The Pursuit of Happyness
Let me first explain how I went from writing about a book a week to a book a month.
I’m not really a slacker. I promise.
But the music portion of Bring Me Up has gone crazy and I’m having a very hard time keeping up with it while also making deadlines for the other publications I now write for…
I have indeed finished another book.
Hmm, it makes it sounds as though reading it was a chore when I phrase the finish that way, but truly this book was very good and I loved every page.
The book and movie have the same title “The Pursuit of Happyness” but it was the book that came first and inspired the big screen portrayal. Essentially the autobiography of a man named Chris Gardner; “The Pursuit of Happyness” discusses how he went from having next to nothing to becoming a wealthy and famous New York stock broker.
Wealth can be measured in many ways and unfortunately most of us think of money before we think of anything else. I think what impressed me the most in this book is that Chris Gardner never lost sight of real wealth. From the time he was a kid, maybe because he didn’t know any better, he decided that being a good person and making sure his Mom was happy was the only thing that really mattered.
Now owner and CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco; Gardner started off as a child moving from house to house, never knowing his father and watching his Mom get taken in by abusive men time and time again. The movie didn’t explain his childhood much at all, but I think it is a crucial part of the story because it further explains why his love for his son ran so deep and why he wanted to rise above his obstacles so badly. The ambition this man had and still has is admirable and that is an understatement.
As a single, homeless, jobless man with a toddler son…you can imagine life was not at all easy. The circumstance which led to him being in that situation really weren’t in his control as they happened so quickly, but he did not give up. Not only did he not give up, but he took leaps and bounds to get past these setbacks.
It was his firm determination, insanely astute logic skills and deep love for his son that eventually landed him into the Dean Witter Reynolds training program. He would race to work from homeless shelters and use every spare dollar to pay for care for his son while he went through his internship learning bucket loads but making nothing financially.
I cannot even begin to tell you how impressed I am by this man and his accomplishments. I loved the movie, but the book was even better.
I highly suggest reading this one.
Go out or hit up Amazon and purchase “The Pursuit of Happyness” by Christopher Gardner. It could very well change your entire outlook on life.