Start Where You Are : Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-08
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Ever since the story of his transformation from homeless, single and struggling father to millionaire became known the world over, Chris Gardner --whose life story both inspired the movie The Pursuit of Happyness and became a #1 New York Times bestseller by the same name--has been inundated with two questions: How Did You Do It” and How Can I Do it Too?” Gardner's power-packed, transformational reply is the basis of this long-anticipated book.As a departure from standard self-help tomes that promise overnight riches and exclusive secrets for success, Gardner avoids any tilt toward magical thinking by staying with real issues and solutions impacting individuals in all walks of life. If you've had the rug pulled out from under you, or have been dealing with the loss of a home, a job, a health or financial crisis, or simply can't find the motivation to pursue new challenges, Start Where You Are abounds with life lessons that offer hope and provide a road map for starting anew. This is also the book for anyone ready to launch a personal, professional undertaking, or break generational cycles that hem in their potential.Taking stock of his own credos, including The Cavalry Ain't Coming,” Find Your Button,” and Seek the Furthest Star”-- Gardner's 44 life lessons are earthy, soulful, and always accessible. With an array of stories from the author's own life, as well as from those he has known or admired, both famous and not, Start Where You Are has arrived just in time to embolden and encourage all of us, even in our era of great global change, reminding us of the infinite resources we already have in our collective pursuit of happyness, and spurring us on in only one direction - forward!

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. xiii
Overture-C'mon Inp. 1
Start Where You Are: Universal Lessons for Pursuitp. 9
-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 Past: Personal Lessons Drawn from the Pastp. 75
-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 Anvil: Marketplace Lessons for Successp. 127
-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 Zone: Life-Changing Lessons for Masteryp. 195
-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 Genetics: Spiritual Lessons for Connecting to Your Higher Powerp. 243
-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 Everyday: Ordinary Lessons for Happynessp. 275
-Don't Postpone Joyp. 277
-Claim Ownership of Your Dreamsp. 282
Takeaways: Get 'Em and Gop. 287
Acknowledgmentsp. 299
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