A Faithful Mamma Shapes Son’s Success Against All Odds

Poor.  Married at age 13. Divorced. Single Parent. Illiterate. These are not the first qualities that come to mind when you think of a successful mom.  However, these are some of the descriptors for the mom of renowned brain surgeon, Dr. Ben Carson the former Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.

In spite of her challenging circumstances, the positive qualities in her life and her ability to keep focused on them are what I believe ultimately lead to her success in raising two outstanding young men.

Faith-filled. Hard-working. Truth-speaking. Dreamer. Smart Mamma.

Mrs. Carson worked full time to make enough money to provide for her family and put in extra hours for important extras, like eye-glasses for Ben to have a better chance in succeeding in school.  She didn’t put up with her boys wasting their time on frivolous TV, no instead she sent them to the library and required they read two books a week and write a book report for each.

Ben’s elementary years were less than stellar.  He nearly failed and was called the “dumbest kid in the world.” He began to get discouraged, but his mom wouldn’t have him buying into those lies and often repeated to her son, “You are just not living up to your potential.  You have to work harder.  You have to use that good brain that God gave you!

The outward appearances that we often judge others by can be misleading, our environment does not have to be the deciding factor in our outcome.  Mrs. Carson’s example of pouring out her love, faith, attitude and service upon her boys is the most excellent example of turning around the odds.  It was her attitude toward education, not her own educational merits that created a world renowned neurosurgeon.

So what is holding you back from fulfilling a dream you have or have for someone you love?  Instead of looking at the obstacles, try looking at the attitude required to get you to the top.  Shaping your attitude, shapes your actions, which shape your success.

I highly recommend the movie, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Kimberly Elise as Mrs. Carson.

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