From Homeless to Millionaire – 3 Success Lessons from Chris Gardner

My name is Evan Carmichael and I consider the fastest, as well as the most reliable way to establish a business,would be to model the strategies of those who have already done what you are wanting to do. I call it Modeling the Masters.

Today we’re planning to check out how homeless guy and a high school dropout would go from living on the roads and bathing in public restrooms to building among the very successful stock brokerage firms in The United States. This is the narrative of multi-millionaire Chris Gardner and the top 3 lessons which you can learn from his success.

“Find something which you adore. Something which gets you so excited you can not wait to get out of bed in the morning. Ignore cash. Be happy.” – Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner (born on February 9, 1954) was the only son of 12 kids that was being raised by one mother. Gardner and his siblings were transferred back and forth between relatives and foster homes. His mom had been imprisoned twice for allegedly receiving welfare while working, for trying to burn down the house of Gardner’s abusive stepfather and also the next time. Gardner’s prospects were narrow coming from an environment such as this.

Gardner met a man who was dressed and drove a red Ferrari, while on a sales call. The driver of the Ferrari was a stockbroker, as fate would have it. When Gardner discovered that the man was making over $80,000 a month, he decided that his future lied in investments. He’d no education, no expertise, and no links, but that was not about to halt Gardner from realizing his new dream.

Gardner promptly set out to find an investment firm that will give him a chance, once he’d determined to be a stockbroker. In a single brokerage firm, Gardner eventually located a supervisor of a training program who was willing to give a chance to him. However, when Gardner showed up for his first day of work, the manager who’d hired him had been fired and no one else had ever heard of Gardner or his new position. He left with his hopes.

  • Action Item #1: Get Excited About Something
  • Action Item #2: Be the Best You Can Be
  • Action Item #3: Remember Your Roots

Quotes

“Baby steps count, as long as you are going forward. You add them all up, and one day you look back and you’ll be surprised at where you might get to.”

“That’s when I learned in this business, it’s not a black thing, it’s not a white thing, it’s a green thing. If you can make me money, I don’t care what color you are. So that’s how I deal with that to this day.”

“I was Chris Gardner, father of a son who deserved better than what my daddy could do for me, son of Betty Jean Gardner who said that if I wanted to win I could win.”

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