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Chris Gardner, AARP’s Ambassador of Pursuit and Happyness, is a best-selling author and the inspiration for the award-winning movie The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith. In his early years, Gardner overcame a troubled home life, severe poverty and even a period of homelessness to ultimately pursue a successful career in financial services. Read his full bio.

 

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Last year I was laid off from my job in oil-burner repair. After a year of retraining I found a job in an air-conditioning plant...More

  

  

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