08 mai 2011

When the will overrides all the rest ...

The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith

Like many of you, I saw the movie "The pursuit of happyness" with Will Smith. But I had also the chance to see Chris Gardner on stage at an special event in Las Vegas. It was a real moment of true. Who is this man ? 
See what Wikipedia is reporting : Christopher Paul Gardner (born February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a entrepreneurstockbrokermotivational speaker and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher, Jr. Gardner's book of memoirs, The Pursuit of Happyness, was published in May 2006. As of 2006, he is CEO of his own stockbrokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Co, based in Chicago, Illinois, where he resides when he is not living in Toronto. Gardner credits his tenacity and success to the "spiritual genetics" handed down to him by his mother, Bettye Jean Triplett, née Gardner, and to the high expectations placed on him by his children, son Chris Jr. (born 1981) and daughter Jacintha (born 1985). Gardner's personal struggle of establishing himself as a stockbroker while managing fatherhood and homelessness is portrayed in the 2006 motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith.
Chris Gardner and Will Smith
The movie is fabulous. Fantastic story indeed. A lesson for everyone. When you feel bad, look at this movie ! 
I would recommend you to read first the book and then to see this movie. If you can this is better, because then you will understand much better how hard it was for this man to go through all his problems and to face everything.