Reading is one of the soundest investments you can make in yourself. Soak-up-facts method of education is not what we are talking about. Real education is that which develops and cultivates the mind. Anything which improves thinking ability is good education. The word educate is said to be derived from the Latin word ‘educo’ meaning to educe, to draw out, to develop from within. An educated man is therefore not one who has an abundance of knowledge, but one who has developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, without violating the rights of others. An educated man is one who knows what information he needs, where to get that knowledge when he needs it, and how to organise and utilise this knowledge to accomplish his objectives.
We like to spend money on comfort or entertainment, but according to the book ‘Blow the Cap off your Capability’ by Yomi Akinpelu, it is wiser to invest in our personal growth and character. God wants us to take some of our money and invest it in ourselves — in personal and spiritual improvement. He wants you to develop skills and educate yourself so that you can become the kind of person he has designed you to be. Every time you buy a book or a CD that helps you grow, you’ve invested in yourself. Investment in your personal growth is using your money the right way and it’s an investment that yields a bountiful return. There are many skills you can acquire through reading. For example, if you want to be an articulate person or a speaker, develop the habit of reading daily for about thirty minutes and writing for at least twenty minutes.
A wise man once said ‘there is no mountain anywhere, every man’s ignorance is his mountain’.
Author: Yomi is a wordsmith, passionate about books, reading, education, healing and health. She has appeared several times on television and radio; speaking about her passion. She has Master’s degree in Medical Immunology from the College of Medicine, University of London and worked at a postgraduate college of medicine in London for over a decade before pursuing her passion for writing. She is the author of four books.