Jul 18, 2013, 11:44 AM
Paperback; 224 pages
Carson story is a classic illustration of grass to grace. Bennie was born poor,
but he refused to stay poor, due largely to his mother's influence. Barely
eight years old, his father walked out on his mother, leaving her to shoulder
the responsibility of raising two boys - Bennie and his elder brother Curtis.
Rather than gave in to despair, Sonya Carson rose admirably to the challenge.
She took up menial jobs to take care of her boys. Because she worked mainly in
the homes of wealthy people, she was able to observe what made them tick. And
she then resolved to inculcate those habits of high achievers in her two boys.
She laid down the rules: One, no watching of more than three TV programmes a
week. Two, reading at least three books a week. Bennie and Curtis protested,
but the indomitable Sonya held her ground, making it clear to the boys that
their either followed the rules or there would be hell to pay. Both boys had no
choice in the matter and therefore complied. This turned out to be the formula
for Bennie's incredible success in life. He went from Yale to the
AmongBennie's many feats as a neurosurgeon is the separation of the Binder Siamese twins, which made him a householdname around the world and an inspiration to people from disadvantaged background thatif they apply themselves, they too can be just as successful, if not more successful. This book is an inspiration for everybody and anybody who want to have a better life for themselves. "To THINK BIG and to use our talents doesn't mean we won't have difficulties along the way. We will- we all do. How we view those problems determines how we end up. Ifwe choose to see the obstacles in our path as barriers, we stop trying.. . However if we choose to see the obstacles as hurdles, we can leap over them. Successful people don't have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward. Whatever direction we choose, if we can realize that every hurdle we jump strengthens and prepares us for the next one, we're already on the way to success." (p.224)
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