“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.”
– Henry Ford
What do we usually prefer to do in the spare time that we have? Either spend it around chit-chatting or gossiping with friends about some useless stuff rather than reading something useful and knowledgeable.
General knowledge is seriously an issue in most of the teenagers these days. They do not have their priorities set right. They are completely in the dark as to what is happening around in this world and how important it is to know whats happening in your surroundings.
Knowing everything is not possible but there are some things that are expected from a mature person that he/she must know. People usually say that they do not have the time or resources(sometimes) to read what they need.
Reading is an essential part of life. By reading you get the best gift that we could ever possess i.e. the gift of knowledge. The more we read about different things the more we know about the world and the things going on in it. The more our knowledge increases, it in a way increases your confidence. When people ask you about anything you don’t just stand there dumbfounded and give a blank look but you have something to answer related to the topic and that can happen only by reading and getting more and more exposure.
The hunger for knowledge is the only thing that will motivate you to pursue for gaining more of it.
We need to read books and newspapers or any other materials that give us information. Reading is a very good habit. It also inculcates various good things in a persons life. Reading gives us an insight into the diversity of the ethnicity of people, their customs and their lifestyles. It improves our concentration power and expands our horizon of knowledge. Research has proved that reading habits are also beneficial for children. Reading habits can enrich a child’s life, sharpen their mind, and bring fulfillment. But unfortunately, these days children are moving away from reading due to several reasons. They have enough academic reading to do for school, apart from the other distractions such as television and computer, which leaves the child with no time, or patience, for reading.
We must set our priorities accordingly because knowledge is something that will make you stand in a group of people. They will tend to notice you and also respect you for the knowledge you have. So the old saying that “Knowledge is Power” is quite true.
There are some people in this world who have achieved heights of success just based on their abilities and knowledge. They are not highly educated i.e. holding doctorate degrees but still have managed to create their mark in the history of mankind. When we read their stories as to what they have done and how they have reached to such great heights we understand that knowledge in this world matters a lot.
We do not need to go far away for an example of such men.
Shri. Dhirubhai Ambani was a great man but was against the system of formal education, he said that he did not want to sit in school and just mug away the various things that teachers would give him, instead he preferred to go outside to do some useful work. He was a man of great enthusiasm and wanted to do something to make his name. He had something what most people lack and that was A Vision and due to which his thirst for knowledge increased and from there on he never stopped learning and growing simultaneously.
Knowledge doesn’t come only through reading, it can also be gained or increased by talking to a group of experienced or knowledgeable people i.e. it can be increased by sharing.
We need to inculcate good habits of reading that increases our knowledge like books, newspapers etc for these are the things in life that matter in the long run. If you want to be special and stand in front of a group of people who look up to you, you need to increase your knowledge.
“If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind?”
– Maria Montessori