If you have ever seen that wonderful, inspiring movie The Pursuit of Happyness where Will Smith played a guy who literally started from the bottom and rose to become a very successful entrepreneur, then you may have heard of Christopher Gardner because that’s who the entire movie was about. Christopher Garner is no stranger to failure nor success, giving him the credibility to help inspire, empower, and enlighten someone else to become successful.
His story has been an inspiration to millions who have read his book and seen his movie. Christopher Gardner was born in 1954 in Wisconsin and was marked by poverty, domestic violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse, and family illiteracy. He went on to the Navy only to be discharged after, and soon after he worked as a medical research associate, but wanted something that was better and more lucrative.
He became interested in finance and earned a training spot at one of the top brokerage firms. He later worked at Bear Sterns and Co. where he became the top earner. Chris Gardner has a very inspiring story and I want to share with you 5 Chris Gardner quotes that will inspire you.
1) Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me.
There are many who will try to discourage you from going after what you really want in life, and sometimes it may not be intentional, but you always have a choice to either let what others say discourage you or empower you. Sometimes, you have to block of the voices of even those people that matter the most to you and go after what want you want in life. You can do anything that you want to do in this life if you have the right mentality and enough persistence and determination.
2) If you want something, go get it. Period.
A lot of people are afraid of going after what they want or they let the excuses they come up with hold them back from achievement. If you want something in life, the only way to get is to go after it instead of coming up with the challenges or excuses that are holding you back from what you want. Go after what you want in this life. Period. These Eric Thomas quotes can help you become more motivated to go after what you want.
3) The balance in your life is more important than the balance in your checking account.
This quote is very important because in order to be happy and the most productive, you have to have balance in your life. Money can enhance your life and should be there only to help add balance to your relationships and happiness, but money should not be the most important thing in your life because it will not bring ultimate happiness. Remember that money is only meant to be used as a tool to make your life better. The real value of life is life itself, not the balance in your checking account.
4) If you don’t take the necessary steps to make your dreams come true, they are just mirages that mess with your head.
I know many of you have heard the saying that knowledge is power, and yes this is true, but that that statement is only partially correct. Knowledge is only on the stepping stone to power. In order to truly obtain power, you have to take action. The same goes for having your dreams come true.
It is nice to have dreams, but they can be used as motivational tools to help you obtain the life that you want to live, but if you want those dreams to come true, you have to take action. We all know that dreams can be wonderful, but if you never take the necessary steps to make those dreams come true, those same dreams can become a nightmare because you begin to feel as though they will never come true.
5) The future was uncertain, absolutely, and there were many hurdles, twists, and turns to come, but as long as I kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other, the voices of fear and shame, the messages from those who wanted me to believe that I wasn’t good enough, would be stilled.
There are going to be times in your life where your challenges, circumstances, and even the people around you are going to want to break you and make you give up, but you have to keep moving forward no matter how small the steps of progress you take are. The road to success is not a straight path and you will reach times of distraught and the fear of failure, your doubts, and insecurities will try to keep you from greatness, but if you can find the strength to keep going, you will gain the momentum you need to succeed and those fears, insecurities, and doubts will on day stop holding you back.
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