Chris Gardner’s Story – From Homeless to a Millionaire

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Chris Gardner was an ordinary guy, working as a salesman of medical supplies. Some years ago he was like most of the people in the world, struggling to earn enough for a living and take care of his kid and girlfriend. One day he saw a very well dressed man in a nice red Ferrari, trying to find a parking place in a crowded parking. Chris offered the guy his parking spot, in exchange for the answers of two simple questions – “What do you do for a living, and how?”. The Ferrari guy delightfully said that he was just a stockbroker, trading stocks for his clients. He was earning around 70 thousand dollars per month, a lot more than Gardner’s annual income.



Without wasting more time, Chris started looking for a brokerage company that would like to hire a man like him. As you probably guess, it was not an easy task for a guy who didn’t even have an idea of what a stock is. But he had a clear goal and he was persistent. And one day happiness smiled at him, Gardner managed to arrange the desired job and before even starting it, he quit his career of a medical supplies salesman. But there was a little surprise, when he appeared in the office for the first time, he found out that the man who hired him was fired on that day. Bad luck, Gardner was left empty handed and unemployed. But that was not all. A few days later, the police came at his home after a fight between him and his girlfriend. After checking his identity, the men of law established that Chris had unpaid parking tickets for more than a thousand dollars. They asked him to pay. But he had no job and no money, this was how Gardner was sent to jail for several days. After he was out, he found out that his girlfriend had left him. That was not really the best time of his life – he had no money, no home, no family and he had to live in a boarding house.

Chris Gardner, a pic by Angela George, on Wikimedia.org

When Gardner was looking for a brokerage firm, he had managed to arrange an interview with a manager of such a company. It was after a couple of days. This was the last chance for him. He had to persuade the manager to hire him. Having no clothes, he had to appear dressed in jeans and sporting shoes, which wouldn’t help much. May be luck was on his side at that time, or he just was very persuasive, but he got the job.



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