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Start Where You Are

Start Where You Are

By Chris Gardner with Mim Eichler Rivas

Amistad/HarperCollins; 320 pages; $26.95 Hardcover

ISBN-10: 006153711X
ISBN-13: 978-0061537110

The Pursuit of Happyness - the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir and blockbuster movie starring Will Smith - inspired millions of people and brought Chris Gardner sudden fame. Thousands of fans all over the world contacted him, sharing their own stories of struggle and triumph and asking him two important questions: "How did you do it?" and "How can I do it too?" And now, as countless people are being forced to start over, Chris is approached and asked the keys to success on a daily basis.

At last Chris Gardner shares his philosophies on, and the crucial steps behind, creating a fulfilling, successful life in Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Having conquered seemingly impossible challenges on his way to becoming a profitable entrepreneur, popular speaker and dedicated activist, Gardner's aim in Start Where You Are is to give back by motivating others to claim ownership of their dreams and achieve their full potential - beginning right now and capitalizing on the resources already in place while building towards bigger goals and ambitions.

The book provides a much-needed blueprint for navigating this tumultuous time with positivity, courage, tenacity, discipline and common sense. Distilling his beliefs into 44 profound yet accessible chapters, Gardner offers practical advice for tackling life's problems and seizing its opportunities, all with his trademark humor and "tell it like it is" attitude. He begins by encouraging readers to "Find Your Button," what they love to do, what excites them, and advises that without this passion they are doomed for unfulfillment. Now is the time for dreaming big, transferring your skills and using your experience - which no pink slip can take away from you. But, Gardner cautions, net worth does not equal self worth so "Find Out Your 'Why'" and don't pursue anything for the money alone.

Other core principles include "Baby Steps Count Too, As Long As You Go Forward," "No Test, No Testimony," "The Law of Hard Work Is No Secret," "Learn the Ropes First, Then Conquer Rome" and "Don't Postpone Joy." Whether facing a layoff, struggling with fallout from the past, considering a career change or looking for true fulfillment outside of the office, readers of Start Where You Are will be empowered with the tools they need to follow Chris Gardner's inspiring, encouraging lead and undertake their own personal pursuit of happyness. Upbeat and uplifting, the book puts forth a clear-cut plan anyone can use to transform vague hopes into concrete realities.

Praise for Start Where You Are

"A book that teaches you how to transform the impossible into the possible." - Sidney Poitier

"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." - Quincy Jones

"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." - Bookpage

"When we read Chris Gardner's book and saw the movie, 'The Pursuit of Happyness', with Will Smith, we should have known that he could do it again - to come from homelessness, a single, struggling father, to becoming a millionaire on Wall Street is no small feat. Now, with his new book, Start Where You Are, he is encouraging us all to start where we are and to dare to make our lives bigger and stronger, more satisfactory, and better. Chris Gardner is a knockout!" - Maya Angelou

The Pursuit of Happyness

Persuit of Happyness

By Chris Gardner with Quincy Troupe

Amistad/HarperCollins; 320 pages; $25.95 Hardcover

ISBN-10: 0060744863
ISBN-13: 978-0060744861

In his stirring autobiography Chris Gardner details his journey from homeless single father to self-made millionaire. It is the gripping story of his refusal to give up on his quest for the American dream and his duties to his toddler son, or give into the despair that threatened to devour him from birth.

The Pursuit of Happyness is an inspirational, coming-of-age memoir that bears the message that a hunger for learning, hard work, and never giving up on the people who make you truly "wealthy," can break destructive cycles and propel anyone to unlimited heights - no matter who they are, where they come from, or what their circumstances may be.

Read excerpts from The Pursuit of Happyness on the HarperCollins website.

Praise for The Pursuit of Happyness

"The Pursuit of Happyness is an inspiring story of how an incredibly determined man made it to the big-time boardroom, and stayed there. It serves as a tremendous lesson in tenacity. It's a great story." - Donald Trump

"The Cavalry Ain't Coming. You've Got To do This Yourself."

"Do something that you love. Whatever you're going to do is going to be tough enough. Find something that gets you so excited that the sun can't come up early enough in the morning because you want to go do your thing."

"There is no plan B for passion"

"It's ok to FAIL it's not ok to Quit"

"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."

"Don't ever let someone tell you you can't do something. Not even me."

"The American Dream, you can do or be anything you want to do or be."

"Find your button, What is that thing that turns you on so much that the sun can't come up soon enough in the morning because you want to go do your thing?"

"Is the glass half-full or is the glass half-empty?" The answer is simple: the glass is half-full, so let's roll with what we've got. The other half isn't yours anyway, so don't worry about it!

"I drove here, so if I drove here, then I can drive out of here!"

"It's good to have hope, but you also better have a plan."