Step Out on Nothing How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges

ISBN-10: 0312579993
ISBN-13: 9780312579999
Edition: Revised 
Authors: Byron Pitts
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List price: $23.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

It was August 25, 2006, my first on-camera studio open for the CBS News broadcast60 Minutes. Executive Producer Jeff Fager poked his head in the dressing room." Good luck, Brotha! You've come a long way to get here. You've earned it." ...If only he knew. My mind flashed back to elementary school, when a therapist had informed my mother, "I'm sorry, Mrs. Pitts, your son cannot read."InStep Out on Nothing, Byron Pitts chronicles his astonishing story of overcoming a childhood filled with obstacles to achieve enormous success in life. Throughout Byron's difficult youthhis parents separated when he was twelve and his mother worked two jobs to make ends meethe suffered from a debilitating stutter. But Byron was keeping an even more embarrassing secret: He was also functionally illiterate. For a kid from inner-city Baltimore, it was a recipe for failure. Pitts turned struggle into strength and overcame both of his impediments. Along the way, a few key people "stepped out on nothing" to make a difference for himfrom his mother, who worked tirelessly to raise her kids right and delivered ample amounts of tough love, to his college roommate, who helped Byron practice his vocabulary and speech. Pitts even learns from those who didn't believe in him, like the college professor who labeled him a failure and told him to drop out of college. Through it all, he persevered, following his steadfast passion. After fifteen years in local television, he landed a job as a correspondent for CBS News in 1998, and went on to become an Emmy Awardwinning journalist and a contributing correspondent for60 Minutes. Not bad for a kid who couldn't read. From a challenged youth to a reporting career that has covered 9/11 and Iraq, Pitts's triumphant and uplifting story will resonate with anyone who has felt like giving up in the face of seemingly insurmountable hardships.

Introduction
Mustard Seed Faith-With It You Can Move Mountains
Keep Your Head Up
Quiet Discipline
Who's Got Your Back?
The Hands That Pull You Up
Letters from Home
An Angel from Estonia
Never Say I'll Try, Say I Will
It Never Gets Easier-You Just Get Stronger
Valley of the Shadow of Death
Love the Least of Us
The Power of Prayer and Optimism
The Power of Forgiveness: When Father and Son Talk as Men
Earthquake in Haiti: When Life Is Unfair
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Index

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