“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” ― George Washington Carver
On the hunt for a good biography to dive into? I. GOT. YOU. This biography about George Washington Carver is one of my favorites!
Born into slavery, his life story is one of unfortunate, unfair circumstances met with relentless perseverance. Naturally gifted in the field of botany, he fought and stopped at nothing to get an education. He was the first African American to enroll at Iowa State University where he received a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He was hired by Booker T. Washington to oversee the agricultural department of Tuskegee Institute where he spent most of his adult life.
Most famously known as the peanut man, he invented over 300 uses for peanuts. It would be a mistake to assume this was his only contribution to science as he also developed multiple uses for sweet potatoes and soybeans along with important research and multiple contributions to agricultural education.
“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. ” ― George Washington Carver
Even with the all his success, he remained a humble man. He refused pay raises and would even forget to cash paychecks at times. The inscription on his grave couldn’t be more perfect. It reads, “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.”
If you need proof that you absolutely can achieve what you set out do…read this book.
If you’ve ever felt like the obstacles in your path are just too big to overcome…this one is for you.
If you just want to read a book about an absolutely brilliant man who refused to let anything stop him from what he was destined to do…here you go.
What a life.
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” ― George Washington Carver
Fun side notes: Tuskegee Institute is not too far from where I live, and I was able to visit the George Washington Carver Museum on campus. It was super cool and if you’re ever nearby I highly recommend it.
Also, I bought my copy of this book online and it came with some old signatures on the inside. I thought I would share in case somebody out there shares my appreciation for old books.
PUBLICATION DETAILS: Prentice Hall Direct, June 1, 1966, 0133539040