Think Big: I Love these Words from the Book

Think Big: I Love these Words from the Book

From the book Think Big of Ben Carson, MD:

In writing Think Big, I want to discuss the concept of success—which the word for, unfortunately, has often been mistakenly used.

For some, success means making it to the top of the ladder, regardless of what one has to do to get there.

These same people measure success by what they accumulate and how many millions of dollars they are worth.

Frankly, it saddens me when I speak at schools and during the question-and-answer period students ask:

“What kind of house do you live in?”

“How many cars do you have?” “Do you have a swimming pool?”

As far as I am concerned, the money and what it buys are insignificant. Achievers are going to have those things anyway.

What is important—what I consider success—is that we make a contribution to our world.

I think of success as reaching beyond ourselves and helping other people in specific ways.

Ben Carson, MD, is professor neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology, and pediatrics, and the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

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