Chris Gardner

We share with you a post published in ‘Entrepreneur’ in which you can learn more about our speaker Chris Gardner. 


“In his twenties, and half-way through his years-long medical training, Christopher Paul Gardner was advised to rethink “that whole idea of becoming a doctor.” Ever since then, Gardner has been considering more lucrative career options. Today, however, he finds himself as the CEO of Happyness- in legal terms, that translates into “the founder and CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings.” Reflecting on that piece of advice he received all those years ago, and why he followed it several times in the decades that ensued, Gardner says, “I don’t believe that it is necessary to let go of the dream, but you might have to use different tactics. You also have to always be mindful of, ‘Is this what I want to do?’ Because only by doing something that you want to do, will you put your heart and soul into it. That’s what works for me.”


I had been worried that Gardner would be too tired for this interview- it had been a busy day for him at the 2019 Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival. He had delivered an hour-long talk to an audience of hundreds, he had posed for photos with multiple fans during a book signing (Gardner is the author of two bestsellers, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), and Start Where You Are (2009)), and he had had to also find some time to spare for a dozen journalists, including myself. (…)”


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