40 Days to a Better Me: Day 18–Reading is Fundamental

I am showing my age with this one. I remember the “RIFF” commercials that aired nearly forty years ago. RIFF stands for reading is fundamental. The program was initiated to motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIFF would go into neighborhoods and communities and provide free books for children. These books would act as seeds of inspiration to our nation’s most vulnerable children. Books were distributed by the thousands to schools, community centers and homeless shelters. RIFF emphasized the importance of reading.

While I was in college I worked with a young man named Craig. Craig was a good dependable worker. He was kind and considerate, but Craig could not read. It seems that Craig was one of those students you hear about. He had been promoted from one grade to the next and had never learned to read.

The economy in the early 1980’s took a nose dive and economic hard times fell on many businesses including the one Craig and I worked for. Hours were being cut back and it looked as if layoffs were ahead. I mentioned my concern for Craig to my supervisor. He had some skills, but not being able to read would definitely be a hindrance for him in the work place. I suggested that perhaps maybe the military would be an option for Craig. My supervisor said that the military would reject him. The reason was because if he could not read, then he would have problem comprehending commands. When a person cannot read it really can impact their life.

The importance of reading cannot be understated. The more you read the more you know. And, the more you know the more opportunity opens to you. If you want to succeed in life—be a reader. If you want to earn more read more. If you want to excel in your field devote yourself to reading a book a week in that area. Read a book a week will result in over fifty books per year. That will provide you with more knowledge than most in your field of expertise. Can you imagine what they can do to your life?

Each day devote to reading thirty to sixty minutes every day. Read something inspirational, spiritual, or motivating first thing in the morning. Fill your mind with good nutritious mental protein. Television is entertaining but it is the equivalent of mental candy. It will not do for you what reading can. So, instead of spending several hours a week watching television, spend that time reading.

If you are not a good reader, buy books on audio and play them in your car or walk man. Turn drive time into learning time. The hours you spend behind the wheel of your car in a year listening to audios will work out to several college credit hours. Rather than listening to talk radio or music spend that time investing in your future. You will be glad you did.

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~ by DanielToops.com on March 30, 2011.

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