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

Byron Pitts

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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.

Language:

English

Length:

6h 26m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:12


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:33


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:49


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:48


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:44


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:37


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:51


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:26


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:28


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:55


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:10


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:56


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

00:23