Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lessons Learned from Chris Gardner

One of the the highlights of BIG Convention 2010 was the chance to listen to and learn from Keynote Speaker Chris Gardner. Those of us who have seen the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, know how distressing it was to watch Chris and his young son go from a bad situation to a worse one, eventually becoming homeless. At one point, they had to take shelter in a restroom at night while Chris trained during the day to fulfill his dream of working in the financial industry.

It was fascinating to hear the story from Chris's perspective. In the movie, Chris Jr. is portrayed as a five-year-old boy, when in real life he was 14 months old at the time they went through these trials. That makes a big difference, doesn't it? Chris told us that the only daycare facility close by required that children be potty trained. So, Chris sat his toddler down one day to have a "little talk" about potty training.

During his presentation, it really struck us that much of Chris's focus was on his relationship with his son. As successful as he became in the world of business and finance, and as an author and motivational speaker, it was easy to see that Chris's main motivation has always been his role as a father. This role has expanded to Chris's involvement in helping children everywhere improve their life circumstances as well. Meeting Chris backstage was also a treat. He was so personable and warm. Chris was impressed with the enthusiasm of our 4Life distributors. He said that great things happen when people are that excited to learn. We truly believe that great things will happen as we take all of the great lessons we learned at BIG Convention 2010 and apply them in our lives.