Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges” as Want to Read:
Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  174 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
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 cann
...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Step Out on Nothing, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Step Out on Nothing

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Colette Byfield
Oct 03, 2012 Colette Byfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And I thought all 60 Minutes anchors were required to be die-hard skeptics. Byron Pitts indeed steps out on untraveled territory in a soul stirring, heart wrenching autobiography of his personal struggles to a coveted anchor position on 60 Minutes.

An illiterate, skinny stutterer from a broken home for much of his early life, Pitts was an unlikely candidate for any significant position, let alone one as a television journalist, but as Pitts tells it, his faith brought him over every obstacle he e
...more
Janet Maisel
Apr 19, 2010 Janet Maisel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a book on cd to listen to while commuting to work. This was a ramdom choice simply because it was a biography. I love it! I am only on the first CD but when i pulled into the parking I check to see how many CD's there are to listen to and was sad to see that there are only 5!. Byron Pitts is well known for his spot on 60 minutes. There are many things that intrique me about this so far - there is a spiritual (christian) connection, which I didn't know until I started listening ...more
M.
Aug 26, 2010 M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an autobiography about perserverance and hard work to overcome what appear to be overwhelming difficulties. Byron Pitts couldn't learn to read although he hid it well for several years. He also had a stutter which kept him from speaking up in class or anywhere else. He was sent "to the basement," the class for kids who couldn't learn, who had behavioral problems, etc. With the help of a very determined mother and a lot of other people, he finally learned to read, finished high school, an ...more
Tiffany
Feb 23, 2010 Tiffany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tiffany by: Cynthia
Shelves: mom-recommends
Mom, I'm finally reading this one! It took forever for it to become availabe at the library. I'm not a regular '60 Minutes' viewer, so I'm not that familiar with the author, but I look forward to finding out more about this inspiring story.

I am so ashamed that it has taken me this long to post my review of this book, which I finished over a month ago. For some reason, I thought I had done it but I guess not. This book came highly recommended by my Mom, so I went it with high hopes. Overall, I w
...more
Deb
Feb 02, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We heard Byron speak at the Celebration of Reading in the fall. His is a story of determination, faith, and people in his life who mad a difference. When he was about to give up or give in, people helped and encouraged him. He is an optimist and a Christian whose belief got him through the tough times. Amazing story of a boy who was functionally illiterate until age 12 and a stutterer until his twenties who became a national correspondent. He certainly did not have a happy homelife, but he had a ...more
MaryHelen
May 05, 2011 MaryHelen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This autobiography was very well written and quite interesting. Byron Pitts was born into a lower income minority family to parents who eventually divorced. In addition to his family's lack of finances, he struggled with stuttering, functional illiteracy, an absentee father, and numerous other challenges during his life. A hard worker who had help along the way, he eventually graduated from college and achieved his dreams, becoming an unqualified success as a broadcast journalist and 60 MINUTES ...more
Veronica
Jul 22, 2015 Veronica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in a good thrift store brand new. I could not believe this gem was in the store because it is a must read for young adults who think the world ends over day to day crap. Get off of junk media and read a book.
Jackie Kelly
Jun 12, 2016 Jackie Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read, it should be read by high school students who can't see any way out. Very inspirational
Renee
Dec 25, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My eldest dd had Byron Pitts speak at her college so she brought home this book for me to read. Great story.
Ariana
Nov 06, 2009 Ariana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He came to speak to our 8th graders and he is amazing.
Arthur Stuart
Oct 08, 2016 Arthur Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal book. I originally saw Byron as a keynote speaker at a graduation at my alma mater of North Carolina A&T State University and instantly bought his book afterwards. It's a book of his experiences and how he was able to overcome a variety of obstacles he faced while pursuing his dream as a journalist.

A lot of invaluable nuggets of wisdom for anyone who is chasing their dreams. One takeaway that I took away from this book is the importance of dreaming boldly, and being intentional a
...more
Nancy Kennedy
Feb 03, 2012 Nancy Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after hearing Byron Pitts speak about his struggles as the child of a single mom growing up in a poor section of Baltimore. It is no spoiler to say that this respected journalist struggled to overcome stuttering and had to face the fact that as a teen he was functionally illiterate.

This is Mr. Pitts's story about starting over again as a reviled "basement boy" in remedial classes and his ensuing struggle to overcome severe learning difficulties. At a time when little was underst
...more
Ice
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis
This book was so inpiring and says a lot about learning to forgive those who do wrong to you. Mr. Pitts is a Christian whose stories are heartwrenching and also uplifting. This book reminded me of Tony Dungy's book, if you liked it you will like this.
My favorite quote from the book "I know that in all the darkest, loneliest moments of my life, when I felt the world was against me and the winds of conventional wisdom were in my face, in those moments, God held me in the palm of His hand"! Wonderf
...more
Maghan Rogers
I read this book as a requirement for a class and was pleasantly surprised. It is very inspirational! I loved how Byron freely discussed the challenges that he has faced in his life, and how he was also able to take something positive from those experiences. I also loved how those experiences were detailed so that the reader fully captures the magnitude that they had on Byron's life. He doesn't fail to mention the people who were positive influences on his life, either. This is a good book and I ...more
Jewell Moore
Aug 18, 2013 Jewell Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The power of single parents and those who loved them. Bryan is such a great example to our young men, but his book is more an example to young moms to hang in there and connect with your church and local community...that's where your help comes from through them through God. Every Boys and Girls club and elementary school should have this book and read it to their students!
Thank you. You paved so many roads.
Cathy
Sep 13, 2010 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful inspiring true story of persistence and faith. I loved the early stories of his coping with his reading disorder and stuttering and how he worked so hard to get a start in the news business. The last part of the book that deals with some of the news stories he has covered was interesting, but not as personal or as well-told.
Lori
Oct 13, 2009 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great inspirational read. He started out a functional illiterate who stuttered and today he reports for 60 minutes. He credits the Grace of God, his mother and a number of of angels along the way for seeing him through.
Judy
Sep 09, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story of overcoming the odds. News reporter Byron Pitts was illiterate until he was 12 years old, and through his own determination and that of his mother learned to read and rose above special ed to graduate from college and become a 60 Minutes reporter.
Michael
Feb 07, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent autobiography and a reminder that with hard work, humility and faith one can overcome negative influences and achieve greatness.
Yvonne
May 06, 2010 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would make a great book-group book, an "almost" gentle read (his mom drops the F bomb once) and it truly inspires.
Dtmccoy
May 20, 2013 Dtmccoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
Although Byron is a dear friend, I knew him for several years before I knew his story. His book is heart warming an inspirational. Too bad we can't live up to our stories.
Ndutahme
There is something about faith!!! Byron is a perfect example of blocking all the naysayers and pursuing your dreams! I was inspired.
Pat
Oct 27, 2011 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book, funny how somebody my own age could have a life so different than my upbringing. Well written and an easy read.
Karen Gibson
Excellent autobiography of 60 Minutes Correspondent, Byron Pitts.
He overcame illiteracy to become a national reporter.
Very faith filled.
Cynthia
Aug 16, 2014 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios-memoirs, audible
I really enjoyed listening to the reading of this book. I can't believe how open the author was on his life.
Elizabeth
May 19, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Inspiring and eye-opening. I'd rate it pG-13 for language and crazy family stuff. Very inspiring, though.
Lavonia
Lavonia rated it it was amazing
Nov 02, 2011
Mary
Mary rated it it was amazing
Jun 13, 2015
Carrie
Apr 12, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, you would never guess the problems this amazing reporter had in school.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and Reconnect with Their Fathers
  • Hillel: If Not Now, When? (Jewish Encounters Series)
  • A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
  • Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras
  • Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain
  • The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom: The Lessons That Made My Life Rich
  • Gonville: A Memoir
  • Hope. . .the Best of Things
  • Mad at Miles: A Blackwoman's Guide to Truth
  • Starting Over
  • It Is Well with My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-Old Woman
  • The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring
  • The Godfather Of Soul: An Autobiography
  • Our Black Year: One Family's Quest to Buy Black in America's Racially Divided Economy
  • Original Gangster: The Real Life Story of One of America's Most Notorious Drug Lords
  • The Emancipation of Robert Sadler: The Powerful True Story of a Twentieth-Century Plantation Slave
  • An Angry-Ass Black Woman
  • We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song

Share This Book