Ben Carson Gifted Hands


T- Talent Learn to recognize and accept your God-given talents.
(also)T- Time Learn the importance of time.
H- Hope anticipate good things; and watch for them.H- Honesty Speaking the truth makes life amazingly simple I- Insight Listen and learn from people who have already been where you want to go.N- Nice Be nice to people- all people. K- Knowledge Knowledge is the key to independent living, the key to all your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. B- Books We develop our minds by reading, by thinking, by figuring out things for ourselves I- In-Depth Learing In-depth learners find that the acquired knowledge becomes a part of them G- God Never get to big for God. Never drop God out of your life. (217-218)
*This acronym is a main fator in Ben's speeches. He believes that if you follow this then you will have a really sucessful life.


Gifted Hands by Ben Carson
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"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 sucess." (224)
*It does not matter what you choose to do with your life or what you become, every struggle that you face only helps you along and makes you stronger for the next struggle. When you reaelize this then you are ready.

"Today I try to emphasize this point when I speek to young people,"There isn't anybody in the world who isn't worth something," I say,"If you're nice to them, they'll be nice to you. The same people you meet on the way up are the same kind of people you meet on the way down. Besides that, every person you meet is one of God's children." (111)
*This quote is like the golden rule, if you are nice to everyone then they will be nice to you. Everyone is the same; they are all God's creations.

"I honestly felt no great pressures. When I did encounter prejudice, I could hear Mother's voice in the back of my head saying things like, "Some people are ignorant and you have to educate them." (113)

  • When Ben faced prejudices he knew that the only way he could change their mind was by doing his job and making them realize that he is an amazing doctor.

"The culture in which we live stresses looking out for number one. Without adopting such a self-centered value system, we can demand the best of ourselves while we are extending our hands to help others." (114)

  • By not accepting the self-centered culture we live in, we can still want the best for ourselves and help others at the ame time.


Dr. Carson has preforms more than 300 surgerys on children a year. He has become well know for seperating Siamese, and preforming brain surgery on child who face uncontrolable seizures.

Ben went to collge at Yale and then attended the University of Michigan for medical school. His residency was spent at Johns Hopkins, and then he spent a year working in Australia. After Australia he went back to Johns Hopkins, and he has now become the Cheif of Nerosurgery there.
= =Biography=
Ben Carson was born in Chattanooga, but moved to Detroit when he was really young. While in school he faced people calling him dumb and stupid, and he had no will power to make good grade and do well in school. Things changed when his mother started pushing Ben and his brother to do their best. Ben started making all A's, and he was at the top of his class. At an early age Ben knew that he wanted to become a doctor. He went to Yale University for graduate school, and there he met his future wife Candy. For medical school, he went to the University of Michigan, and then he went to Johns Hopkins University for his residencity. He moved to Austrailia and worked at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospitial of Queen Elizabeth II Medical Center. After he completed his residency he started work at Johns Hopkins Hospital. A major turning point in his career was when a girl named Maranda came to his office. Maranda was having severe seizures and she needed to have hemispheretomy. Ben and his partner decided to operate,and the surgery was sucessful. Many families started contacting Ben asking him to help their child who had the same problems as Maranda. Most of the surgerys were sucessful; however, many failed. Many children are hit by cars and Dr. Carson helped save many of these kids lives by preforming surgery to removed part of the brain. Another surgery came later in his career when he was asked to seperate Siamese twins Patrick and Benjamin Binder. This surgery caused many people to begin asking him to help thier families also. Now Ben speeks to people all around the world. His main point in his speech is that you can do anything you want as long as you THINK BIG (Talent, or Time, Hope, r Honesty, Insight, Nice, Knowledge, Books, In-Dept learning, and God. He believes that if you live by this acronym you can become whatever you want in life.


Ben was called the dumbest kid in class, but then his mother started pushing Ben and his brother Curtis to do better. She started making them read 2 books a week, and they had to give a report on each of them. Also, his mother allow them to only watch 3 television programs a week. These strict rules helped Ben become one of the top students in his class, and also allowed him to have the amazing chance to go to Yale University.
Ben Carson's story made me realize how far America's history has come. More than 75 years ago no amount of hard work would have allowed Ben to become a doctor, but the times changed and Ben had the chance to become anything he wanted. Although he still faced many prejudices from patients, him and his colleges knew that he was a wonderful doctor and he would do an amazing job. He does not let the people who judge him because he is African-American effect him; he knows that there is always going to be someone who judges, and all he can do is the best job he can whether or not that changes their minds. The United States have come a long way, and the changes allowed many great people become whatever they choose.


Ben has writen a few other book including Take the Risk, Think Big, and The Big Picture. Also, he enjoys speaking to young people.

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