If Elon Musk had been born in difficult circumstances and wrote an autobiography it would read like this. I can only assume Chris Gardner has done all of the things he claims he did. Honestly, I stopped halfway through the book. I saw the movie.
This book was made into a movie. As is usually the case, I wish I had read the book first. This is a good "read" - well worth the time!
What an amazing individual, the movie was quit tame compared to what really took place in this man's life. Well worth the listen a real feel good story.
I really liked the story, because it defeated the attitude of " I never had a chance, so I amounted to nothing ". This book showed that you can rise above the challenges with willpower and vision. The part that touched me most is when he describes how he survives his year of being a homeless, working, single father. And ,yes, the language may be considered vulgar by some, but to someone who is less sensitive I would say it is the language of the real world out there and therefore I was not offended. It just made the book more real to me. I would recommend the book.
I could not finish this book due to the extremely vulgar language and situations that were on the first 2 discs. I believe the author could have been just as effective with this story without all the crude language. I'm sure this is a great story but I was totally turned off by the terrible language so I will never know!!! I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS TITLE.
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.