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Ben Carson Success Story

Ben Carson is one of the most successful American neurosurgeon’s in U.S. history. CNN and TIME Magazine once named him one of America’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. In 2008, he’s was awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also a candidate for the office of the President of the United States for the 2016 election, and was the nation’s 17th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In short, Ben Carson has accomplished quite a bit in his life time. As such, we’ve decided to dig into the inspiring life and achievements of the Mr. Carson in this Ben Carson Success Story special.

“There Is No Such Thing As Useless Knowledge.”

Ben Carson, is a world-class leader and a successful professional, who’s inspiring success story can teach us, guide us, and benefit us in unimaginable ways.  So, with that being said, we aim to touch on the making of Ben Carson, along with insights he has conveyed over the years on how other people can lead successful lives as well. So, without further ado, let’s dive in.

Early Life: The Ben Carson Success Story

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Ben Carson was born in Detroit Michigan in 1951. When he was just eight years old his parents separated, and his mother was forced to go back to work to support Ben and his brother. Considering his mother was only 13 when she got married, and had never worked, she had to take up employment as a domestic worker (in other words, as a maid) and moved her and her kids back to Boston to live with her sister.

Carson and his family would eventually move back to Detroit after a couple of years. Carson would describe the experience as a desperate situation, stating that he lived in multi-family tenement. His environment was miserable, where boarded up windows and doors in his neighborhood was the norm, along with sirens, gangs, rats and roaches.

On top of living in poor living conditions, Ben Carson was being made fun of at school. Kids would call him a “dummy”, make him the butt of class jokes, and teased him constantly. All of which ultimately led to Carson’s lack of belief in himself, which became apparent to his mother.

It was at this time that his mother also noticed that his grades were lagging behind his peers. As such, she put her foot down and minimized the amount of T.V. she allowed Carson to consume. She also began requiring multiple books reports every week from Ben and his brother.

Fortunately for Ben, this strict regimen would eventually pay off as both Ben and his brother would begin doing better in school, and eventually aspire for higher education and succeed at it.

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School Days

Ben ultimately excelled in school and would eventually earned a full academic scholarship to Yale University. And after four years, he eventually earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology. Once he finished his undergraduate degree Ben Carson would go on to attend Medical School at the University of Michigan.

During his first he struggled academically. In fact, because of the challenges he was facing, he considered for a brief moment dropping out from medical program entirely. However, he persisted, and after the first year, Ben got his bearings by spending most of his time studying the text-books and lecture notes versus attending the lectures. Eventually, Ben mastered his medical studies, got elected to the school’s Medical Honor Society, and acquired is M.D. from the school.

Ben Carson’s next act would be played out at John Hopkins University School of Medical School, where he would finish his residency.

Professional Years

Ben would eventually become John Hopkins’ Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery. And after a few years there, he became the lead neurosurgeon of a 70-member surgical team. Ben would go on to perform increasingly complex surgeries, with one of his most well-known being that of the first separation of conjoined twins.

After nearly three decades of performing increasingly complex surgeries, and gaining a celebrity-like status from his medical successes, he would eventually retire from the medical profession. And it was at this point that Ben Carson would go on to have a successful career in publishing and public speaking; publishing multiple New York Time’s Best Seller’s, dozens of peer-reviewed articles, star in movies, and become a contributor on various Mainstream Media News publications.

Ben Carson would eventually become a house-hold name after running for the presidency of the United States of America.

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Without a doubt, Ben Carson is an inspiration to many across the country and world. He had a slow start, but he overcome his adversities, gained momentum as time went on, and has become a shining example of possibilities for millions of people. Here’s just a sample of his many accomplishments:

  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Horatio Alger Award
  • 38 Honorary Doctorates
  • Has had a High School named after him
  • Awarded the Library of Congress Living Legend Award
  • Awarded the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership
  • Named by US News & World’s report as one of ‘America’s Best Leaders’
  • Elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine

Success Insights

Ben Carson has shared many of his success insights in his books, and in the many interviews he’s given. And he has given credit to his mother for much of his success. In fact, he states that it was his mother’s belief in him that helped him believe in himself. He also states that his mother never accepted excuses from him or or his brother, and that she did not accept victimhood for herself or for them. As such, the foundation for much of his success comes down to his mother’s belief in him, and her unacceptance of excuses.

In addition to this, Ben Carson has learned a thing or two about success over the years. In fact, he enjoys sharing his success secrets with all who are interested. One of the best ways he’s summed up his philosophy of success has been through the Acronym THINK BIG. Here’s how:

T: Talent – Develop your talents, use them, and let them carry you to new heights.

H: Honesty – Keep your life simple by remaining honest.

I: Insight – Learn from others who have already done what you are interested in doing.

N: Nice – Be nice to people, because life is lived with and through people.

K: Knowledge – The way you make yourself more valuable is through knowledge. So learn as much as you can.

B: Books – The mechanism for gaining more knowledge and becoming more valuable is through books.

I: In-Depth Learning – Learn for the sake of understanding, as opposed to learning just to put an answer down for a quiz. In short, in-depth learning should be focused on versus superficial learning.

G: God – It is important to keep God in our lives. Not push God on others, but not allow for God to be pushed out of our lives by Government.

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Key Takeaways

There you have it, the Ben Carson success story that covers his journey from the impoverished neighborhoods of Detroit, to becoming one of the most well-known surgeon’s in the world.  We’ve uncovered the success ethos that has guided Ben Carson in creating the massive success he now enjoys. Here they are again as a recap…

Work on the following:

Improving Your Self-Belief | Making Zero-Excuses

While focusing on:

Your Talents | Being Honest | Appreciating The Insight of Others | Being Nice  | Gaining Knowledge

Reading Books | In-Depth Learning | God

If you enjoyed the success insights above, then you’ll love these short stories on success. Surely you can gain some motivation or success insights from them as well, that can help you find more success in your life.

Till next time,