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Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence Paperback – February 7, 2006
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Early in the book, Dr. Carson writes of his rise from a poor student, last in his class in the 5th grade, to the top of his class a few years later. He even describes how he became self-centered during his high school years, something he still hasn't let completely go of.
As the book goes on, Dr. Carson doesn't miss any chances to tell the reader about his expertise and knowledge, especially when it comes to his medical achievements. As I read the book, my thoughts often wandered to, "I wonder when he'll brag on himself again?" Dr. Carson's middle name is definitely not "humble".
Still, the book has it's moments and mixed in between bragging on himself, Dr. Carson shows the reader that it is possible to come from the worst of circumstances in life, to being one of the most recognizable figures in the medical community (and politics?), incredibly successful, and that the American dream isn't dead; not yet, and that's where the book's value lies.
This book is very well written and is a great inspiration to me for my future. He is a great doctor with an intelligent mind, he is one of this countries great mentors. Overall this book is good for people that want to become doctors, or any high level of preformance career.
This is a wonderful book to be read with your parents in grade school. It is also wonderful for older kids and adults alike.
The best part from this book that I was able to take away myself was that even when you are great yourself you can always learn more and to call upon the Lord often.
The one thing I did not like about this book.... I really cannot come up with anything. At 47 years old, I want to apply the ideas of Ben Carson in my life especially about depending on God at all times, but more I'll importantly depending on God when you cannot find an answer or when things seem very bad.