Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Read for Success

For the Southeast Book Discussion Group this month we have a reader's choice where we all read a book of our choosing and then discuss it. My selection is Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence by Ben Carson, M.D. This is a followup book to his first book Gifted Hands. It begins with a quote by William Channing:
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into us. God be thanked for books.

Using the acrostic from the title T=Talent, H=Honesty, I=Insight, N=Nice, K=Knowledge, B=Books, I=In-depth Knowledge, and G=God the author acknowledges the "significant individuals who helped Ben Carson climb from the bottom of his fifth grade class to become at age thirty-three, head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital."
Doctor Carson's mom when he was in the fifth grade made him and his brother read two books per week, write a book report, and limited TV time. These were the first steps to motivating him to succeed. He and his brother went to their local library branch to check out their books, and within a short time they were hooked. Two things happened in fifth grade that convinced him of the importance of reading books. In the class spelling bee he was able to spell agriculture because he had learned it from reading his library books. And he was also able to identify the rock "obsidian" when his teacher showed it in class. By the middle of the sixth grade he had moved to the top of the class. From there Doctor Carson later graduated from Yale University the University of Michigan Medical School, and then to Johns Hopkins. He then was involved in the team that made medical history by successfully separating siamese twins joined at the back of the head. He gives credit to his mom and multiple mentors who helped him get to where he is today. As he says "I have come a long way. But I did not do it by myself." So if you want to be a success at what your doing, Read.

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