TITLE: Gifted Hands
AUTHOR: Benjamin Carson
GENRE OF LITERATURE: Inspirational/Biography/Autobiography
PAGE COUNT: 224
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “The key to success is to , “THINK BIG”
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Sonya Carson
MONTH READ: February 2016
Did I like it? Yes
Reason? Filled with fascinating stories about himself and his work,Bens shows us that anyone is capable of leading an extraordinary life. You just have to be willing to give what it takes ,believe in yourself and most of all God.
Would I read more by this author? Yes
Would I encourage others to read this? Of course…
From inner-city kid to renowned Neurosurgeon, Dr.Benjamin Carson narrates his rather inspiring tale of how he went from being a failure as a kid to being a success as a renowned Neurosurgeon at a young age of just 33.
Faced with so many obstacles mostly set by life, He shares his insights on how he was able to overcome them with God on his side and through the influence of a very good mother, Sonya Carson. Through his story, we are made to realize that everyone can do something but only by learning to give one’s best and believing in God.
The path to success is filled with so many things such as, obstacles( which could be in form of family, friends or even you), peer pressure, critics, naysayers, having to make smart choices etc, for this reason, it is essential to rely on Him in all that we do.
MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES and LESSONS I PICKED FROM THE BOOK
Apply these to your life and you are bound to see positive changes
“You ask the Lord and He’ll help you.”
“If we place our faith in the Lord, we will always be safe, safe in Jesus Christ.”
“If you ask the Lord for something and believe He’ll do it, then it will happen.”
Lesson: Be thankful for the smallest things in life, things that we usually take for granted such as the ability to swallow, walk, talk, see etc. There are people out there who suffer in life not from being poor or not having enough, but from not being able to function or lead a normal life as a human being.
“If you can read anything honey, you can learn just about anything you want to know. The doors of the world are open to those who can read.”
“It’s what inside that counts most. Anybody can dress up on the outside and be dead inside.”
“I know a lot of people who dress better than I do, but that doesn’t make them better.”
Lesson: God will always provide for your needs in miraculous ways. Just be good in all that you do and this will eventually rip off positive benefits for you.
“We don’t always get what we want out of life.”
“I have sunshine in my heart ,regardless of the conditions around me. I’m not afraid of anything as long as I think of Jesus Christ and my relationship with Him and remember that One who created the universe can do anything. I also have evidence- my experience-that God can do anything ,because He changed me.”
We create our destiny by the way we do things. We have to take advantage of opportunities and be responsible for our choices.
Lesson: There will be times when you’ll fail and times when you’ll succeed. It’s the way life works. When you fail, do not be deterred, instead try to learn from it,find out where mistakes were made,what went wrong and why it did. Apply your lessons to your next feat and you’ll see improvements.
“Great things are going to happen in my life, I just have to do my part by preparing myself and being ready.”
Lesson: Doesn’t matter how late you start, if you’re willing to give your best at whatever you choose to do,you’ll reach such high points than anyone would imagine.
Sometimes if you fail at something repeatedly, even after putting in your best, it might be a sign that ,that isn’t where God wants you to be. Ask Him for direction in times like this.
Influence can get you inside the door, but your productivity and the quality of your work are the real tests. It’s not what you do/who you know but the kind of job you do that makes the difference.
The kind of job you do doesn’t matter, if you work hard and do your best ,you’ll be recognized and move onward.
If you’re good ,you’ll be recognized. Because people no matter how prejudiced will always want the best.
In whatever career path you find yourself, be it a TV repairman, musician, secretary or surgeon, you must believe in yourself and your abilities.
You might not know this , but God has an overall plan for your life and He’s working out the details as you go by.
Everybody in the world is worth something.
The Lord would never get you into something He couldn’t get you out of,so stop spending excessive amount of time worrying.
We’re capable of doing even better things than we believe we are, only if we challenge ourselves to it.
No knowledge is wasted.
Learn to spend time with the ones you love. Try to create a balance between your work life and family life. In the end ,they are what matters most to us.
The key to success is to, “THINK BIG.”
Ben encourages youths to know and understand that contrary to what the media portrays, musicians and sportsmen aren’t the only people designed for success. You can be successful in just as any other field. Just try to look at yourself and find out what your God-given talents is/are. When you are able to recognize these talents and accept them and work with them in the way God wants you to, you are sure to reach that desired level of success in your life.
It is important to know that applying the principle of , “thinking big” as explained towards the end of the book doesn’t mean you wouldn’t face challenges. Rather ,it’s the way you see them ,either as stopping forces or climbling blocks that truly determines whether or not you’ll win or lose. In other words, to be successful at whatever you do, you have to be determined that you’re not going to allow anything stop you from reaching the height God has set for you.
Get a copy of “GIFTED HANDS” by Ben Carson and read it, you’ll gain a lot of insights and you’ll be thankful for this.
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