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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310214599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310214595
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

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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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.

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If you don't know how to succeed or know if you're headed in the right direction, Think Big helps puts your doubts to rest.
Donna Ledbetter
Dr. Ben Carson is a great inspiration to us all, and he takes us through his life and we see how God has blessed him and can and will bless us if we will let him.
Faithful Customer
In the steps he used to chart the course for his own very successful life, he gives us keys to unlock the door to our own potential.
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118 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Bruce V. Culver on April 12, 2002
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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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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By P. A Lewis on December 16, 2002
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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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Scott Collins on January 4, 2000
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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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "theamazingfrogman" on May 12, 2004
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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.
BUY THIS BOOK NOW AND READ IT!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Electra on April 26, 2006
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Since discovering the first printing of Dr. Carson's THINK BIG and GIFTED HANDS, I have been of the strong opinion that either or both should actually be required reading for middle school and high school students. I remember being forced to read Bulfinch's Mythology, The Scarlet Letter, and other really unhelpful books, to delve into them and learn everything about them--how does that help pre-teens and teens, who are starting to question who they are and where they belong in life? Those books were useless. But Dr. Carson has MANY real answers for us all, and I believe that if everyone read his books, there would be a lot less negativity in the world, and much more kindness, caring, and a sense of worth and purpose for every individual, and isn't that what we're all really looking for?
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By P. A Lewis on December 26, 2002
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Dr. Carson gives us the road map for success and explains to us that the journey is not always easy. However, if you want something bad enough and you work hard for that particular goal it will be obtainable with prayer. Dr. Carson's book is something remarkable and the things that I noticed that set him apart from all of the rest was reading for knowledge and personal enjoyment. Reading opens up a world of knowledge that cannot be obtained just through life and its experiences. Reading can shape your future into something so bright and wonderful because books contain so much knowledge.
The spiritual side of what Dr. Carson talks about is very important so that we keep ourselves grounded. And last of all possessing good ethics professionally and personally, because the same people you meet on your way up are the same individuals you will encounter on your way back down.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is lost and looking for a way out of a world of ignorance.
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