The Pursuit of Happyness:Must Watch Movies #4
The Pursuit of Happiness is not a comfortable movie to watch. For 1 hr 48 minutes out of total 1 hour 57 minutes our hero (Chris Gardener played by Will Smith) is struggling to get through disaster after disaster falling on him. He has invested his life savings in a machine called ‘bone density scanner’ which turns out to be practically unsaleable. His wife leaves him. He is falling back on his rent payment. As he goes about trying to sell the bone density scanner he keeps accumulating parking tickets. He is arrested for not paying the parking ticket fine on the eve of his job interview for a brokerage firm, trying to get which he undergoes a series of more disasters. He n his son (Played by his real life son Jaden Smith) are rendered homeless. Yet he never cribs or complains nor blames anyone for his circumstances. His perseverance & patience finally pays off & he becomes a successful broker. To me that is the most is the most important lesson from the movie. Be patient, don’t lose hope no matter what, don’t complain & don’t blame others or circumstances.
In the movie Chris often plays around with Rubik’s Cube. I believe Rubik cube is an interesting metaphor for life. Rubik cube has many sides & you juggle to get all the sides in order (you are supposed to get the same color on each side…one side red, one side blue n so on). Life also has many sides. As we try to achieve a work life balance we keep juggling around. Just when we get one thing in order the other one goes topsy turvy. It’s quite difficult to solve a Rubik cube. In fact very few people are able to.In the movie Will Smith gets his Rubik cube right. This shows his commitment n patience to stay with a problem n not give up till he is successful.
The story is based on the life of Chris Gardener who went through almost same circumstances & went from being homeless to a multi billionaire. Chris Gardener has written two books ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ & ‘Start where you are’ in which he shares his life story & life lessons.
Movie Trailer & Favorite Scenes:
Chris: Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. Alright?
Son: All right.
Chris: You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it.
Chris: It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?
Memorable Quotes from (the Real) Chris Gardener:
I asked the guy two questions. One was, ‘What do you do?’ The second was, ‘How do you do that?
I was homeless, but I wasn’t hopeless. I knew a better day was coming.
It’s not just my story. It’s the story of a lot of people who grew up and took a lot of crap – and decided, ‘I’m going the other way.’
Find something that you love. Something that gets you so excited you can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning. Forget about money. Be happy.
The money thing will come. I know so many people who have so much more money than I. They are miserable. It is so important to be happy.
You have to be committed, and you have to find something that you are passionate about. And forget about money. I’ve learned that money is the least significant aspect of wealth.
No matter how much money is involved or no matter how easy it is for you to do, if you’re not happy, you are nothing more than a slave to your talent and money. Do something that makes you happy and makes you feel good about yourself. Do something that makes you feel your work is significant and meaningful. If you just want to make money, that’s a whole different trip. I can’t help you with that.
Baby steps count, as long as you are going forward. You add them all up, and one day you look back and you’ll be surprised at where you might get to.
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