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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (190 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Gardner Narrator: Andre Blake Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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New York Times bestselling 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A book that teaches yo how to transform the impossible into the possible.”

    Sidney Poitier

  • “Gardner is encouraging us all to start where we are and dare to make our lives bigger and stronger, more satisfactory, and better. Chris Gardner is a knockout.”

    Maya Angelou

  • Start Where You Are is a must-have, must-read guide to pursuing happiness in changing times. It’s not just about surviving as an individual or business in the current economic environment, but about thriving—personally, collectively, and globally.”

    Quincy Jones

  • “Gardner offers practical advice and pragmatic suggestions for tackling life’s problems…In 44 ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ chapters…Gardner provides a blueprint for navigating tumultuous times.”


  • “This smart and well-written guide includes excellent suggestions for both everyday life and work, with the last sentence summing up Gardner’s message: ‘Accepting responsibility is accepting that your dreams really can come true.’ The result is hopefully and uplifting—not a bad thing to see in these days of economic turmoil.”

    Library Journal

  • Start Where You Are represents the next phase in Gardner’s career, offering hope and sound advice in this tough economic climate…Transformative and inspirational.”


  • ANew York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Luciano Palma | 1/4/2014

    " A good motivational book, however I did expect more techniques and tools, instead of just postive and inspiring messages (which are great). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cindy Kang | 1/2/2014

    " This was inspirational, especially for me at this moment in my life when things are changing. He has a very positive proactive attitude about so many things here. He really shows a strength of character that I can only hope to emulate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becky Morlok | 12/23/2013

    " This book was a real help to me when I lost my job. It's even better than Pursuit of HappYness...Chris is a great motivator. This book is on a list of recommendations to my clients in career transition..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Raven | 12/20/2013

    " Reallly good and inspiring "

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About the Author
Author Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Conquering grave challenges to become a successful entrepreneur, Gardner is an avid motivational and aspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. Gardner is also a passionate philanthropist whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations. The amazing story of Gardner’s life was published as an autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, in May 2006, and became a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller. In paperback, the book spent over 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Gardner was also the inspiration for the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” released by Columbia Pictures in December 2006. Will Smith starred as Gardner and received Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his performance. Gardner was an associate producer on the film.