There is this one film that endures and lives in our hearts forever, and one such film is The Pursuit of Happyness. Pursuit of Happyness isn’t a technical marvel like Avatar or a racy action drama like Mission Possible. But a film that lasts and echoes in our lives and the generations beyond that if you understand the lessons it teaches. If you are planning to watch this film, set your mind that you will witness the cinematic and emotional genius work of will smith and his son, Jaden Smith, directed by the ace filmmaker Gabriele Muccino.
Here let’s take a look at the lessons everybody can learn from the Pursuit of Happyness.
Cast and the crew:
The pursuit of happyness movie is based on The Pursuit of Happyness book by Chris Gardner and Quincy Troupe
A divorced father is fighting to escape poverty for himself and his son, as he climbs his way up the corporate ladder at a stock brokerage firm amongst all troubles is the outline of pursuit of happyness.
From rags to the richness
Lessons from the Pursuit of Happyness
Don’t listen to the Naysayers:
In the movie, when Chris Gardner goes through the most brutal battle of his life, his marriage is falling apart at one end, and at the other, he is struggling to sell his bone density machines to feed his son. Amidst all this, he sees his son playing basketball. then he says, “I don’t want you to shoot this ball around day and night because I’m an average basketball player, and you won’t excel in it as well” then his son reacts to it by packing the basketball and gets pissed off, and he goes to console him
Chris: “ Listen, Don’t ever listen to anyone telling you, you can’t do something, not even me. You got a dream; you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they tell you can’t do something. If you want something, get it. Period.”
This iconic line from the movie talks about why you should never listen to anybody when one says you can’t do it. Instead, go for it because you can.
Time is your ally:
Once Chris Gardner gets the job on probation, he strives harder than anybody else in the office to sign clients. We see him cold-calling clients and accomplishing tasks that would typically take 9 hours to get completed, but he does it in 6 hours by never keeping the phone receiver down, which gives him an extra 8 minutes. Here Chris uses time for his advantage.
Chris: “In order not to waste any time, I was not keeping the phone receiver down; I realized by not keeping the phone down, I gained another 8 minutes a day, also wasn’t drinking any water, so I was not wasting any time in the bathroom.”
Time is your only friend when it comes to reaping benefits and reaching your desired heights. To outshine and to stand tall in the crowd, use your time wisely as Chris does his way up to signing clients.
Sense of humor:
People remember you for who you are more than what you showcase to them. In a critical situation at the end of the film, Chris gets an invite for an interview, he goes to the interview in a dirty shirt with paint stains on it. He tries to illuminate the room of board members with his self-introduction charm, but the questionnaire at the other end asks him,
“What would you say if a man walked in here with no shirt on, and I hired him?
Chris: He must have had on some really nice pants.”
The board members blasts into laughter,
Use your sense of humor in the least expected space and turn the tables around you, but be specific like Chris and don’t drag it.
Light at the end of the tunnel:
As Sylvester Stallone said in Rocky balboa,
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are. It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
When life hits you hard, you give it back to it with vigor. Undoubtedly, this movie is one of the best life lesson movies ever to hit the screen and has far more life lessons to take away from the beginning. Over here, we spoke on perseverance, time management, and a never-give-up mindset. We recommend you watch this gem of a film to learn more. Filmmakers who resonate with this film can submit their web series and film at GUDSHO and earn multi-folds with the multiple monetization models.