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In An Education Saved My Life, Professor David A. Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv unegv Waya) narrates his path from a difficult early family life, his introduction to alcohol and drugs as an adolescent, and a directionless early adulthood overshadowed by chemical dependency, to a series of events and encounters that transformed his life. Dr. Patterson Silver Wolf attributes not only the substance abuse, but the many turns that led to it, to what he calls a “poor belief system.” As the title suggests, by contrast, he attributes much of the success he has experienced since then to his education, but attributes his success in education not to innate intelligence. “A strong belief system,” he asserts, “is much more powerful than a strong IQ.” He describes the process of building a strong belief system—for him, not only a set of beliefs for him to stand by, but a set of people and a community that believed in and supported him. Unlike many biographies, Dr. Patterson Silver Wolf does not simply relate experiences and offer conjecture as to personal motivations or possible causes, but weaves in relevant sociological research from his field of expertise as it touches on turns in the narrative, making his own life—and success—a case study, and a model for others to follow.
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Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv unegv Waya), David, "An Education Saved My Life: Silver Wolf’s Path to Promise" (2015). Books and Monographs. 12.