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“Gardner is encouraging us all to start where we are and dare to make our lives bigger and stronger, more satisfactory, and better. Chris Gardner is a knockout!”—Maya Angelou  Chris Gardner’s astonishing memoir—the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, The Pursuit of Happyness, which inspired the film of the same name starring Will Smith—served as a shining beacon of hope“Gardner is encouraging us all to start where we are and dare to make our lives bigger and stronger, more satisfactory, and better. Chris Gardner is a knockout!”—Maya Angelou  Chris Gardner’s astonishing memoir—the phenomenal New York Times bestseller, The Pursuit of Happyness, which inspired the film of the same name starring Will Smith—served as a shining beacon of hope for countless people. In Start Where You Are, “a book that teaches you how to transform the impossible into the possible” (Sidney Poitier), Gardner offers indispensible life lessons in getting from where you are to where you want to be....

Title : Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
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ISBN : 9780061537110
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Reviews

  • Rachel
    2019-02-18 10:23

    If I were to write a book on "life lessons in getting from where you are to where you want to be", I think I would whittle it down to fewer than 44. That's right. There are 44 separate "lessons" in this book. Gardner's story (which he doesn't tell in depth here, but refers to often) is remarkable, but this book is repetitive and unfocused. The best lesson I learned was at the very beginning where he describes the "C-5 complex": clear, concise, compelling, committed, and consistent. I wish he had remembered to be concise when writing this book (with a co-author... amazing! How bad was this book before she got her hands on it???).I wonder about the truthfulness of the book. Perhaps the facts are all there, but Gardner describes the "haunting and life-transforming experience of visiting Robben Island Prison, where (Nelson) Mandela had been sent at the end of 1962 - with a life sentence - and where I was shown his prison cell." Wow! Sounds like a special tour that only some select few are able to experience, right? NO! Any yob with a few rand and an afternoon free in Cape Town, South Africa can go on that tour. I have been on that tour. Maybe I'm being too critical about this, but I feel that he was putting a spin on this, and it makes me question the rest of the book.

  • Sonya
    2019-03-04 05:13

    This was assigned reading for a Senior Capstone course in college. There were some good tips, but I think Gardner's ego and tendency to name drop are a little off-putting. If you are looking for obtaining monetary success by way of the corporate world, this book will speak to you. If you don't necessarily define success in Gardner's terms, you may find other books more helpful.

  • Lamec Mariita
    2019-03-11 05:35

    Start Where You Are, authored by Chris Gardner and co-authored by Mim E. Rivas is an inspirational, exciting, uplifting road-map to get from the place in your life where you currently are, to becoming the person you always knew you could be! This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in pursuing their personal goals and simply making your dream a reality. This book shares so many motivating stories of people who are in need of a lift in their life and through perseverance and hard work, they overcome every one of their obstacles; coming out of their hardships light-years ahead of where they ever imagined they could be. This book is proof that hard work and determination, a driving spirit and a will to overcome truly is the secret to success! In addition to personal stories that move you, the step by step guide is also woven within Gardner’s book to show you exactly how you can go from either unemployment or a job which makes you unhappy, to the amazing, successful individual you have always wanted to become!

  • Harvey
    2019-02-25 13:31

    Average. It felt like just another self-help book. If you have read self-help books before about "how to succeed", you won't find anything really new here. Each chapter has a summary at the end of it, plus another chapter by chapter summary at the end of the book. It could be shortened quite a bit.

  • Liz Stiverson
    2019-03-20 10:36

    A nice build on The Pursuit of Happyness - a detailed outline of steps to make dreams actionable, organized around 44 lessons supported with keywords and a lot of stories and analogies from Gardner's and others' lives; felt like it was trying to be a companion for the road more than a delivery mechanism for any individual aha.

  • Carey Radican
    2019-03-13 10:28

    Awesome life lessons. down to earth, but very powerful. Really makes you think about what is holding you back from your dreams. He hit rock bottom but was able to work out of it, even with a strong head wind. He tells it like it is.

  • Patricia
    2019-03-11 13:29

    This book reminded me of why I stopped reading self-help books. I found this one particularly overwhelming. Filled with great inspirational advice I will just ignore because all I want to do is keep reading books...

  • Karl Niebuhr
    2019-03-11 12:16

    I'd say this is one of the best books of its category. When you don't know where the f* to start then read this book.

  • Pgile5
    2019-03-17 12:27

    Absolutely LOVED this book, so much insight,

  • Veronica
    2019-02-25 08:22

    This book was like sitting with your favourite uncle and receiving life lessons.Insightful and truly for that person who has the guts to grab hold of their dreams.

  • Dionne
    2019-02-28 11:20

    The movie, The Pursuit of Happyness came out 10 years ago, but for some reason I had never seen it. I finally did and was blown away, what an amazing true life story.I was so inspired that I decided to check out Chris Gardner's book that the movie was based on. While looking into that I stumbled upon this book.This is literally THE best self-help/pursuing your dream career book I have ever read. Gardner is so inspirational and practical with his advice. I wrote down many quotes and plan to re-read parts and take more notes. A wonderful man with a wonderful message.

  • Juanita Pryor
    2019-03-14 06:34

    This was a book I had to read for my senior capstone class. It is a collection of life lessons from Chris Gardner, most well known for his book "The Pursuit of Happyness" (which subsequently turned into a movie starring Will Smith). The book was definitely full of some good sound advice for achieving goals, and I respect the man for what he has come through and has been able to achieve. The only down-side for me was in the concluding chapters when Gardner started discussing spirituality. Like many other Hollywood types, Gardner has laid aside his strict Biblical beliefs to embrace the validity of all religions. I understand the need to respect others' belief systems, but in order to make himself seem more likable, he goes beyond respecting, to embracing, and in effect, tells people, "whatever works for you is good." Anytime I see stars do that with their faith, it automatically makes me not like them!

  • Rick Mccray
    2019-03-14 11:39

    I loved this book. To me it is a "life resource" that I will go back to constantly to remind myself how my life experiences and current network can empower me to expand and grow in my journey. I don't think of this as some unrealistic, self-help book. Instead, Chris Gardner points out that you are where you are in life mostly due to the choices you have made up to this point. If you don't like the direction you are heading in, then change the direction you are going. He asks you to explore your past, no matter how painful, and seek understanding for why you made certain choices or surrounded yourself with certain people during your journey.I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially someone who wants to be in a better place than where they are right now.

  • JP
    2019-03-20 09:14

    Gardner's sequel to The Pursuit of Happyness is less biography and more a collection of top life lessons and best practices. They are all relevant and, to varying degrees, inspiring. Personally, I found it hard to take in so many concepts - 44 of them. It may read better as a daily motivational. Regardless, the lessons are useful, and I always respect a writer who has learned them directly rather than only sharing the life experience of others (even if one of my favorite concepts in the book is to borrow from the examples of the resourceful people around you). Another highlight is his advice about creating a personal balance sheet, inclusive of the intangible skills and relationships.

  • Alison
    2019-03-16 05:35

    Just finished this book. It is incredible how far Chris Gardner has come from where he started. Learning from and using your past experience to see where you can go is a different thought process. I intend to utilize Chris's ideas and create my own Start Where You Are notebook to see where I have been and where I am going. I know this will allow me to move forward both in my personal and business lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to discover more about themselves and how they react to the world around them.

  • Jeremy
    2019-03-06 07:23

    Pursuing you own happiness starts with you, no one else can create your level of happiness. In this book, Chris Gardner, author of The Pursuit of Happyness, brings beneficial life lessons that motivate the reader to focus on goals and achieve success by starting from now. With all the zeal of a motivational speaker and the wisdom of a seasoned leader, Gardner unlocks the reality of starting your journey now, rather than later. With real world anecdotes and life lessons, the book paints a great picture of what it takes to become successful.

  • susieqlaw
    2019-03-05 12:09

    I really love this book. First, I listened to it on audio. Then, I downloaded a copy. If you have ever worked in the corporate world, this book will definitely help you. Even if you are just starting out, this book is a gem. Why? Well, life is not all about work accomplishments. Mr. Gardner's advice definitely his advice can help you achieve your career goals. However, he also talks about balancing work, family, and interpersonal relationships. Does his name sound familiar??? Perhaps, you have seen the movie, "Pursuit of Happyness".

  • Monica
    2019-03-10 13:35

    Tiene una que otro consejo bueno pero en general las lecciones y sus palabras claves con sus ejemplos no van de la mano.Creo que trató de abarcar muchas cosas e hizo una mezcla de todo que terminó en un libro regularmente digerible. Mi opinión también está sesgada porque no me gustan este tipo de libros.Quisiera comunicarme con la casa editorial porque el libro tiene muchos errores ortográficos.

  • Anilia
    2019-03-03 08:20

    I really tried to like this book. But about halfway through I lost steam. Between the author constantly referring to his mother (which I know was a very important person in his life... but after a while my eyes glazed over), telling the reader that "everything you need is already in you" over and over again, I just lost interest and put it down. And every time I tried to start again, I kept losing interest.

  • Michael
    2019-03-05 06:14

    One of the most influential men of our time, Chris Gardner provides readers with an infrastructure for success through real life issues. "Start Where You Are" aims to give readers the motivation and drive to not settle and move FORWARD. No matter your life situation, this book encourages you to start with your present position in order to build a better future. A very well written book by a seasoned leader, motivational speaker and philanthropist, "Start Where You Are" is a must read.

  • Portia Taylor Daniels
    2019-03-06 08:10

    If you loved Chris Gardner's autobiograpy, The Pursuit of Happyness, whether in book form or on the big screen; you will appreciate his candid report of some of the life lessons that he learned during his journey. His wit, commonsense, and heart-felt lessons made me laugh, think, and bring about resolve...a must read, or hear. I purchased the hardcopy and placed it on my self-help shelf for future well as using some of his quotes as my Facebook

  • Recardo
    2019-02-27 08:11

    Very inspirational book. This book is written by a man that uses experience as his story to inspire others. It has so much of a value when you can feel the writers pain embedded into a book like this one.I recommend this book to anyone that still seeking there way. The title is self explanatory. "Start where you are"

  • Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
    2019-02-22 09:24

    In your library of Resources, value all experiences. ~ Chris GardnerWritten by the man who inspired the movie, "In Pursuit of Happyness".Once homeless, a man who made a decision the reach for the stars, despite his circumstances. Be inspired by his life and business lessons and reach your own true Happyness.

  • Kat
    2019-03-17 13:22

    This book was pretty good. It was a little too self help at times. The book jacket made me expect it to be a breakaway from the usual self help genre but that's all it was. Basic philosophies using Gardner's and other people's personal experiences. I wouldn't say it was a disappointment but it wasn't as helpful as I hoped

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-02-20 09:19

    I love Chris Gardner in anything I have read about him or watched with him in interviews..I think the guy is dead on and real in what he says. That being said, I expected more out of this book. He had some awesome points and I really teetered between 3 and 4 stars with it, but ended up with 3 stars because I expected more from his works.

  • Brendan
    2019-03-20 09:32

    If you're like me, you know you're working toward excellence but keep going back to asking yourself "where do I start" this is an invaluable resource. Start where you Are helped me to frame where I'm heading, how to get there, and relieved some of the anxiety of the journey. It's tough. And it's supposed to be. But not impossible.

  • Anthony
    2019-02-24 06:10

    This author is the man the Pursuit of Happyness is written about. Solid inspirational book, nothing over the top that made me say wow. His story is impressive in the movie and the book is similar with his life attitude.

  • Cindy Kang
    2019-03-13 12:35

    This was inspirational, especially for me at this moment in my life when things are changing. He has a very positive proactive attitude about so many things here. He really shows a strength of character that I can only hope to emulate.

  • Jonny Andrews
    2019-03-19 08:22

    Saw the film Pursuit of happyness with Will Smith. V inspiring! Saw Chris Gardner at a Utility Warehouse Seminar, and had to buy the book. Chris has a very good positive slant at life; interesting reading the life lessons he has learnt. A worthwhile book to read

  • Jon
    2019-03-10 05:16

    I listened to the CD version during my commute and it helped me be more positive and inspired. He is not just talking. He went from homeless single parent to a very weatlhy man. I was glad to pick up some good ideas from Start Where You Are.