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Not many people are worthy of the
title "hero." I believe a hero is someone who has overcome great odds
and has done everything in his or her power to save people or to change the
world. My hero, Ben Carson, was born on September 18, 1951, in Detroit Michigan, and grew up in a
very poor family. His grades were constantly below average, but decided that he
wanted to change the world, and from then, tried harder than ever in his
studies to be a neurosurgeon. What makes him so special is that he has fought
and won many challenges in his life. He overcame many obstacles and has much to
show for it. Carson was determined that everything is possible so long as you
work hard at it and hope for the best, and that's why he is such an inspiring
figure in today's world.
Dr. Ben Carson always wanted to
change the world, even when he was young, but right from the start; his grades
were not good enough. Because of that dream to improve his society, he started
to believe in himself and to start working hard. He knew that he didn't want to
be poor when he grew up. That meant giving up television time and going outside
to play, but what really drove him was when he thought of a bright future lying
in wait for him. He remembered when he said: "It was at that moment that I
realized I wasn't stupid...." (Academy of Achievement). Ben Carson used to
be the dumbest kid in his classroom. But after his mother found out what was
happening to his plummeting grades, she made him read two books a week and to
stop watching television. Because she forced her two boys Benjamin and Curtis Carson
to work harder, she helped push both their grades up so that they were the top
of the class. With his parents divorced, Ben Carson's life wasn't easy. Along
with that, he didn't care about his grades and was quick to anger which led him
to trouble. But after that, he overcame his troubled youth and got his dream
job. As a kid, Carson hoped to please his mother and to show that he was
capable of achieving something. Benjamin Carson was advised that he should work
first before play, and because of that, he became more mature and started to
see that his grades mattered if he wanted to get a good career later on. He
knew it was his mother who drove him forward to excel. His mother, Sonya
Carson, was always telling him that everything is possible so long as you try.
Up to now, Dr. Carson still keeps that quote as a reminder. Because of that
quote that he kept in mind, Ben Carson successfully operated on two twins who
were otherwise known as "doomed," and in the process was honored for
that. It was said that: "In 1987, Carson made medical history with an
operation to separate a pair of Siamese twins. The Binder twins were born
joined at the back of the head. Operations to separate twins joined in this way
had always failed, resulting in the death of one or both of the infants. Carson
agreed to undertake the operation" (Academy of Achievement). Carson
demonstrated how everything is possible so long as you put your back into it.
Besides that, he is a man of faith and was known to have said, "Do your
best, and let God do the rest." The two twins that were joined at the back
of the head was said to be the hardest surgery ever to be done, and other
doctors were incapable of proceeding with this surgery. His hard work paid off,
and also made medical history.
Dr. Ben Carson always thinks positive and
believes that everything is possible, and that's why he is such an inspiring
person. He tries his best to do what's possible before letting the
"case" drop. He is widely known for yet another successful operation.
One article explained that: " Carson's other surgical innovations have
included the first intra-uterine procedure to relieve pressure on the brain of
a hydrocephalic fetal twin, and another surgery in which an infant suffering
from uncontrollable seizures has half of its brain removed" (Academy of
Achievement). Along with some of Carson's achievements, he operated on other
cases that need a lot of experience and knowledge. Before he starts a surgery
procedure, Ben Carson would pray to God to guide his hands. Because of his hard
work for the community and his job, Ben Carson has been welcomed to come and
give talks to colleges and even at the white house. Ever since he became a
neurosurgeon, he has saved a couple of thousands of lives, especially since he
works on about 500 more patients than an average surgeon does.
|Dr. Ben Carson and his Mother, Sonya Carson. (http://www.historyswomen.com/images/bens_mom.gif (Historywomen.org))|
Ben Carson is one of the few heroes
who are an inspiration to children and adults alike through his autobiographies
and speeches. One of his favorite quotes was: "Success is determined not
by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you
look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for
failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the
next" (Carson). Some of these obstacles that he mentions are when he had
to go through a twenty-two hour surgery to save two lives. Dr. Carson's successes
are based on morals, determination, and believing in himself. Ben Carson wrote
an autobiography on himself and sold it throughout the world so that his words
will inspire others to follow his footsteps. Carson is also recognized for his
quotes that inspire others to take the right steps. One of his quotes states:
"If we recognize our talents and use them appropriately, and choose a
field that uses those talents, we will rise to the top of our field"
(Carson). That talent is his gifted hands for surgery. He uses his knowledge
and hands to save lives. It was once said that "...as a kid, his knife was
a weapon-now he uses it to save lives. "Throughout his years in the medical
field, Dr. Ben Carson has inspired many people and have given them hope and
courage to continue on with life. That is why he is my hero. He believes that
failure is not an option, and encourages young people to set and meet their
goals, and to lastly, believe in themselves.
Throughout his career, Dr. Carson
has used his reminder to have hope and to believe that it is possible so long
as you try, and his way of thinking has saved so many lives, and because of
this, he has inspired many others in the world to think back on their beliefs.
Starting from a low- grade student to become one of the best neurosurgeons is a
great achievement. He shows us how hard work and effort always pays off later
on in the future. Benjamin Carson inspires me and others because he has such a
strong personality. He never gives up and always trusts in God. Ben Carson's
successes and achievements have really inspired me to try harder in life and to
push on no matter what comes my way. He is called the man with gifted hands for
his surgical skill, his example of overcoming poverty to become a leading
scholar and scientist has inspired millions over the world. I am proud that he
is my hero and is one of the most respected and successful neurosurgeons in the
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