Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence
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In this follow-up to his best-selling Gifted Hands, Dr. Ben Carson prescribes his personal formula for success. And who could better advise than a man who has transformed himself from a ghetto kid into the most celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon in the world? With an acrostic, Dr. Carson spells out his philosophy of living: T-Talents/time: Recognize them as gifts. H -Hope for all good things and be honest. I -Insight from people and good books. N -Be nice to all people. K -Knowledge: Recognize it as the key to living. B -Books: Read them actively. I -In-depth learning skills: Develop them. G -God: Never get too big for Him. Think Big emphasizes how to evaluate and respond to problems in order to overcome them and make the most of your inner potential. Written in the tradition of his best-selling autobiography Gifted Hands, Think Big is guaranteed to touch the hearts of readers everywhere.
fairness buoyed my self-confidence. During my first weeks at Hopkins as an intern, when I first came into contact with Don Long, I realized a simple principle on which he operates. If we know and understand human anatomy and we are reasonably intelligent, he assumes that we can figure out how to do almost anything. I will always remember something that Dr. Long said when I first met him: “Anyone who can’t learn from other people’s mistakes simply can’t learn, and that’s all there is to it.
remedy. That something more was the unquestioning faith I saw in that mother and father. “I’ll tell you what. You’ve come all this way. I can biopsy the lesion. By doing that, we can discover the exact tumor type. From there maybe we can administer some radiation or chemotherapy to prolong your son’s life.” “Just do whatever you think — ” “Please understand this. If Christopher goes into the operating room, he will still be alive, but he may not have what I call a quality existence. But you
you’re obnoxious,” he said. “Because you know so much and you want to make sure everybody knows it.” I don’t know if I answered or just walked away, but I never forgot his words. In fifth grade, everyone had laughed at me when I did not know anything; now they hated me because I acted as if I knew everything. Until that moment, because knowledge was new and wonderful and exciting, I thought everybody wanted to hear about everything new that I learned. I had not realized how overbearing I had
made. For those already into drugs, he stands ready to show them the way out. When I talked with Cliff, I remember his saying, “People are simply not willing to look at their problems honestly and admit that they have problems.” I went to one of the Harrises’ programs and listened to the testimony of a husband and wife. They said, “We went to church every week. We participated in all the activities, but as soon as we got home, we headed for the bedroom and started popping speed.” They
geography and history to science and mathematics. By the time I had reached tenth grade, I was pretty good at knowing the answers. I’d say, “I know those answers. I could go to college and do well.” Then I began to dream that I’d enter college and compete on College Bowl. Why not? I kept asking myself. I am as smart as they are; I can learn anything they already know. However, College Bowl had two categories that I was not a whiz at: art and classical music. After all, what would a poor, black