The Pursuit of Happiness, the rags-to-riches story of Chris Gardner (Will Smith), a poor single father who had to provide for his son. They were so poor but Gardner stuck to his dreams and ambitions and kept working hard until he achieved his dreams.
Chris and his son were evicted from their apartment because he couldn’t pay his rent anymore. They had nowhere to go and things became even worse. At some point, he got a job as an intern at a brokerage firm but that didn’t improve his financial condition because he wasn’t paid. Despite all what he was going through, he never gave up his dreams and he never stopped moving forwards, towards his dreams. And what eventually happened? He triumphed.
“The world is an oyster. It is up to you to find the pearls”
This is an inspirational quote which means that the world is full of opportunities. It is left for you or anyone to strive to get what you want from the world because nothing good comes easy. In reality, the world is anything you make of it. Where some people see obstacles, others see opportunities.
You can always get what you want from the world but are you ready to pay the price? Of course, everybody dreams big, but being able to pay the price to get what you want separates great achievers like Chris Gardner from mere dreamers.
“When people tell you that you can’t do something, don’t accept it”
As you move on in life, you will come across those that will discourage you. The fact that they could not achieve something doesn’t mean you cannot achieve it. When they tell you that you can’t achieve something, use their words to motivate yourself to prove them wrong.
“Walk the walk and go forward all the time”
Here “walk the walk” still means you should give it all it takes to get to your destination. Keep going forward. Keep doing whatever will move you a step to your dream. A journey of a thousand miles starts with a step. So, don’t relent. Continue to move forward.
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become”
You won’t be judged by your misfortunes. Rather, you will be judged by what you make of the circumstances around you. So, your circumstances are mere excuses. Don’t let them create a mental obstacle for you.