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Ben Carson says avoiding 'negative peers' is the key to success

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Circa Renaissance: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens explains how nothing comes easy

Circa Renaissance is a co-production with Armstrong Williams productions where notable figures give advice to a younger generation. This week is Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson.

So, what is the one thing young leaders should avoid in order to succeed?

"Negative peers," said Carson.  "People who don’t necessarily have your best interest in mind and will frequently lead you astray. And then when you’re in trouble they’re nowhere to be seen."

Carson, who grew up in a modest home in Detroit, later went on to become a neurosurgeon and was the first doctor to successfully separate conjoined twins.

Carson is currently serving as the 17th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Trump Administration. In 2016 he was a presidential candidate in the Republican primaries. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School. He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1984 until he retired in 2013.

At his swearing in ceremony

Circa Renaissance: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens explains how nothing comes easy

For more Circa Renaissance, check out Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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