Gifted Hands

gifted-hands-movieA few weeks ago we watched this movie ‘Gifted Hands’ about the life of Ben Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at John Hopkins. Such an interesting story.

He grew up in poverty with a single mother who didn’t know how to read. The thing I loved about her is that she was always encouraging her boys… trying to help them see their potential.

These are a few quotes I found that seemed to explain his perspective on life.

“We did live in dire poverty. And one of the things that I hated was poverty. Some people hate spiders. Some people hate snakes. I hated poverty. I couldn’t stand it. My mother couldn’t stand the fact that we were doing poorly in school, and she prayed and she asked God to give her wisdom. What could she do to get her young sons to understand the importance of developing their minds so that they control their own lives? God gave her the wisdom. At least in her opinion. My brother and I didn’t think it was that wise. Turn off the TV, let us watch only two or three TV programs during the week. And with all that spare time read two books a piece from the Detroit Public Libraries and submit to her written book reports, which she couldn’t read but we didn’t know that. I just hated this. My friends were out having a good time. Her friends would criticize her. My mother didn’t care. But after a while I actually began to enjoy reading those books. Because we were very poor, but between the covers of those books I could go anywhere. I could be anybody. I could do anything. I began to read about people of great accomplishment. And as I read those stories, I began to see a connecting thread. I began to see that the person who has the most to do with you, and what happens to you in life, is you. You make decisions. You decide how much energy you want to put behind that decision. And I came to understand that I had control of my own destiny. And at that point I didn’t hate poverty anymore, because I knew it was only temporary. I knew I could change that. It was incredibly liberating for me. Made all the difference.”
― Ben Carson

“If you hear how wonderful you are often enough, you begin to believe it, no matter how you try to resist it.”
― Ben Carson

“Do your best and let God do the rest.”
― Ben Carson

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”
― Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

“Successful people don’t have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward.”
― Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

“If we would spend on education half the amount of money that we currently lavish on sports and entertainment, we could provide complete and free education for every student in this country.”
― Ben Carson, Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence

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