This video is a scene from the 2006 movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, a biography of San Francisco business man, Chris Gardner (acted by Will Smith).

The movie tells the story of a man who survived business failure, a failed marriage, homelessness, joblessness and disappointments, to create a comfortable life for his son and himself. The featured scene shows Chris Gardner giving his young son, a pep talk about not allowing other people to kill his dreams. Starting with the opener, “hey, don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something, not even me, alright?” Chris Gardner encourages his boy to protect his dream at all costs.

You are better off failing while working on your dreams than allowing the opinion of others stop you from making an attempt. We would probably not be enjoying all the beautiful technological innovations we enjoy today had the men and women who made them possible listened to the people around them who thought they were crazy.

There are some people who are on a journey to nowhere and know it. So what they try to do is take others with them on that fruitless route. Others are simply afraid of you succeeding where they have failed and would say anything to discourage you. Never allow yourself to be entangled in their web.

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