Throughout his life, renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson has  overcome many obstacles: His father leaving the family; being considered stupid by his classmates in grade school; growing up in inner-city Detroit; and having a violent temper.  But he didn’t let his circumstances control him.

In You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to Think Big, this world renowned neurosurgeon, devoted Christian and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom unpacks the eight important parts of Thinking Big—Talent, Honesty, Insight, being Nice, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth learning, and God—and offers compelling real life stories of people who demonstrated those qualities in his life. By applying the idea of T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. to your life, and by looking at those around you as well, you can overcome obstacles and work toward achieving your dreams.

Dr. Carson has an incredible life narrative—raised in dire poverty, a poor student at a young age—but he he is a living testimony of the what God can do in the life of a person willing to learn. He attributes his success to his young mother’s insistence that he take responsibility for his life and commit himself to be a reader.

Check out this recent video interview to find out more about the man and the book: