Start Where You are : Life Lessons in Getting from Where You are to Where You Want to be, Paperback

Start Where You are : Life Lessons in Getting from Where You are to Where You Want to be Paperback

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Ever since the story of his transformation from homeless, single father to millionaire became known the world over, Chris Gardner - whose life story both inspired the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" and became a number 1 "New York Times" bestseller by the same name - has been inundated with two questions: 'How did you do it?' and 'How can I do it too?'.

Gardner's power-packed, transformational reply is the basis of this long anticipated book.

If you've had the rug pulled out from under you, or have been dealing with the loss of a home or a job, a financial crisis, or simply can't find the motivation to pursue new challenges, "Start Where You Are" abounds with life lessons that offer hope and provide a road map for starting anew.

Accessible and inspirational, this is also the book for anyone ready to launch a personal or professional undertaking, or break generational cycles that hem in their potential.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9780061537127



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Hmmmm, not bad but could have been alot better . . .For me, it wasn't one of those can't put down reads. That's for sure! I was looking to acquire a bit more in the writing material - from this particular author. Guess, that's what happens when one achieve its stardom from the start - of their authorship. However, if your expections are not mine, consider reading the book. Its material was designed to be one of those self-help models. Personally, I've read better ones; and they did keep my interest throughout.

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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.