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The Sad Tale Of Chris Gardner, The Man From The Pursuit of Happyness

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After watching the Will Smith film The Pursuit of Happyness, you may first find yourself sobbing. But after whipping away the tears, you may wonder about the man behind the story depicted in The Pursuit of Happyness. Because, yes, the film is based on a true story. The Pursiut of Happyness is the true story of the life of Chris Gardner, who battled homelessness while working his way up to become a stockbroker. While the whole rags-to-riches story may be the broad strokes of Chris Gardner’s life, there are many other interesting facets to his life that the two-hour film simply didn’t have time to explore. For example, Gardner faced a difficult childhood of his own, which landed him naked, wet, and freezing on one particular Christmas evening. And that's just the beginning.

Through it all, the facts of Gardner’s life truly illuminate how hard work, determination, and ambition can push you forward in this world. Yes, The Pursuit of Happyness may be one of those movies that can make even grown men cry, but the facts about Gardner’s life are endlessly interesting and motivating.

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