The presence of a brilliant, successful person has the potential to intimidate, but his words have the ability to resonate with millions. It has been 16 years since Dr. Carson's last speech at the White House, however, his experience and wisdom resulted in his invitation to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Carson's struggle to success was not just a personal endeavor, but a sign of hope and prosperity to a new generation of youth in search of the American Dream.
"It does not matter where we come from or what we look like. If we recognize our abilities, are willing to learn and to use what we know in helping others, we will always have a place in the world," a key factor of Carson's philosophy from his novel, Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence.
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After a moment of nostalgia, Carson examined briefly childhood memories and previous obstacles that took a toll on his life, affecting him academically and emotionally. There is one person Carson re-calls that without her his life would of taken a turn down an unfortunate road, his mother.
Through his mother there was hope. Instead of enjoying a summer day as any boy would spend his summer days, Carson was obligated to read, study, and complete book reports assigned by his mother, who could not read herself. In doing so, this was the type of academic discilpine and structure Carson needed, but did not understand at the time. This taught the prominent, young man that if you keep human beings in the dark they will never progress and grow intellectually--you must liberate a person by education and mutual understanding; this will free the man and this will liberate him.