NYT Bestselling Author Chris Gardner Shares Blueprint for Building a Masterpiece Life | Jun 3

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In the spirit of The Last Lecture, The Secret, and The Alchemist, this small book presents BIG ideas for turning your “one day” into today, including the generational transfer of a dream and a powerful blueprint for a masterpiece life—from the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir and major motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness.

On a winter’s day, Chris Gardner set off with his nine-year-old granddaughter Brooke to find the harmonica of her dreams. The search sends them North “beyond the wall” into a foreboding Chicago neighborhood and, soon, on a harrowing adventure that will change both of their lives—and ours.

Chris is still mourning the loss of his girlfriend to brain cancer. Her question haunts him: “Now that we know how short life can be, what will you do with the time you have left?” After five years, he feels an urgency—what he calls, “Atomic Time” in which every second counts—to find an answer, but is stuck. Even while giving Brooke permission to aspire to one day become President of the United States, he knows it’s time to reclaim his own permission to dream.

Lost, Chris and his granddaughter board a bus, reminding him of earlier rides through dark times when dreams of a better life kept him alive. As the two wind through a changing cityscape, Chris reflects on past lessons that offer powerful guidance for dreaming your way to monumental success.

At its heart, this book lays out a blueprint for building a dream-come-true life—even during uncertainty. Gardner delivers the secrets to achieving a prosperous career—from a method for identifying your ultimate dream to a playbook for becoming world class at it.  His tools include the “new 3 R’s”—or the Rep, the Rap and the Rolodex—which reveal how to earn a stellar reputation, develop a rap for marketing yourself, and amass a Rolodex of rewarding relationships. No matter how much wealth you achieve, Chris notes, true success comes from enriching the lives of others—so all can still have access to the American Dream.

Toward the end, Brooke observes that in Atomic Time it’s never too late for anyone to reinvent themselves and change their fortune. Chris, hearing her, realizes what his next pursuit will be—to go back to high school and give permission to dream to the next generation of problem solvers and change makers.

A true fable, Permission to Dream is a timeless and timely manifesto for turning dreams into action—beginning right now.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m Chris Gardner. I’m an Entrepreneur, Single Parent and the Author of the ‘Pursuit of Happyness.’

I’ve recently taken my newest position and the last job I will ever have in my LIFE! I am the CEO of Happyness and I LOVE my job…My first book, ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ became a New York Times and Washington Post #1 Bestseller that has been translated into over 40 languages including 6 dialects. Chinese, the book is currently being translated in Arabic for the first time. That book was the Story of My Life but I’ve always thought of it as the book of US, meaning everyone who had every opportunity to quit but didn’t. We all embrace the Power of Choice!

My book also inspired a film that became the critically acclaimed, iconic and perhaps is more relevant today then when it was first released. Will Smith playing me received an Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nomination for his performance. My second bestselling book “Start Where You Are” was published in May of 2009 – a year into the Global Financial Crisis – Man I’ve got the timing thing down! Ha!

Having survived and overcome all of the ‘cycles’ that frankly should have crashed me and did crash others. I found my self once again challenged in the early 1980’s when I became a working homeless Veteran with a toddler son. The two most important decisions that I ever made in my life were about to be tested to the Nth degree.

The first and most important decision that I ever made in my life was that, my children would always know who their father was. Without knowing the names, circumstances, social or social conditions I consciously chose to break every cycle that I was born into. Child abandonment, Child abuse, alcoholism, domestic violence, fear, poverty, and illiteracy. The second most important decision that I ever made in my life was that I would become WORLD CLASS as whatever I did in my life. This decision led me to a career on Wall Street. In fact 30 years in the financial services industry and wouldn’t trade a day of it for anything in the world. I’d also never go back! Ha! As Mom’s would say “Boy, you’ve got to know when to leave the party!”

A very big part of what I want to do with the rest of my life is simple; a want to help create the next ‘Chris Gardner.’ The message is equally simple; If I can do this, than you can do that.

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