Chris Gardner: [after playing basketball] Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?
Christopher: All right.
Chris Gardner: You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.
The above exchange is from the great movie, “Pursuit of Happyness,” starring Will Smith and his son Jayden. Chris Gardner was dealt a bad hand by life. He invested in a medical business opportunity that fell flat. His girlfriend left him and their son. Then he and his son became homeless.
Few people would have looked at Chris during that time and say, “Now there’s a winner!”
But Chris had tenacity. He just wouldn’t give up. After watching a businessman exit a flaming red Ferrari sportscar, he asked about the man’s profession.
“Stockbroker,” He replied.
And for Chris Gardner, a dream was born.
He then applied to an internship program at San Francisco-based brokerage firm Dean Witter and, from then on, worked at breakneck speed towards success. He became a stockbroker and eventually founded his own brokerage firm Gardner Rich & Co in 1987, which he sold in a multi-million dollar deal in 2006.
As Chris says, “You can be down and out, but only as down as you let yourself be.”
At Money & Clarity, we show our clients how they also can achieve their financial dreams. And challenging times allows us to work together and rise above it all. We’d love to design the best financial plan for you.
Call us today at 513-563-PLAN (7526) or book online to schedule your free portfolio analysis, and let’s work together to make it happen.
Nikki Earley, CFP® & Dan Cuprill, CFP®
P.S. Tomorrow I’ll share some of the best tips I’ve read from those who survived the Great Depression. They’re good ones. You won’t want to miss it.
P.P.S. To learn the steps you can take to protect and even capitalize on recent investment volatility in light of COVID-19, check out my webinar.