Start Where You Are

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1/1/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Since Chris Gardner's remarkable transformation from homeless single father to millionaire-chronicled in his number one New York Times bestseller The Pursuit of Happyness, which inspired the movie of the same name-he has been inundated with two questions: "How did you do it?" and "How can I do it too?"

Author Biography

Chris Gardner is the chief executive officer of Gardner Rich Company, a multimillion-dollar brokerage with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. An avid philanthropist and motivational speaker, Gardner is a recipient of the Father of the Year Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative. He has two children and resides in Chicago and New York. Mim Eichler Rivas is the author of the acclaimed Beautiful Jim Key, as well as the coauthor of more than eighteen books, including The Pursuit of Happyness and Finding Fish with Antwone Fisher.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. xiii
Overture-C'mon Inp. 1
Start Where You Arep. 9
Universal Lessons for Pursuit
Without a Plan, a Dream Is Just a Dream (the C-5 Complex)p. 14
We All Have the Power of Choicep. 24
The Cavalry Ain't Comingp. 30
Start with What You've Got in Your Handp. 37
Baby Steps Count, Too, as Long as You Go Forwardp. 41
Stop Digging Your Potatoesp. 46
What Would the Champ Do?p. 52
Say "Peace Be Still"p. 56
Even Lewis and Clark Had a Mapp. 62
Find Your Buttonp. 69
The Thorny and Golden Pastp. 75
Personal Lessons Drawn from the Past
Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Yesterday?p. 82
In Your Library of Resources, Value All Experiencep. 88
Draw the Line of Your Lifep. 95
Whose Child Are You?p. 100
Check Out Your Own Version of Genesisp. 104
Who's Who in Your 'Hood?p. 107
The Red or the Yellow Bike?p. 112
Sometimes You Gotta Give Up Christmasp. 116
No Test, No Testimonyp. 120
Hitting the Anvilp. 127
Marketplace Lessons for Success
The Law of Hard Work Is No Secretp. 134
Core Strengths Forged on Your Anvilp. 142
Wizards Begin as Blacksmithsp. 148
Are You Bold Enough to Go Back to Basics?p. 155
Supply and Demand Ain't Rocket Sciencep. 164
Truth Is a Hitp. 170
Learn the Ropes First, Then Conquer Romep. 175
Who's Who at the Office and in Your Spheres of Influence?p. 180
It Takes as Much Energy to Bag an Elephant as It Does a Mousep. 186
Share the Wealthp. 190
Your Empowerment Zonep. 195
Life-Changing Lessons for Mastery
Seek the Farthest Starp. 201
Seeing Ghosts, Reading Signsp. 206
Opportunities, Like Pancakes, Are Best Served Hot, but Sometimes You Gotta Set the Table Before You Can Eatp. 212
Stay Open, but Don't Wing Itp. 216
Mo' Money, Mo' Options, Mo' Problemsp. 223
Money Is the Least Significant Component of Wealthp. 229
Conscious Capitalism: A Personal and Global Primerp. 234
Make Your Dream Bigger Than Yourselfp. 238
Spiritual Geneticsp. 243
Spiritual Lessons for Connecting to Your Higher Power
Embrace the Best of Your Spiritual Geneticsp. 247
Breaking Generational Cyclesp. 253
Your Divine Inheritancep. 259
God's in the Detailsp. 263
Passing the Torch, Raising the Barp. 268
The Good Old Everydayp. 275
Ordinary Lessons for Happyness
Don't Postpone Joyp. 277
Claim Ownership of Your Dreamsp. 282
Finale / Takeaways: Get 'Em and Gop. 287
Creating Your Own Start Where You Are Notebookp. 299
Acknowledgmentsp. 311
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