It has been more than a decade since “The Pursuit Of Happyness’ was released, yet it’s still there in the back of our minds as an incredibly inspiring movie. Undoubtedly, most of us would’ve seen it, particularly those who’ve dreams to turn into reality and perhaps were persistently criticised by others.
To give you a run through, The Pursuit Of Happyness is based on the true life story of a single dad, fighting to build a better future for him and his son. Chris Garden, played by Will Smith, encounters a phase of homelessness with his son, where he tries to earn a living by selling ‘medical bone density scanners’, while also being signed up for an apprenticeship, as a stock broker.
The movie is encouraging in ways one wouldn’t have ever imagined. Not to mention, the many things that every budding entrepreneur can learn from him. So, if you’re one of these entrepreneurs, but haven’t yet seen this film – firstly we’d suggest you to watch it and then take a look at this article to learn the 5 most important things.
Things Might Turn Out To Be Worse Before Getting Better
When we say this film is a must-watch for entrepreneurs, the first question that might pop up in your head would be, “Why is it considered to be so inspirational and what is it to do with the business world?”
Well, the aspect that makes Chris’s story so encouraging is he had to go through tough times before achieving his dreams and becoming successful.
In the movie, you’d come across scenes where he has to turn to sleeping in the subway’s bathroom for a night; yet he puts in the effort to show his son that it isn’t the way it is just to ensure he’s happy. Moreover, he faces struggles to sell the scanners to earn a living, look after his son and figure out a place to reside.
Things did get worse and he had to go through some of the darkest days before seeing the sunshine, but no matter what he DID NOT GIVE UP, instead KEPT GOING!
So, this pretty much sums up the fact that in this business world, when you’ll start your own firm you’re going to experience the ups and downs. You’re business expedition is certainly going to be one hell of rollercoaster ride, but ultimately you’re bound to achieve success provided you don’t give up!
Do Not Be Scared To Aim High
From Chris’s present position of a failed salesman, taking up the job of a stockbroker might have seemed a little too much for people. After all, he was just working as an intern and yet, only one of them would be given the job.
You do not wish to have higher goals in life, do you? Well, that is completely your choice! Here, all you need to bear in mind is, aiming for lower things is relatively easier, but when your goals are higher you do get the chance to be what you can and turn your dreams into reality. Needless to say, this is the way Chris Gardner saw things in life!
Of course, the odds were piled up against him, yet he aimed for higher goals and walked on his selected path.
Here the bottom line is you must never be scared for aiming high. Things will become easier and fall in place if you’re eager to do it!
Do Not Allow Others Opinion To Overpower You
This could be seen in 2 scenes in the movie.
Firstly, Chris Gardner’s wife did not trust him. She felt the idea of joining as an intern was completely absurd and he must concentrate on getting hired for a full-time job. Here what we can understand is, because of him working as an intern is why she left. But, even this couldn’t stop him from doing and achieving what he wanted to.
Secondly, the point could be seen in the scene where his son is playing basketball, which he really loves. Chris tells him that he does not want to see him shooting hoops, before he realised that he shouldn’t have said so.
As an entrepreneur, what you need to learn from these 2 scenes is no matter what never allow others opinion to stop you from doing something you really love. Many people stopped chasing their dreams just because they did what their parents felt was right for them.
DO NOT be one of them, instead chase your dreams and show them what you are capable of!
Do Not Come Across As Weak
In the movie, if you’ll notice the way Chris meets and talks to people in the company, you wouldn’t say that he was facing issues as severe as being homeless. He always used to dress up smartly to work and talk yet be polite with everyone he met.
The most iconic scene of the movie is when he’s ready to give his $5 bills to the manager of the firm as a cab fare home. Others would’ve blatantly said no because they badly needed it, but Chris wasn’t ready to come across as weak or create a bad impression of himself by not giving it.
The bottom line is this – we all only have ONE life to do what we love and therefore we must make the most out of it. So, find the right path and start walking towards your dreams.
What is important is to keep that dream alive and have an eye on your aim. It isn’t about the missteps or failures you’re likely to face, instead it’s more about what you learn from it and how you use it to come out stronger!