1. Précis - page 3
2. Introduction - page 5
3. Early life - page 6
4. Medical career - page 9
5. Personal life - page 12
6. Writer - page 13
7. Carson Scholars Fund - page 15
8. Conclusion - page 16
9. Bibliography - page 17
Why did I choose this subject?
In life, everyone has a model, a person who inspires us, who sets an example for us, a person whose principles we admire and try to follow. My model in life is Ben Carson.
I discovered him by chance, but at the right moment. It happened 2 years ago, at a presentation about his life made by some protestants from The Seventh-day Adventist Church, presentation which caught my attention and made me want to find out more information about Ben Carson, so this way I bought two of his bestsellers, read them and watched the movie based on his autobiography, Gifted Hands.
The story about his life impressed me so much at that time that it made me cry. It had an impact on my life and it made me realize that he would be my model in life, so following his example will be a guide for me in the years ahead.
Ben Carson is a person who deserves all the respect, because he transformed the impossible into reality and the hopes into fulfillment. During his early years, he demonstrated that he could be someone in life, so that from the kid who once was striding the Detroit slums, he became Dr. Ben Carson, the chief neurosurgeon who designed and coordinated numerous succesful brain surgeries.
I appreciate this personality with all my heart, because he changed my life and made me a more determined and stronger person and I never regret following his example in life, because there are some similarities in our lives and sometimes I identify myself with him, regarding the early years and the dream of having a succesful career, I want to become an IT engineer, something which is very hard nowadays just as hard as being a neurosurgeon which involves a lot of studying, working and last but not least faith in God.
He inspired me every time simply because he surpassed his condition with God’s help and through education. In his second bestseller, Think Big, I read something which always guides my steps, some words the echo of which is strong: “I am convinced that knowledge is power – to overcome the past, to change our own situations, to fight new obstacles, to make better decisions.” This words define the fact that only through education we can become what we are really meant to be in this life.
For me, Ben Carson is more than a model, he is an example of life, because he taught me the true values and virtues and first of all, to be an honest person and never forget where I started from.
Benjamin Solomon Carson, M.D., is one of the most famous pediatricians and neurosurgeons in the world, professor and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Medical School.
He was born on September 18, 1951, in Detroit and was grown by his divorced mother in a working class neighborhood. Even though his mother was undereducated, she determined her sons, Ben and his brother, Curtis, to read in order to believe in themselves. She kept telling them: “You need to succeed! You simply weren't born to be losers!”
Ben showed hope and promise from an early age and he went from being the poorest in his class to being a graduate from both Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School. During his medical career he received numerous and important honors and awards.
Dr. Ben Carson became the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital in 1984, being the only black doctor in the history of this prestigious hospital who could realize this at the age of 33. He is known all over the world for the first separation of conjoined twins as the man with gifted hands.
Dr. Ben Carson contributed successfully to the development of John Hopkins Hospital, being considered a phenomenon for this institution. His performance and mastery of ground-breaking surgical procedures were recognized and respected. Dr. Ben Carson took so many impossible operations with his dedication and talent given from God, giving a second chance to a healthy and normal life to every child who was in his gifted hands.
• Dr. Ben Carson & Cecil Murphey – Povestea vieţii mele. Mâini înzestrate, editura Viaţă şi sănătate, Bucureşti 2012, traducere de Cristina Iacob
• Dr. Ben Carson & Cecil Murphey – Gândeşte cutezător, editura Viaţă şi sănătate, Bucureşti 2011, traducere de Viorica Avrămiea
• Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, movie produced by The Hatchery Sony Pictures Television
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