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Chris Gardner: Fighting Adversity Through Determination and Love

In Self Esteem by Interconnected Lives

Chris Gardner made a promise—a promise that changed his life entirely, as he promised to be a good father to his children. He says, ‘I made up my mind as a young kid that when I had children they were going to know who their father is, and that he isn’t going anywhere.’

These were the robust words of a man who was once deprived of father’s love. They say when all else fails there’s always family, but for Chris Gardner this wasn’t really the case.

Chris Gardner only knew his dad at the age of 28. Tormented and terrorized by his ever cruel stepdad, Paul recalls days of blasphemy not just for him, but also for his mom who was majorly subjected to domestic violence. His mother was the only strength and comfort for him.

Facing a very harsh journey from infancy to childhood, Christopher’s dark days remained persistent. Raped by a man in his neighborhood, kicked out of his home by his stepdad at gunpoint on Christmas day, physically abused and tortured, this young lad’s glitches were many.

It was these gloomy days of childhood memories he frequently recalled that stirred this man to become successful, to do well in life in order to provide for his wife and dear son. His goal was quite simple; it was to be the loving and devoted father he never had.

With no degree or higher education, Chris Gardner roamed the streets of San Francisco selling medical devices for a living. Things didn’t seem to work and his financial status began to deteriorate gradually.

He couldn’t afford to pay rent and other expenses. Problems kept coming one after the other and never seemed to end.