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Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family…

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

by Byron Pitts

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An inspiring book by a very interesting Christian! Mr. Pitts has overcome so much to get to where he is today. God placed so many people in his life who were there at exactly the right time. Great reading! Hope he writes another! ( )
  TFS93 | Mar 4, 2010 |
Very educated man -- starting from nothing to really becoming SOMETHING. Makes you realize that anyone who sets their mind to something can make it happen. Thank you for giving us hope and letting us know there are every day people that did not get things handed to them --- they had to work for them.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity read this book.
Very good story. ( )
  tackerman1 | Jan 20, 2010 |
From a boy who couldn't read to a man who wrote a book, Byron Pitts does a good job telling his story. I enjoyed "Step Out on Nothing". Mr. Pitts tells his story of overcoming so much. It is inspiring. I just wish it had more feeling. The moments that will touch your heart are the way too short stories Mr. Pitts talks about those news stories that have touched him. ( )
  13rubberducks | Nov 26, 2009 |
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It was August 25, 2006, my first on-camera studio open for the CBS News broadcast 60 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."

In Step 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 youth—his parents separated when he was twelve and his mother worked two jobs to make ends meet—he 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 him—from 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 Award–winning journalist and a contributing correspondent for 60 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.

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The author outlines the disadvantages he overcame in the pursuit of his career, from his abandonment by his father in childhood and tough inner-city upbringing to his speech impediment and functional illiteracy.

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