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Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence [Kindle Edition]

Ben Carson M.D. , Cecil Murphey
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Book Description

In Think Big, which emanates from the last chapter of his best-selling Gifted Hands, Dr. Ben Carson prescribes his personal formula for success. And who could better advise than one who transformed his own life from that of being a ghetto kid with problems in school to becoming the most celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon in the world? With an acrostic, Dr. Carson spells out his philosophy of living: T -Talents/time: Recognize as gifts from God H -Hope for good things and be honest I -insight from people and good books N -Be nice to all people K -Knowledge: Recognize as they 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 does not offer pat answers, or promise a life of ease, but it does show how a person should view problems, evaluate them, react to them, and eventually overcome them. The philosophy in Think Big can be applied by all individuals to their own lives and help them to make the most of the gifts that God has given them.

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Ben Carson is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and the author of two best-selling books, Gifted Hands and Think Big. A widely respected role model, he shares motivational insights with inner-city kids and corporate executives alike. He serves on the board at Yale University and on the board of the Kellogg Company. He lives in Baltimore, MD. Gregg Lewis is a freelance writer with 25 years experience in the publishing industry. The author or coauthor of more than 30 books, he lives with his wife and five children in Rome, Georgia

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This book is for you if your life is a series of shattered dreams. This book is for you if you have no dreams at all. It's for you if you've bought the lie that you'll never amount to anything. That's not true. Your life is BIG---far bigger than you've imagined. Inside these pages lie the keys to recognizing the full potential of your life. You won't necessarily become a millionaire (though you might), but you will attain a life that is rewarding, significant, and more fruitful than you ever thought possible. The author of this book knows about hardship. Ben Carson grew up in inner-city Detroit. His mother was illiterate. His father had left the family. His grade-school classmates considered Ben stupid. He struggled with a violent temper. In every respect, Ben's harsh circumstances seemed only to point to a harsher future and a bad end. But that's not what happened. By applying the principles in this book, Ben rose from his tough life to one of amazing accomplishments and international renown. He learned that he had potential, he learned how to unleash it, and he did. You can too. Put the principles in this book in motion. Things won't change overnight, but they will change. You can transform your life into one you'll love, bigger than you've ever dreamed.

Product Details

  • File Size: 563 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310214599
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 30, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SVQCY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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126 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book for my children and their teachers! April 12, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was very pleased with Dr. Carson's first book, "Gifted Hands" and found his moving story of childhood turnaround, through the influences of his Mother, reading and God to provide refreshing proof that we can positively influence lives.
Taking the time to read and understand Dr. Carson will demonstrate that he is an ordinary man like you and I, problems and all. He deals with problems and mistakes with the following philoshopy of living:
T - Talents/time
H - Hope
I - Insight
N - Nice
K - Knowledge
B - Books
I - In-Depth
G - God
Do not judge this to be simplistic and trite...Dr. Carson explains with vivid examples how he utilizes this philosophy not only to live by, but to spread hope to those, like him that once had no hope in life.
I highly recommend this book, not only as an inspirational story about a current day medical hero, but as a book that can provide the framework to live your life or develop strong, positvie traits in your children.
Note: this book stands on its own merits and does not require previous reading from Dr. Carson's first book, "Gifted Hands". I read "Gifted Hands" shortly after reading "Think Big".
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The blue print to success December 16, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was particularly interesting Dr. Carson has given us the road map to success and we should put our youth as well as ourselves on this path of achieving greatness. I admire Dr. Carson who did not let peer pressure or neighborhood gossip distract him off the path of success. When I read this book there were some things that I am going utilize such as talent, being nice, ethics, books and most importantly god on my path of success in achieving my career goals. For about a year now I have shut off my cable and every night I read after getting home from work which has made a remarkable improvement in my life.
Books have become my best friend in shaping my mind and to increase my cognitive being in ways that are beyond my imagination. Whenever there is a subject that I have no knowledge of my local library has been my greatest source of information. Knowledge is power and a tool for success.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life altering must read for young and old. January 4, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found Dr. Carson's book to be incredibly moving and useful in daily life. It perfectly depicts the powerful influences of our childhood and what can happen when the messeges you hear are possitive and uplifting. My wife is 3 months pregnant with my child and I intend to limit the TV time, like Dr. Carson's mother did. The books she encouraged him to read as a youngster opened up his creativity and broke down walls. I will not forget this very powerful message.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like shelling beans May 12, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was a tremendous help breaking out of a shell and instilling a thirst to do better. I read this book after finishing active military service time around 1996 and was searching for a foothold in "civilian'life". It has been years since reading this book but still some of principles inspire and have been incorporated in my belief system. Young people, this book definitely has beneficial keys that if you could only realize what is in store for you in later in life if you would only apply some of these principles, early on. One thing I really liked about this book is that it acknowledges God and is a very practical philosophy. One principle that I can still remember is how Dr. Carson many times in college studied by reading many different books on the same topical subject to broaden his depth of knowledge. Friends, I possess an average IQ, and have used this technique to have people give compliments on how intelligent I was ona particular subject.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think Big May 20, 2000
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This is more than just another self-help book. It gives very concrete steps available to all of us for developing our potential, regardless of our station in life. The author stresses the immense value of reading. A must for all, but especially for educators and mentors.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Misleading. Should Have Been Two Books. March 5, 2013
By Kent
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I recently got in on the Ben Carson craze and decided to pick this book up for my Kindle. Being one who is always trying to improve himself, I like what the book's description was telling me; only the book description tells about half the story.

The first two chapters are really great. They suck you in and give you an idea into what Carson is looking to do with the book. However, roughly 52%-54% of the book is devoted to people Carson has met over his life and he writes of their amazing lives and/or abilities. This is where, I think, the book was misleading.

I believe it to be misleading, because, even though I expected some autobiographical information to help make points on his THINK BIG philosophy, I wasn't expecting a book where a little more than half of it is an acknowledgment. I'm all for giving credit where it's due, and I'm glad Carson doesn't think that he did it all on his own, but I never got the impression that he would spend so much time covering these other individuals that are very vague in helping to make points on his THINK BIG philosophy.

What do I mean by vague? He starts off the book describing these individuals without diving into without describing what he believes THINK BIG is to his audience. Several times I read, "*INSERT NAME*, who thinks big...," and I was left wondering what it meant, in Carson's definition, to THINK BIG. I think it would have been more appropriate to describe what THINK BIG is followed by talking about the other individuals. This would help to drive home points better and it would be clearer how these individuals thought big in Carson's definition.

The second half of the book is where it's really at!
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