Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
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Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

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by Chris Gardner, Mim E. Rivas
     
 

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“Gardner is encouraging us all to start where we are and dare to make our lives bigger and stronger, more satisfactory, and better. Chris Gardner is a knockout!”

—Maya Angelou

 

 Chris Gardner’s

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“Gardner is encouraging us all to start where we are and dare to make our lives bigger and stronger, more satisfactory, and better. Chris Gardner is a knockout!”

—Maya Angelou

 

 Chris Gardner’s astonishing memoir—the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, The Pursuit of Happyness, which inspired the film of the same name starring Will Smith—served as a shining beacon of hope for countless people. In Start Where You Are, “a book that teaches you how to transform the impossible into the possible” (Sidney Poitier), Gardner offers indispensible life lessons in getting from where you are to where you want to be.

Editorial Reviews

Sidney Poitier
“A book that teaches you how to transform the impossible into the possible.”
Quincy Jones
“Start Where You Are is a must-have, must-read guide to pursuing happiness in changing times. It’s not just about surviving as an individual or business in the current economic environment, but about thriving -- personally, collectively, and globally.”
Maya Angelou
“With . . . Start Where You Are, he is encouraging us all to start where we are and dare to make our lives bigger and stronger, more satisfactory, and better. Chris Gardner is a knock out!”
Ebony
“Gardner offers practical advice and pragmatic suggestions for tackling life’s problems. . . In 44 ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ chapters. . .Gardner provides a blueprint for navigating tumultuous times.”
BookPage
“Start Where You Are represents the next phase in Gardner’s career, offering hope and sound advice in this tough economic climate. . . .Transformative and inspirational.”
Library Journal

Gardner follows his best-selling memoir, The Pursuit of Happyness, with a collection of 44 lessons that he feels helped make his life successful and that he hopes will help others. Gardner explains that this is the book he originally intended to write, but he first had to deal with his past; he recommends that all his readers do the same. His memoir is the perfect setup for this new self-help book, in which he shares his philosophy and the lessons he learned, which took him from an abusive childhood to homelessness and finally to being the chief executive of his own multimillion-dollar brokerage firm. This smart and well-written guide includes excellent suggestions for both everyday life and work, with the last sentence summing up Gardner's message: "Accepting responsibility is accepting that your dreams really can come true." The result is hopeful and uplifting-not a bad thing to see in these days of economic turmoil.
—Mary E. Jones

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061537110
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
476,408
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.16(d)

What People are saying about this

Quincy Jones
“Start Where You Are is a must-have, must-read guide to pursuing happiness in changing times. It’s not just about surviving as an individual or business in the current economic environment, but about thriving — personally, collectively, and globally.”
Sidney Poitier
“A book that teaches you how to transform the impossible into the possible.”
Maya Angelou
“With . . . Start Where You Are, he is encouraging us all to start where we are and dare to make our lives bigger and stronger, more satisfactory, and better. Chris Gardner is a knock out!”

Meet the Author

Chris Gardner is the chief executive officer of Gardner Rich & Company, a multimillion-dollar brokerage with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. An avid philanthropist and motivational speaker, Gardner is a recipient of the Father of the Year Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative. He has two children and resides in Chicago and New York.

Mim Eichler Rivas is the author of the acclaimed Beautiful Jim Key, as well as the coauthor of more than eighteen books, including The Pursuit of Happyness and Finding Fish with Antwone Fisher.

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Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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reader67EJ More than 1 year ago
I saw Chris on the Nate Berkus show and what he did for a struggling young man who is climbing the stairs of life and I loved what Chris was saying, I downloaded the sample of this book and felt like he was talking to me. I am 65 and in a situation of having a grown child and 19 yr old grandson who knows all about life already. My husband is ambulatory and owns his own business, I take care of paperwork for the business. I was having a pity party and started reading the sample Where you are! I said to myself I am going to take back control of my home and be able to do crafts which I love to do and gave them till June 30th to find their own way. Made me feel good inside and back in control so I can do my passion. Thank you Chris for giving me these words of wisdom, now I am anxious to start reading the rest of your words of wisdom.
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ali-seo More than 1 year ago
It was refreshing to have new material in the field of Personal Development. This is book is very to the point, carefully chosen words, down to earth, practical and not at all hipey. In short it's well said lessons for life AND the market place. Absolutely recommended.
WalterMitty More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be inspirational and informing to those of us who need some kind of personal guidance in our lives.
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SalG More than 1 year ago
His last book Pursuit of Happyness was an inspiration to anyone. This book is guaranteed to move your life. I previewed it on his website chrisgardnermedia.com. I highly recommend this reading.