Reading Can Improve Lives

Article03_Image_Christal_Reading_To_IanAs I mentioned previously, I will try to focus on three things: promoting business as a good thing, asking if fatherhood could be the answer to many cultural problems, and highlighting how reading can improve lives.

I believe we all should do the best we can for our world. That is, the world we can do something about, be it small or large.  One of my favorite quotes: “You are not here to merely make a living.  You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.  You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that.”—Woodrow Wilson.

It was only recently that Dr. Ben Caron came to my attention. As I learned more about him, I was astounded to see how a boy who was raised by an illiterate single mother in Detroit could become a wildly successful neurosurgeon and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33.  You can go on line and learn more about him and his amazing life.

I believe it was reading that improved his life. There are two stunning stories he tells.  The first is that his mother made him and his brother, Curtis, check out library books, read them and write reports to her.  They did not know at the time that she could not read them.  She did this because in her work as a house cleaner, she notice books in the homes of successful people.  Because of his reading, he became a superior student, gained self-respect, and eventually landed scholarships to Yale University and the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

The second story is what Dr. Carson calls his executive decision attending medical school. That will be covered in a future article.

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