Chris Gardner: The Calvary Ain’t Coming
It was at a point in time, where honestly, I didn’t know whether I was going to quit, crack or cry. Some kind of way this child, this baby, picks up on it, and he stands up in the bathtub, and he says, ‘Papa, you know what? You’re a good papa.’ That was all I needed to go on. – Chris Gardner
When I look back at the journey from homelessness to prosperity, I hold one thing dearer than all else – my commitment to my son. Doing a movie with the top movie star portraying me, doing a book with an editor who’s last book won the Pulitzer Prize – all that stuff is great, but the most important thing that I will have ever done in my life was break the cycle of men who were not there for their children. – Chris Gardner
What was his unique style or personality that set him apart from everyone else?
Perseverance * Audacity * Fortitude
When my high school teacher Mrs. Mertz found out I was reading beyond my grade level, she brought me magazine articles and took me to see Handel’s Messiah. Once she found out I had a light on in my head, she turned the wattage up. Everybody who’s doing anything positive in life had a teacher who turned the wattage up and wouldn’t let them turn it down. – Chris Gardner
Though my mom had too many of her own dreams denied, deferred and destroyed, she instilled in me that I could have dreams. And not just have dreams but had a responsibility to make them reality. My mom taught me from a very early age that I could do anything I wanted to do. – Chris Gardner0