The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

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The Pursuit of Happyness 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
fsantiagoeagle More than 1 year ago
i am still reading it- down to earth and very honest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner tells the tale of Chris' life and his struggle to the father that he has never had. His wife has left him, and he has to get a job to insure a place for him and his son to live. This is a wonderful, intriguing fictional novel that you will not want to put down. If you like a book about a father's struggle to have a good live for his son, then this is the book. This book has shown me that if I put my mind to it, i can do anything. Even if times are hard, they can always go up. This book is very inspirational and by far one of my favorite books. I give it four stars, and i recommend this book to anyone.
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This biography is amazing because it is so inspirational.
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The Pursuit of Happyness is a fascinating book about a man who, against all odds, figures out how to be successful in his career as a stockbroker and as a single parent father. His name is Chris Gardner and he grew up with a loving mother but very abusive stepfather that caused him a lot of emotional and physical damage. He made a promise to himself early on that he would always be present in his childrens¿ lives and would never harm them, unlike his stepfather. Throughout the many hardships of his adult life- including homelessness, divorce, and single parenting- he managed to do this all the while pursuing his own version of happiness. The major messages of this book were to dream big and to never stop reaching for your goals, no matter the roadblocks that may come your way. Chris¿ mother was highly influential in his life and she became one of his major role models. This was shown especially when it came to striving for the very best for your children, which was a value that Chris later managed to reflect in his own parenting style, even when he later found himself homeless with a young child to take care of. Some of the elements of this book that I really enjoyed were the positivity that could be found on every page of the book, and the family pictures in the middle of the book. Even during some of the toughest parts of Chris¿ life, such as when his stepfather became abusive, Chris came up with ways that he would cope with the violence at home by promising himself he would never act that way towards his children. The only dislike I had about this book was the technical language regarding his profession that was sometimes difficult to understand. Anyone who is interested in following their own route to happiness should read this book because it is full of inspiration and positive energy that will encourage you! Some other recommended works (not literary) would be to watch the Pursuit of Happiness movie, if you happened to enjoy the book. Other than this one, Chris Gardner has not written any other books so the movie is my personal recommendation. I would give this book an overall rating of a seven out of ten, because it something worth spending time reading but it was not written as eloquently as I would have preferred.
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Enchantress0fTales More than 1 year ago
Never in my life will I find an obsticle where I will think "No I can't" to. This man has faced so much. Even in just the first thirteen years of his life he had faced more than I will ever dream of! I had to read this memoir for career management as an inspirational success story. And boy was it. It took a while to get through because I was forced to read it, and lets face it, no one likes to be forced to do anything, even something they love. He was very open in his writing and so explicit it feels like listening to a friend opening up to a dark secret. He has inspired me to overcome any obsticle and I hope you read this book so you can be too.
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The Pursuit of Happyness written by Chris Gardner describes his personal life and the many struggles he overcame to be successful. Chris was born to Bettye Jean Triplett, his mother who spent time in jail and married an alcoholic and abusive husband who was stepfather to Chris and his three other siblings. After growing up in a tough neighborhood, Chris joined the Navy and began medical training while enrolled in the Navy. After time spent in the Navy, Chris married the women of his dreams, but had a mistress on the side, who became pregnant with his son. After leaving his wife to live with his mistress Jackie, his son Christopher was born but times were tough, both financially and emotionally with Chris working as a low class salesman with a $1000 income a month. Jackie eventually left Chris Sr. with a two year old toddler to care for alone. While in San Francisco, Chris met a stockbroker and decided he needed a change in jobs. He applied for an internship for a stockbroker, which offered very little money. Due to financial struggles, Chris became homeless, therefore he and his son were forced to live out of motels, homeless shelters and in one case, Chris and his son had to sleep in a public restroom. Chris worked at the internship with commitment towards a goal that at first seemed impossible. Eventually, the result was passing the security exam required to be a stockbroker and ultimately being hired at Dean Witter. Chris then went on to build a portfolio of business first in San Francisco then working on Wall Street. Currently he owns his own investment company based out of Chicago and has a net worth estimated upwards of $60 million. This book is what a true American Dream story is because the assumption of a millionaire and his life style is not what Chris has experienced. Yet, he is living the American Dream. Seeing the movie first, my reaction was sadness, not what the message was trying to say; an uplifting message of overcoming obstacles, and eventual prosperity. Instead, when I read the book, the message became clearer and more inspiring. This book is a must read for teenagers and college students so the lessons of a difficult childhood, whether they be emotional, financial or other difficulties demonstrates that many people come closer to Chris' situation and they don't even know it. The one thing that I enjoyed most about this book was that it didn't just jump into how successful he was; instead, the narrative described his childhood, growing up a disadvantaged African-American and overcoming obstacles to be the person that he is today. The biggest message and lesson for anyone who reads this book, is never give up when things become difficult because there's always tomorrow and if you take it one day at a time, The Pursuit of HappYness never ends.
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