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45 Inspirational Chris Gardner Quotes On Success

Last Updated May 2023

45 Inspirational Chris Gardner Quotes On Success

Chris Gardner is an American businessman, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher Gardner Jr. Gardner’s book of memoirs, The Pursuit of Happyness, was published in May 2006. The 2006 motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness, directed by Gabriele Muccino and starring Will Smith is based on the book. He was CEO of his own stock brokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Co, which he founded in 1987, based in Chicago, Illinois until he sold his share in 2006 to found Christopher Gardner International Holdings. Then in 2012, just before his wife’s death, she challenged him to find true happiness and fulfillment in the remainder of his life. He now travels all over the world 200 days a year as a motivational speaker. Gardner has spoken in over 50 countries. May his quotes inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “I was homeless but I wasn’t hopeless. I knew a better day was coming.” Chris Gardner

2. “Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me.” Chris Gardner

3. “You got a dream you got to protect it.” Chris Gardner

4. “People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it.” Chris Gardner

5. “The secret to success: find something you love to do so much, you can’t wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again.” Chris Gardner

6. “The world is your oyster. It’s up to you to find the pearls.” Chris Gardner

7. “It can be done but you have to make it happen.” Chris Gardner

8. “If you believe you can do it, you will.” Chris Gardner

9. “Do something that makes you happy and makes you feel good about yourself.” Chris Gardner

10. “You want something, go get it. Period.” Chris Gardner

11. “There is no plan B for passion.” Chris Gardner

12. “Baby steps count, as long as you are going forward. You add them all up, and one day you look back and you’ll be surprised.” Chris Gardner

13. Start where you are.” Chris Gardner

14. “It’s okay to fail; it’s not okay to quit.” Chris Gardner

15. “Others may question your credentials, your papers, your degrees. Others may look for all kinds of ways to diminish your worth. But what is inside you no one can take from you or tarnish.” Chris Gardner

16. “Claim ownership of your dreams.” Chris Gardner

17. “If you don’t take the necessary steps to make them happen, dreams are just mirages that mess with your head.” Chris Gardner

18. “I am strong because I’ve been weak. I am fearless because I’ve been afraid. I am wise because I’ve been foolish.” Chris Gardner

19. “Walk the walk and go forward all the time.” Chris Gardner

20. “You can only depend on yourself. The cavalry ain’t coming.” Chris Gardner

21. “You have to be bold.” Chris Gardner

22. “Every finish line is the beginning of a new race.” Chris Gardner

23. “The most inspiring leaders are not those who do their job but those who pursue a calling.” Chris Gardner

24. “I hold one thing dearer than all else: my commitment to my son” Chris Gardner

25. “Ready or not, tell yourself to jump.” Chris Gardner

26. “Strong people stand up for themselves, the strongest people stand up for others.” Chris Gardner

27. “This part of my life, this little part is called happiness.” Chris Gardner

28. “Do something that you love.” Chris Gardner

29. “The future was uncertain, absolutely, and there were many hurdles, twists, and turns to come, but as long as I kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other, the voices of fear and shame, the messages from those who wanted me to believe that I wasn’t good enough, would be stilled.” Chris Gardner

30. “Your struggle is not an excuse, it’s your ammunition.” Chris Gardner

31. “Always, always pursue happiness.” Chris Gardner

32. “One of the things young people always ask me about is what is the secret to success. The secret is there is no secret. It’s the basics. Blocking and tackling.” Chris Gardner

33. “(The movie) is the story of my life, but it’s not about me. It’s about anybody who ever dreamed big and had someone tell them, ‘No, you can’t do it.’ You can.” Chris Gardner

34. “You know how mountains get moved? Everyone who can move a couple, move a couple. Those who can move rocks, move rocks. Those who can move boulders, move boulders. That’s how mountains get moved. If every one of us did everything we could, I believe we would be in a different world.” Chris Gardner

35. “Make your vision larger than yourself.” Chris Gardner

36. “Then again, what seems like nothing in the eyes of the world, when properly valued and put to use, can be among the greatest riches.” Chris Gardner

37. “The balance in your life is more important than the balance in your checking account.” Chris Gardner

38. “Without that sense of self, no amount of paper, no pedigree, and no credentials can make you legit. No matter what, you have to feel legit inside first.” Chris Gardner

39. “As busy as I am wherever I am, I try to get out and walk the streets, to remember how far I’ve come and appreciate every baby step of the way.” Chris Gardner

40. “It’s your responsibility to pursue what matters.” Chris Gardner

41. “Still a dreamer, yet more of a realist than ever before, I knew this was my time to sail. On the horizon I saw the shining future, as before. The difference now was that I felt the wind at my back. I was ready.” Chris Gardner

42. “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 a reality. My mom taught me from a very early age that I could do anything I wanted to do.” Chris Gardner

43. “Do something that makes you feel your work is significant and meaningful. ” Chris Gardner

44. “No matter how much money is involved or no matter how easy it is for you to do, if you’re not happy, you are nothing more than a slave to your talent and money.” Chris Gardner

45. “Wealth can also be that attitude of gratitude with which we remind ourselves every day to count our blessings.” Chris Gardner

My name is Asad Meah, I am the CEO & Founder of AwakenTheGreatnessWithin. I am a dreamchaser who has gained a wealth of knowledge in entrepreneurship and personal development over the past five years through self-education. My mission is to inspire millions of people to become entrepreneurs by awakening their minds to their greatness that resides within them.

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