Last week I posted a few books I consider to be Good Reads, and in that post I mentioned a section in Ben Carson's biography Chapter 22 "THINK BIG". I told y'all to go read it, and I'm sure many of you would love to sit down and read a good book, but life isn't always so graciously accommodating to our wishes. Therefore, I'm posting a small section of Chapter 22, just so you get why this book is amazing, and also for a little push and motivation on this Monday!
*" 'What's the key to your success?' the teenage boy..asked."
It wasn't a new question. I'd heard it so many times that I finally worked out an acrostic answer. 'Think Big,' I told him."
Learn to recognize and accept your God-given talents (and we all have them). Develop those talents and use them in the career you choose. Remembering T for talents puts you far ahead of the game if you take advantage of what God gives you.
T also = Time
Learn the importance of time. When you are always on time, people can depend on you. You prove your trustworthiness. Learn not to waste time, because time is money and time is effort. Time usage is also a talent. God gives some people the ability to manage time. The rest of us have to learn how. And we can!
H = Hope
Don't go around with a long face, expecting something bad to happen. Anticipate good things; watch for them.
H also = Honesty
When you do anything dishonest, you must do something else dishonest to cover up, and your life becomes hopelessly complex. The same with telling lies. If you're honest, you don't have to remember what you said the last time. Speaking the truth each time makes life amazingly simple.
I = Insight
Listen and learn from people who have already been where you want to go. Benefit from their mistakes instead of repeating them. Read good books like the Bible because they open up new worlds of understanding.
N = Nice
Be nice to people-all people. If you're nice to people, they'll be nice to you. It takes much less energy to be nice than it does to be mean. Being kind, friendly, and helpful takes less energy and relieves much of the pressure.
K = Knowledge
Knowledge is the key to independent living, the key to all your dreams, hopes and aspirations. If you are knowledgeable, particularly more knowledgeable than anybody else in a field, you become invaluable and write your own ticket.
B = Books
I emphasize that active learning from reading is better than passive learning such as listening to lectures or watching television. When you read, your mind must work by taking letters and connecting them to form words. Words make themselves into thoughts and concepts. Developing good reading habits is something like being a champion weightlifter. The champion didn't go into the gym one day and start lifting 500 pounds. He toned his muscles, beginning with lighter weights, always building up, preparing for more. It's the same thing with intellectual feats. We develop our minds by reading, by thinking, by figuring out things for ourselves.
I= In-Depth Learning
Superficial learners cram for exams but know nothing two weeks later. In-depth learners find that the acquired knowledge becomes part of them. They understand more about themselves and their world. They keep building on prior understanding by piling on new information.
G = God
Never get too big for God. Never drop God out of your life.
*"...successful people don't have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward. Whatever direction we choose, if we can realize that every hurdle we jump strengthens and prepares us for the next one, we're already on the way to success."
*Please note: all quotes are from Gifted Hands:The Ben Carson Story.
Happy Monday, y'all. Smile ~*