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Education is what drives this country and many of the world's leading countries' economies. Why? Simply because the people who understand how to do things better, faster, and with higher quality receive the highest incomes. The United States is well educated as a whole, but there are some people who are beyond normal education. These are the leaders of our generation. People like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and many others should create their own colleges, in order to teach people that education doesn't end after high school or college, and that there are many different education models to fit certain students. Like water is necessary for your plants to grow, education is also necessary for your mind to grow. Proper education should be given to everyone starting as a young child, and JCC daycare is one of the most prestigious institutions that understands the importance of proper education for children. For that reason, in this article we will be discussing the topic of education and the benefits of gaining a good education.
The Benefits of Gaining a Good Education
The way we define words has a large effect on the way we think and imagine things. For example, you might define something good as something that's acceptable and causes no harm. You may define bad as the opposite, but then with this definition all schools would be good and all education would be good. But we believe a good education is one that teaches you to continue learning for your own sake, without the need of a teacher assigning you what to educate yourself on.
Most people stop their education once they begin to be engulfed in their occupation. They use this as an excuse because they are enjoying their work, are making good money, and are comfortable with their lives. Comfort is the worst enemy one can have because it stops all creative behavior and drive to want to achieve more. It makes one complacent, and believes there's nothing more to life, but because they have shut their eyes to the knowledge and power of education, they cannot see any further.
I personally read about one book per week. Right now it is July of 2019 and I have read 26 books so far which puts me at about 1 book per week exactly. I cannot imagine what I would be doing and how my mind would be if it weren't for the now hundreds of books I have read. Reading is attributed as one of the most powerful wealth indicators that a person can have. The statistic for all CEOs is about 64 books per year which is about 1.25 books per week. This takes a lot of time, patience, and focus but the benefits are fantastic. Take into consideration that there are many different methods of education and learning, but it all starts with books, so here are some of the benefits of continuing to educate yourself, even if it's only by reading.
- Entertainment for Free
- Improved writing skills
- Better concentration and focus
- Better thinking and analytical skills
- Improves memory
- Expand vocabulary
- Reduces Stress
- Stimulates the mind
These are simply the benefits of education through reading books. There's something called the cone of learning or "the pyramid of learning" and it lists books at the bottom since we tend to shrink what we retained from the book drastically. We have to take action using what we learn from our new education so that we can retain it in the future, and so that it becomes useful. Now, the benefits listed include free entertainment because whether you're taking a course or reading a book, you're being entertained in a passive manner. Reading offers tranquility to the reader, due to its high focus and minimal sound. Because you're reading the words of great writers, you will subconsciously improve your own writing in the future. The more you read, the better your writing will become. The focus and concentration will definitely be improved because reading a book every week requires many hours of sitting or laying in one spot, flipping every page. This has a deep effect on how focused you are with other aspects of your life as well.
Your thinking and analytical skills will develop as well since there's always something that your brain is looking for, and it is always analyzing past, present, and future events and information. You will expand your vocabulary and as you remember what you read in a certain book, your memory will become enhanced as well. Because of reading, I have seen a large improvement in the way that I visualize when trying to remember something. It is a bit like projecting onto a screen, everything you've seen but looking for a specific event. Yes, reading books also reduces stress and stimulates the mind, but the best thing you will gain from having to focus for hours on end, will be the knowledge to understand whatever it is you want.
A College Education
Now, let's switch the topic a little to the other side. What if you went to a great college? Well then you will already be more educated than most people in America, but even then, you will need to continue to educate yourself, and we are very sure that the large corporations you will be working for will have you take education within their facilities. An education in finance from Harvard is a great thing to have on your resume. Nowadays, it seems that education from traditional colleges is simply a method to gain a degree in order to get a job, as it should be the other way around, to become better at the degree that was studied in college. Most students with a college degree end up working at restaurants because they either can't finish their education for whatever reason, or the jobs they want require a higher degree of education.
So, what do you do if you're either too qualified or not qualified enough to work at a job where what you learned in college is actually being practiced? One way to answer this question is to tell you to start your own business. Now, you will say "I went to college to work in a field, not to own a company." But, what if you employed yourself AND owned the company that was actually doing something that you learned in college? Yes, it's a different type of thinking, but it is the thinking that will save you from having to work night shifts at a restaurant. Look, you may be more qualified than you think you are, all you have to do is try and see if you like it.
What reading books has taught me is that there are things we don't know about because we're simply unaware that they even exist. When you begin to be introduced to an idea that has multiple parts too hard to understand as a whole, you will spend multiple hours reading different books on the topic. This is great because you will begin to open your eyes to something that you didn't even know existed. It's hard to put into words, but I'm sure that once you begin to read on a consistent basis and are able to connect the knowledge together, you will feel the same way.
Finally, the last way we will introduce into the learning on your own section is to attend seminars. Napoleon Hill's book Think and Grow Rich explains the mastermind principle in which he describes groups like seminars where the minds of everyone become one mind. When this happens, the energy and ideas of everyone in the group are shared with everyone else, and thus a super mind is created. These types of events are great because they're typically free, you will learn real-life education, and you will meet people with a like mind who have the potential to become business partners, friends, or whatever else you'd like. And like I said, once you begin to connect the dots, gain the knowledge, increase your focus potential and understand what books and information are doing to your brain, you will be amazed and will want to share it with others as well.
In conclusion in this article we discussed the topic of educating yourself. Education doesn't end after high school or college, we believe education is for life and the more you educate yourself by reading and taking courses, the better your life will be. The reason is you will be able to understand and connect topics, ideas, and information that are not available for those that haven't read the same things as you. Remember, the average CEO in America reads an average of 64 books per year, which equates to more than one book per week, so if you want to stay above normal, you will need to read more than that. For those who already read, you will understand. I leave you with this quote, "leaders are readers."