When I was in high school I read a book called Gifted Hands, which told the story of Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He grew up with a single mother who pushed him to be all that he could, and he became the first surgeon to successfully separate craniopagus (conjoined) twins that had been connected at the head. His story is an amazing one and this is a must read book.
Last year in February Ben Carson came to BYU to speak in a forum as part of BYU's observance of Black History Month. I was excited to go hear him speak after learning of his amazing story in high school.
His lecture was incredible, he is such a wise and humble man. One thing he shared really stuck with me. He shared with us his acronym THINK BIG that would help us to be successful in life.
T : talent - everyone has a talent, we must recognize ours, this includes intellectual talent
H : honesty - we must be honest and have integrity in all that we do, no matter what
I : intellect - we should follow the people that came before us and learn from their mistakes
N : nice - be a gentleman/lady, we will get farther in life if we are genuinely nice to people
K : knowledge - "develop your God-given talents to help those around you"
B : books - we must exercise our brain and continue to learn our entire life
I : in-depth learning - we shouldn't superficially cram but spend time with learning
G : God - we must make Him the center of our life