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 Gardner

2 Discussions on
“Chris Gardner: The Calvary Ain’t Coming”
  • Fierce! Not too many people can say that they have struggled the way this man has, and he’s gone further with his life and career than many who started with more! And to boot, his relationship with his son was the most important thing he ever accomplished!

  • @ Giacomo thanks for stopping by. The father and son relationship is what i think save his life. In spite of his struggle and set backs his son appeared to be the only thing constant in his life that gave him a since of purpose and a reason to make every step in life count.

    “Fierce” good word!

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