The Pursuit of Happyness


Chris Gardner’s amazing story of financial success was first chronicled almost four years ago on TV-as fate would have it, Will Smith, happened to be watching this story. Four years later Will Smith is portraying Chris Gardner in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness! The misspelling is a reference to a real life day-care center that Gardner could not afford for his son.

I am a sucker for a real life rags to riches story and Chris Gardner is all of that and more. One night while visiting San Francisco General Hospital on his sales rounds (he was a medical-supply salesman), he spotted a red Ferrari 308 pulling into the parking lot. Gardner posed two questions to the driver of the Ferrari: “What do you do?” and “How do you do that?” They went to lunch and the stockbroker explained how we was making $80,000 a month-Gardner was making $30,000 a year. Gardner managed to get into a trainee program and the rest is history. For those of you who have not read the book or seen the movie—I won’t ruin the story but if you need to have your spirit rekindled, and you are suffering some troubling financial times, please do go see this movie.

I’ve always said financial success is a journey and what a journey it has been for Chris Gardner. It’s also not about the money-it’s about the freedom money provides you to make choices to help yourself and others!

Steve Mertz
Thanks for the Inspiration Chris Gardner!

2 Responses to “The Pursuit of Happyness”

  1. Flexo says:

    I’ve seen previews and I’m looking forward to seeing the movie. It looks like an uplifting story.

  2. Steve Mertz says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing it too Flexo,after reading about Chris and I’ve heard it’s fairly accurate!

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