“You have the ability to choose which way you want to go. You have to believe great things are going to happen in your life. Do everything you can - prepare, pray and achieve - to make it happen.” This quote is by Ben Carson, the person whose story I believe has had the most influence in my life. Throughout his life he faced many trials and tribulations, which forced him to make many life-altering decisions. He overcame poverty, racism, and a violent temper and he went from an “unhappy” childhood to adolescence to a phenomenal, world-renowned, pediatric neurosurgeon. He had a rough childhood growing up but thanks to his faith in God and the watchful and encouraging eye of his mother, he was able to grow up to a wonderful, God-fearing man.
Ben Carson is such an inspirational person that went through so and I feel like his life story has had a very positive impact on my life. While I was reading his book, “Gifted Hands,” it made me realize how very blessed I am, compared to him and all the hardships he went through; the divorce of his parents, the bad grades in school, and a difficult life in general, he was able to become an internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon. One reason why he is a role model to me is because he is a neurosurgeon and he is an example of the type of person I want to get to be when I complete my life goal, to become a neurosurgeon.
Benjamin Solomon Carson was born on September 18, 1951; he was born into a poor family in Detroit, Michigan. He was the second son of Robert Solomon Carson, a Baptist minister and Sonya Copeland Carson. His mother married his father to escape a difficult home situation, his mother got married when she was only thirteen and his father was twenty-eight year old Baptist minister. When Carson was eight years old and his brother, Curtis, was ten, their parents got divorced and his mother took them to live in Boston with some relatives. Their mother, Sonya, worked as many as three jobs at a time, and that is how she earned enough money to move them back to Detroit a year later. In his writings, Carson commented that his mother was the family’s rock during hard times.
In his early years, he went through many hardships that shaped his future character. Growing up, he was known as the dumbest student in his class, which caused his mother to keep on urging him to try to get better grades. It didn’t help that Higgens Elementary was a predominantly white school, and Carson was one of the few African American students in all of the school. This caused his mother to take up the decision of having them watch only three pre-selected shows per week and start reading two books from the Detroit Public Library because she didn’t want her children to end up like her, having only a third grade education. Before long, Ben moved up from being the lowest in his class to the top.
Carson’s humble and hard-working attitude shone throughout the course of his life. His faith in God and respect for others brought him great...