North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson tells of his life growing up in a poor, abusive home and how the lessons he learned from his mom guided his entire life afterwards.

In his new book “We Are the Majority: The Life and Passions of a Patriot,” Robinson tells the story of when his alcoholic father died, a friend of the family told his mom that she could now collect “the welfare.” But Robinson’s mom refused, and instead chose to go to work – despite having no work experience or high school education.

But she was able to provide for her family and that taught Robinson that work was the pathway to success in life.