Education Is Important
By Zig Ziglar
Surely no responsible person in today’s society would deny the value of an education! The statistical data is overwhelming. There is a direct correlation between the amount of education you have and your income. While there are exceptions to that rule, by and large it holds true.
Suppose your formal education is over, what can you do to continue the growth and learning processes? I’m going to make three suggestions that will make a substantial difference in your growth. Number one, learn one new word every day. Georgetown Medical School conducted a comprehensive study and learned that in 100% of the cases, when the vocabulary went up, I.Q. also went up – no exceptions. Your understanding of what you read and hear is, to a very large degree, determined by your vocabulary, so improve your vocabulary daily. By doing so you improve your understanding of the world and your effectiveness expands. There are many resources available to increase your vocabulary. Here is one online resource: dictionary.com.
Number two, read something of significance every day. Not just novels or news or entertainment, but something related to your job, profession or personal growth. If you are an average reader of 220 words per minute, by reading just 20 minutes a day you will have read twenty 200-page books in a year’s time. That gives you a considerable edge over most people in this country. The typical American reads only two books a year, so your advantage will be pronounced. Need a good book?
Number three, take advantage of all the information on podcasts and downloads during your driving time. Many educational programs are available online and you can learn anything from goal-setting to Chinese art and the Bible. You can take courses in vocabulary-building, financial management, sales training, leadership development and a host of other things.
Think about those three suggestions. Take advantage of what’s available and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Schooling vs. Education
By Zig Ziglar
My Executive Assistant, Laurie Magers, has worked with me over thirty-three years. Although her formal education ended with the tenth grade, Laurie is far more educated and competent than any college graduate I have ever had in that position. Here’s why.
Laurie clearly understands that you can finish school – and, incidentally, she encourages everyone to do exactly that – but you never finish your education. You can make school easy; that’s not true with education. Many times it’s very difficult and it is a lifetime project.
Laurie keeps her dictionary handy, reads a lot of exceptionally good material, attends seminars, is a student of human nature and learns constantly. The result is significant. When anyone on our staff has a question about grammar or punctuation, they go to Laurie and get her input. Nearly fifteen years ago we conducted an evaluation of our key employees, and Laurie graded out at slightly above the Master’s Degree level. The exciting thing is that she has not really done anything that’s not available to most people who will be reading this column.
The neat thing about America is that if you are reading this column you can get a brilliant education for no more than the cost of getting back and forth from the library. You can read the world’s great authors in the library itself, or you can check the books out and take them home. Commitment, persistence, and a plan of action will provide you with the education you need to climb much higher on the success ladder.
The message I’m communicating should be quite clear: Don’t let a lack of schooling be an excuse for not getting an education. I can assure you it will affect your personal life, your family life and your career. So, get that education and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
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