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Topics: Stock broker, Happiness, Broker Pages: 3 (908 words) Published: February 20, 2013
1. Make a summary or give the gist of the story
Chris Gardner is a bright and talented but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships, including living in shelters, in pursuit of his dream of a better life for the two of them.

Chris Gardner is a family man struggling to make ends meet. Despite his valiant attempts to help keep the family afloat, the mother of his five-year-old son Christopher is buckling under the constant strain of financial pressure. No longer able to cope, she reluctantly decides to leave.

Chris, now a single father, continues doggedly to pursue a better-paying job using every sales skill he knows. He lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, and although there is no salary, he accepts, hopeful he will end the program with a job and a promising future. Without a financial cushion, Chris and his son are soon evicted from their apartment and forced to sleep in shelters, bus stations, bathrooms, or wherever they can find refuge for the night.

Despite his troubles, Chris continues to honor his commitment as a loving and caring father, using the affection and trust his son has placed in him as an impetus to overcome the obstacles he faces. 2. What particle episode or scene in the story do you like most or struck you? The scene that had really struck me most was when the CEO of the company told Chris Gardner that he was already accepted for the job. This scene is so inspirational to me. It was such a powerful scene of hard work and ambition paying off. As a student, sometimes it gets tough and you lose heart. If you don’t have patience, perseverance, hardwork and determination, you’ll get lost on the track and ruin your life. But this scene is a testimony that working you tail...
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