Today’s story is about the founder and CEO of Christopher Gardner international holdings, Chris Gardner. A lot of people know his life story from the Hollywood blockbuster – The Pursuit of Happyness but have no idea who he is.
Growing up, Chris had a difficult and troubled childhood. At a young age, his parents separated and his mother remarried. His stepfather made life difficult for him and his family. He physically abused his mum and siblings constantly and he was always on the wrong side of the law. Because of this, Chris mother was falsely convicted twice. Having no one to care for them, him and his siblings had to move into a foster home at 8 years old. Chris struggled.
As an adult, he got married but afterwards the married failed. He became a medical equipment salesman but failed miserably at it, his girlfriend at the time deserted him because of the state of his finances. He became homeless with his son and had to spend nights in different motels, parks, airports and one time, a public toilet. Like it showed in The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris toiled endlessly at a brokerage firm in the daytime and stood in long queues at homeless shelters, so him and his son could have a roof over their heads.
Finally, in 1982, Chris passed the licensing exam and became a full-time employee of Dean Witter, a brokerage firm. 5 years later in 1987, he established his own brokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Co. where he owns 75% of the stock. His firm today has offices in New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Chris story is one of Perseverance. It teaches us that giving up should never be an option.
“Don’t quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can’t see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It’s the one that makes the sweetest sound.” – Simon Sinek
Today’s post is about 24-year old Dr. Adedunmola Oluwo.
Dedun moved to Debrecen, Hungary at the age of 17 to pursue a medical degree, one year after school she started her first business, Hair by Dedun which catered to every hair texture there is, that same year she also started DedunCooks, a Nigerian food catering business as she quickly realized the opportunity which stood before her. The university had quite a few students from her home country with nowhere around that catered to their food needs. Two years after, while still running both businesses successfully, Dedun started up another outfit called Dedun’s Cakes, a cake and pastry company also solely run by her. And in 2016, she started Belle Artistry by Dedun, a makeup and beauty business. All four businesses run with no help whatsoever while still managing to go through medical school without any failure. These helped her gain utmost financial independence from her retired single mother back home in Nigeria.
Her determination finally paid off when she successfully sponsored herself to Rome Business School to study M.Sc. Health Management. She says she shares her story to inspire others, it doesn’t matter what your situation is, you can always challenge yourself to achieve great things whether you are a 17-year-old like she was or older. She is also a motivational speaker and writer; she aims to use her voice to develop the drive in the millennial generation as well as the younger ones to achieving the unachievable by harnessing your immediate environment. Dedun runs an inspirational blog called “Dr. Dedun – The Doctorpreneur” and a YouTube Channel.
Dedun’s story is one that should encourage people to challenge themselves, more.
“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will” – Vince Lombardi
Road to rosy was inspired by inspiration. Each and every day we come across people with exceptional stories we are unaware of. Everyday people like you and I change the world in little ways, from being resilient through struggling on the streets homeless for years and making something out of such an unfortunate situation, to finding the strength to leave a marriage that brought nothing but pain and anguish, the truth is, everyone is fighting a battle somehow, some may be easy to go through but others may be more challenging.
My blog is going to be the bridge through which people can share their stories and in some way bring a ray of hope to someone somewhere who may be at their breaking point. We all need inspiration at some point in our lives to help us get through these challenges or just push us through to meet our full potential. I hope this blog takes whoever needs it from a place ofdespairto a pathway tooptimism.
“Today I choose life, every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… to feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it”. –Kevyn Aucoin
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”. –Joshua 1:9