Dr. Ben Carson's mother, Sonya, required her two young sons to learn and recite this poem when they were growing up.


If things go bad for you and make you a bit ashamed,
often you will find out that you have yourself to blame,

Swiftly, we ran to mischief and then the bad luck came,
Why do we fault others? We have ourselves to blame,

Whatever happens to us,here is what we say
"had it not been for so-and-so,things wouldn't have gone that way,"

And if you are short of friends, I'll tell you what to do,
make an examination, you'll find the faults in you,

You are the captain of your ship,so agree with the same,
If you travel downward,you have yourself to blame.