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Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be [NOOK Book]

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Ever since the story of his transformation from homeless, single and struggling father to millionaire became known the world over, Chris Gardner --whose life story both inspired the movie The Pursuit of Happyness and became a #1 New York Times bestseller by the same name--has been inundated with two questions: “How Did You Do It” and “How Can I Do it Too?” Gardner’s power-packed, transformational reply is the basis of this long-anticipated book.

As a departure from standard ...

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Overview

Ever since the story of his transformation from homeless, single and struggling father to millionaire became known the world over, Chris Gardner --whose life story both inspired the movie The Pursuit of Happyness and became a #1 New York Times bestseller by the same name--has been inundated with two questions: “How Did You Do It” and “How Can I Do it Too?” Gardner’s power-packed, transformational reply is the basis of this long-anticipated book.

As a departure from standard self-help tomes that promise overnight riches and exclusive secrets for success, Gardner avoids any tilt toward magical thinking by staying with real issues and solutions impacting individuals in all walks of life. If you’ve had the rug pulled out from under you, or have been dealing with the loss of a home, a job, a health or financial crisis, or simply can’t find the motivation to pursue new challenges, Start Where You Are abounds with life lessons that offer hope and provide a road map for starting anew. This is also the book for anyone ready to launch a personal, professional undertaking, or break generational cycles that hem in their potential.

Taking stock of his own credos, including “The Cavalry Ain’t Coming,” “Find Your Button,” and “Seek the Furthest Star”-- Gardner’s 44 life lessons are earthy, soulful, and always accessible. With an array of stories from the author’s own life, as well as from those he has known or admired, both famous and not, Start Where You Are has arrived just in time to embolden and encourage all of us, even in our era of great global change, reminding us of the infinite resources we already have in our collective pursuit of happyness, and spurring us on in only one direction - forward!

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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.”
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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061879371
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 195,383
  • File size: 561 KB

Meet the Author

Chris Gardner

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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Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Overture-C'mon In 1

1 Start Where You Are 9

Universal Lessons for Pursuit

Lesson #1 Without a Plan, a Dream Is Just a Dream (the C-5 Complex) 14

Lesson #2 We All Have the Power of Choice 24

Lesson #3 The Cavalry Ain't Coming 30

Lesson #4 Start with What You've Got in Your Hand 37

Lesson #5 Baby Steps Count, Too, as Long as You Go Forward 41

Lesson #6 Stop Digging Your Potatoes 46

Lesson #7 What Would the Champ Do? 52

Lesson #8 Say "Peace Be Still" 56

Lesson #9 Even Lewis and Clark Had a Map 62

Lesson #10 Find Your Button 69

2 The Thorny and Golden Past 75

Personal Lessons Drawn from the Past

Lesson #11 Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Yesterday? 82

Lesson #12 In Your Library of Resources, Value All Experience 88

Lesson #13 Draw the Line of Your Life 95

Lesson #14 Whose Child Are You? 100

Lesson #15 Check Out Your Own Version of Genesis 104

Lesson #16 Who's Who in Your 'Hood? 107

Lesson #17 The Red or the Yellow Bike? 112

Lesson #18 Sometimes You Gotta Give Up Christmas 116

Lesson #19 No Test, No Testimony 120

3 Hitting the Anvil 127

Marketplace Lessons for Success

Lesson #20 The Law of Hard Work Is No Secret 134

Lesson #21 Core Strengths Forged on Your Anvil 142

Lesson #22 Wizards Begin as Blacksmiths 148

Lesson #23 Are You Bold Enough to Go Back to Basics? 155

Lesson #24 Supply and Demand Ain't Rocket Science 164

Lesson #25 Truth Is a Hit 170

Lesson #26 Learn the Ropes First, Then Conquer Rome 175

Lesson #27 Who's Who at the Office and in Your Spheres of Influence? 180

Lesson #28 It Takes as Much Energy to Bag an Elephant as It Does a Mouse 186

Lesson #29 Share the Wealth 190

4 Your Empowerment Zone 195

Life-Changing Lessons for Mastery

Lesson #30 Seek the Farthest Star 201

Lesson #31 Seeing Ghosts, Reading Signs 206

Lesson #32 Opportunities, Like Pancakes, Are Best Served Hot, but Sometimes You Gotta Set the Table Before You Can Eat 212

Lesson #33 Stay Open, but Don't Wing It 216

Lesson #34 Mo' Money, Mo' Options, Mo' Problems 223

Lesson #35 Money Is the Least Significant Component of Wealth 229

Lesson #36 Conscious Capitalism: A Personal and Global Primer 234

Lesson #37 Make Your Dream Bigger Than Yourself 238

5 Spiritual Genetics 243

Spiritual Lessons for Connecting to Your Higher Power

Lesson #38 Embrace the Best of Your Spiritual Genetics 247

Lesson #39 Breaking Generational Cycles 253

Lesson #40 Your Divine Inheritance 259

Lesson #41 God's in the Details 263

Lesson #42 Passing the Torch, Raising the Bar 268

6 The Good Old Everyday 275

Ordinary Lessons for Happyness

Lesson #43 Don't Postpone Joy 277

Lesson #44 Claim Ownership of Your Dreams 282

Finale / Takeaways: Get 'Em and Go 287

Creating Your Own Start Where You Are Notebook 299

Acknowledgments 311

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Fantastic

    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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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Useful, down to earth and to the point

    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.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

    Great Read

    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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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    Start Where You Are by Christopher Gardner

    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.

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