despair not, keep trying, your lucky break may be close. 
  2. Have high aspirations. Chris dreamt of being a stockbroker even when he was struggling as an intern. 
  3. Never show your weaknesses. Chris was a homeless father but he behaved and presented himself in a way no one would think him so.
  4. Don’t let others opinions hinder your journey. Chris’s partner thought his idea of becoming a stockbroker was an absurd. 
  5. Work towards achieving what you want. While working as a salesman, Chris encounters a successful stockbroker driving a nice car, decides he wants a similar life and starts working relentlessly towards it.
  6. The current economic status won’t determine your future. Be adaptable and don’t allow it to effect long term planning. 

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Five Lessons From “The Pursuit Of Happyness”

  1. Being an entrepreneur means facing challenges. Despair not, keep trying, your lucky break may be close. 
  2. Have high aspirations. Chris dreamt of being a stockbroker even when he was struggling as an intern. 
  3. Never show your weaknesses. Chris was a homeless father but he behaved and presented himself in a way no one would think him so.
  4. Don’t let others opinions hinder your journey. Chris’s partner thought his idea of becoming a stockbroker was an absurd. 
  5. Work towards achieving what you want. While working as a salesman, Chris encounters a successful stockbroker driving a nice car, decides he wants a similar life and starts working relentlessly towards it.
  6. The current economic status won’t determine your future. Be adaptable and don’t allow it to effect long term planning. 

The Movie “The Pursuit Of Happyness”

Based on Chris Gardner’s true-life story, the ‘Pursuit of Happyness” is the story of a single father and his journey from homeless unpaid intern to owning a brokerage firm. 

The film shows how the single struggling salesman manages to sustain the expenses of himself and his son in the increasingly unstable economic climate.

“You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People who can’t do something themselves will tell you that you can’t do it. ”

“You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People who can’t do something themselves will tell you that you can’t do it. ”

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