In case you haven't heard, Dr. Benjamin Carson, world renowned Neurosurgeon, spoke at the Fellowship Foundation National Prayer Breakfast. In his arousing speech, he offered opinions about political correctness, the national debt, education and healthcare. Dr. Carson's comments were not designed to offend anyone as he simply spoke from his heart about instruction received and lessons learned from his mom who was a single parent. His mom made him and his brother read books and limited the amount of time spent watching tv; she worked several jobs so she wouldn't have to receive government assistance; she observed that most of those who received government assistance never got out of the system. She didn't allow any excuses to be made for performing less than the established standard she set for her children.
Why do I believe Dr. Carson got it right in this speech? It appears to me that his success is based on the fact he was made accountable for the outcome of his life; if he failed, he had no one to blame but himself. I relate to his story because my Dad's famous words were: "If you make your bed hard, you lay in your hard bed". There's a story told about an old man sitting in his rocking chair on the front porch of his woodframed home situated in the countryside. Next to him, laying on the porch was his old hound dog named "Blue". A stranger, who was going to visit his cousin in the country, got lost and happened upon this scene. As he approaches the old man and his hound, he notices the dog is whining and moaning. The stranger ask, "Mister, what's wrong with your dog? It sounds like you need to get him to the vet!". The oldtimer replies, "Ah ain't nothing wrong with old "Blue"; just lying on a nail. The stranger asked, "Then why don't you move him?" The oldtimer replied, " He'll move himself when he gets in enough pain."
I'm a huge proponent of giving people a "hand up" as I have had many people give me a "hand up" allowing me to be successful in life. The assistance was given to me for the purpose of elevating my life; it was and remains my responsibility to make the most of the opportunity presented.
What were the valuable lessons you learned as a child that have helped you become a successful adult?
To see Dr. Carson's speech click on the link below.