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The Pursuit Of Happyness

The Pursuit Of Happyness

In the movie, Chris Gardner is a single father, struggling in poverty. Unable to sell the products he invested his life savings into, he finds himself struggling to pay rent. Within one year, he manages to become a stockbroker at a top firm and goes on to run his own multimillion dollar firm.

People gravitated to this story because it's the ultimate success story: the story of the underdog. It's about perseverance, determination and hard work.




MORE IDEAS FROM The Lessons Of Success We Can Take From 'The Pursuit Of Happyness'

"The Cavalry Ain't Coming, You Got To Do This Yourself"

While trying to sell one of his bone scanners downtown, he meets Jay Twistle, a manager for Dean Witter, whom he impresses after solving a Rubix cube puzzle in a taxi ride. After securing an interview with Dean Witter to become an intern stockbroker, he is arrested for unpaid parking tickets. When he’s let go, he’s out of time to change clothes and has to suck up his pride and go to the interview in sweatpants and a wife beater. He presents his reasons for candidacy with such strength, determination and passion that his employers were forced to look beyond his appearance.




"Doing Things Is Tough, Do Something You Love"

Chris Gardner never let anything stop him because it was his passion. He knew how hard and special it was to find something he not only loved doing, but that he understood.

You must find your path, your focus. It's important that you keep your dream alive and keep a clear eye on the end goal. It's not about the failures and missteps along the way, but how they help to make you stronger on your journey to the end.




Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness

“You got a dream... You gotta protect it. People can't do somethin' themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want somethin', go get it. Period.”




"Ready Or Not, Tell Yourself To Jump"

Chris often struggles to find a place for him and his son to sleep while maintaining the illusion at work that he is the most put together, normal candidate for the possible job at the end of the internship. At one point he even lends his last $5 to a coworker for a cab, just to maintain the illusion.

Due to his limited time, he must find ways to make his sales calls at work more efficient, even going against protocol when he reaches out to high level prospective clients. He proves that perception really is everything, and how you make people perceive you is a major part of the recipe of success.




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Chris Gardner

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”




  1. Assess yourself. We all have unique abilities and talents and however small we can do great things with them.
  2. Look to someone you admire
  3. Believe in yourself and keep in mind the things that allowed you to attain earlier goals.
  4. Be passionate about what you do. Be willing to constantly learn and adapt.
  5. Love what you do. Money is often not enough motivation. 
  6. Be the best you can be
  7. Remember your roots. After becoming rich Gardner still contributes to his communities and likes to remember where he came from.
  8. Protect your dream. If you want something, do what it takes to get it.
  9. Be agile so you can tackle more challenges in a shorter time and open up new opportunities.
  10. Have a plan that’s clear, concise, compelling and consistent and commit to that.




  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.