In the movie Pursuit of Happiness, Will Smith plays the character of Chris who is looking for a job. This is one of my favorite movies for so many reasons. Many of them have to do with the character of Chris. In this scene, Chris is at a job interview.
The following characteristics came across during the scene that people should reflect on.
1) Persistence and Determination go a long way…..don’t ever give up. If there is something in life that you aspire for, GO FOR IT!
2) In life, we need Problem Solvers! You can learn a lot from books and lectures, but if you can’t figure things out on your own and you always need someone to hold your hand, you will have a difficult time, finding not only a job, but also success in life.
3) Humor goes a long way. If you have a good sense of humor and are willing to laugh at yourself or laugh with others, it will help you through the difficult times. Find ways to embrace humor.
4) Be humble! Many times life may serve you the short end of the stick. Sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. I’m sure you didn’t choose this route. But true character stands out when you figure out how to accept it. Be humble and know your strengths and weaknesses and move forward. Once you find those who support you….be loyal to them!
Everyone has a story……..do you know yours? Have you had a chance to share it with others?
I’m honored that I have been the voice for so many people in the Tourette Syndrome community as well as the education community. My opportunities to write the book, Front of the Class, and have it made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie was amazing. And now as I continue speaking across the country I get to share my story and be the voice for so many.
My hope is that more people can stand up and share their story!
Write a book, post a Blog, do a tweet. Whatever it is….go out there and share your story and my hypothesis is that it will make a difference in the life of someone else.
It may motivate them, it may take them to that next level or it may just make them think….either way, it’s time for you to share your story.