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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?  Click here.

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.  Subscribe to my weekly inspirational podcast now.

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