One of BWTV favorite inspirational stories. Will Smith starred in this moving tale inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his 5-year-old.
He is CEO of his own stockbrokerage firm, Gardner & Rich Co, based in Chicago. Gardner's personal struggle of establishing himself as a stockbroker while managing fatherhood and homelessness.
It began when he encountered an impeccably-dressed man in a red Ferrari. Gardner asked the man about his career. The man told him he was a stock broker and, from that moment on, Gardner's career path was that. Gardner got his "break" when he was accepted into a training program at E.F Hutton . He subsequently quit his sales job so that he could dedicate his time exclusively to training as a stock broker. Then he appeared at the office ready to work, only to discover that his hiring manager had been fired the week before. To make matters worse, Gardner was having marital problems. His wife left and Chris took sole custody of his child ; however, the rooming house where he lived did not allow children.
While he was working , Gardner and his son secretly struggled with homelessness and saved money for a rental house in California. Meanwhile, none of Gardner's co-workers knew that he and his son were homeles for almost a year. Gardner often scrambled to place his child in daycare stood in soup lines and slept wherever he and his son could find safety—in his office after hours, staying in rooms, at parks and even in a locked bathroom.
He started his business with $10,000 and turned it into a multi-million dollar business being the CEO and founder of Christopher Gardner International Holdings.
Gardner has created opportunities for employment, donates clothing, job placemenment assistance, comprehensive job training for the homeless population and at-risk communicaties in Chicago.
Your heart will need to be awake and alert to take advantage of the growth ... Healthy wealth is not just about the money, it's about a rich life, inside and out.