• Start Where You Are

  • By: Chris Gardner
  • Narrated by: Andre Blake
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (200 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Chris Gardner returns with a fantastic inspirational self-help book that hopes to provide direction in a time of great uncertainty.

If you've been dealing with the loss of a job or home, or have had a health or financial crisis, Start Where You Are abounds with lessons that offer hope and provide a road map for starting anew. This is also the ideal book for anyone ready to launch a personal or professional undertaking, or someone who simply wants to break through the cycles and thinking that have limited his or her potential in the past.

©2009 Chris Gardner (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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Baby Steps Count!

This book is inspiring and motivating. My wife purchased that book for me. You see, I have been kind of sitting on the sidelines waiting for a push to start a business of my own. I have thought that I was going to be laid off and was just waiting for that to happen so that I would go do my own thing. I will have to say that learning ALL the adversities that Chris had to overcome and learning the different Life Lesson illustrated in the book and how to apply them to your own life is what make this audio book "credit worthy" to me.

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Means what it says, says what it means.

Where does Start Where You Are rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

An excellent book- well organized into bite sized pieces, easy to digest, recall, and remember. A self-help book that tells it like it is with bits of wisdom we all may have heard, but NEED to hear once again in a clear and concise package.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Start Where You Are?

Chris meets Nelson Mandela. There were also some chapters that specifically addressed issues that I find myself needing to hear, especially- "the cavalry isn't coming" and a reminder that we are responsible for our own "Happyness".

What about Andre Blake’s performance did you like?

Slow, considered, with the right touch of feeling, but no drama where not required. It is apparent he considered the voice of the writer, along with a solid understanding of the content and the lessons it was mean to impart. A very difficult performance I am sure, stepping into Chris Gardner's shoes, however very well done by Mr. Blake.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Chris recalls the "best day of his life" when his daughter J. graduates, at the same time he becomes a Grandfather. He makes it personal and emotional when he explains how he got where he was, and he will "start again" where he is on a new phase of his life. This helps the lessons sink in- it is impossible not to trust Chris' advice considering his tremendous life experience and his own experience helping others personally get "unstuck" and get moving in their pursuits of Happyness.

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I would recommend "Start Where You Are" to anyone at a crossroads in life, needing a slight kick in the pants or a little help being pointed in the right direction, or a little help getting your "Mojo" back. Chris Garner imparts the advice we all need from our wise, successful uncle- the one we don't have.

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Great Book for Entrepreneurs

This is simply a great book for entrepreneurs and those in need of hope.
It inspired me greatly at a very pivotal moment in my life. I recommend this
book to any young man in America and around the world with a dream.
It is not just one of those many inspirational books but a practical guide to making it in life.

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Very inspirational man

As I listen to this audiobook for the umpteenth time I can't help but be amazed at all the little tidbits of inspiration in nearly every chapter. Now I'm a big Chris Gardner fan, and I can't wait til his next book (if he has another one in him).

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Absolutely Amazing

I truly enjoyed this book and received many nuggets to launch my goals from. Chris Gardner is amazing.. 🙏🏽 Respect

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i love it ❤

it is amazing. from nothing to a great success. it really shows the true meaning hard work really works. Gotta give some credit to the narrator too he did a great job

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Absolutely Awesome!!

Each chapter could easily be a daily or weekly motivational speech! Great book, great applicable tools, loved it!

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How to Proser in Good Times and in Bad Times

Tis book has helped me tremendously. Chris Gardner’s story is as American as apple pie. This book is like a tool kit in how to handle life’s enviable challenges. Whenever I feel stuck I always say: Start Where You Are!!

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LIFE IN MOTION

Thank you for investing your time in all of us. You shared intimate details of your life journey & I was given permission to reveal my own. You gave me additional courage to continue. Each lesson is a diamond in this journey of life. I have put a picture of you on my vision board so that I can meet you and personally thank you.

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In the pursuit of happyness

wish I'd known sooner of. this. it's fantastic, and phenomenal. can hardly wait to go back , and do it again!

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  • Scott
  • 04-06-20

Continues the journey perfectly

If you have read the pursuit of happiness. I took stock in what Chris did with his life. I wonder if the thought process and attitudes it takes to persevere like that. This is for you, takes key facts terms and lessons and breaks down into tangible things you can do today

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  • J
  • 09-21-18

worth getting

it is very motivational and inspiring. I would recommend it to friends and loved ones

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  • Martin Hugh Harvey Caughey
  • 07-20-22

I will tell everyone about these true messages

Please hang on every word! They work, and reflects well. Please also view the film "In Persuit of Happyness". You can be the observer, but don't judge!

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  • 10-13-16

Great book

As Chris mentioned is not about him, but all of us that give ourselves the permission to dream and follow our dreams. Inspiration and wisdom of a man that suffered but overcome every obstacles with a lot of passion and faith. Thank you Chris Gardner for sharing your story and give hope to all of us that are in similar situation.