The highly inspirational blockbuster American biographical film,produced in 2006,by Will Smith who acted the lead cast together with his son Jaden Smith was based on the truly life story of an entrepreneur Chris Gardner’s nearly one year struggle being homeless
The movie loved by a large number of a global audience was about the struggle of Christopher Gardner who was homeless for nearly a year.
About Christopher Gardner
He was born on February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Thomas Turner and Bettye Jean Gardner. His childhood was marked by poverty, domestic violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse and family illiteracy.
Christopher Gardner witnessed a very struggling childhood. His parents got separated and his stepfather was physically abusive to his mother and siblings. His mother was falsely convicted twice because of his stepfather’s allegations.When they had no one to take care of, he with his siblings had to stay in a foster home at the age of 8.
Things were not even better when he grew up! His first marriage failed due to his choice of opting out of a medical career and because he cheated on his wife. He even failed at his job as a medical equipment salesman and for his deteriorating financial condition, his girlfriend deserted him. Christopher Gardner became a homeless. He, along with his son, stayed at motels, parks, airports and once even in a public toilet.
But nothing could deter him from aiming high. He faced every odds courageously and won every battle. Gardner worked hard to become a top trainee at Dean Witter Reynolds. His perseverance paid off when, in 1982, Gardner passed his Series 7 Exam on the first try and became a full-time employee of the Dean Witter. Eventually, Gardner was recruited by Bear Stearns & Company in San Francisco. He established his own brokerage firm Gardner Rich & Co. in 1987, in which he owns 75% of the stock. He sold a small stake in Gardener Rich in 2006 in a multi-million dollar deal, and become CEO and founder of Christopher Gardner International Holdings, with offices in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
Christopher Gardner’s life was full of struggle; but he fought his destiny and his life story turned out to be an ever inspiring story. So to all entrepreneurs and individuals struggling out there, let this motivate you to keep going.
We Celebrate Christopher Gardner!