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Education is the key to lifelong success. No one can give it to you or buy it for you. You must have a desire for it yourself and then earn it through diligent study accompanied by hard work and ongoing effort. The acquisition of knowledge is not an end in itself, but the application of knowledge is the ultimate purpose of learning. What we do with what we know, is far more significant than what we know.

It is important to remember that education does not begin and end at the schoolhouse door. After commencement, books should not be discarded as we are officially pronounced “educated.”  Rather books should be cultivated as good friends, even as mastermind alliances, that directly assist us in the pursuit of our goals. When you read thoughtfully you actively engage yourself in the process. There is a real receiving of knowledge as you interact with the printed page and process the information. As an active reader, you are engaged and involved in an exchange of knowledge.

Why read when you can just listen to audios or watch TV? Reading is fundamental to success because the written word functions as a storehouse of knowledge, a time capsule that waits for you to open it for the value that it can provide now, tomorrow, and forever. Words are immortal. We learn about the lives of legendary figures through their words and the stories written about them. Their biographies provide us with background information upon which we can customize our own lives on purpose.

Reading develops a love of learning. Learning leads to a desire for education. Proper education can lead to the development of sound character, and sound character contributes greatly to lifelong success. The process is lengthy, but there is no substitution. Put your money on education, and the dividends will be there as long as you apply what you learn! Reading provides equal opportunity for everyone who can make sense out of the printed page. It is well worth your long-term effort.

Resources: Napoleon Hill Foundation

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The man of few words and settled mind is wise; therefore, even a fool is thought to be wise when he is silent. It pays him to keep his mouth shut.

Proverbs 17: 27,28 (The Living Bible)

It is very interesting to note how some people can’t ever stop talking. They go on and on about endless subjects, without ever saying anything of substance. You can know a lot about a person by observing and listening to what comes out of their mouth. What is in your heart, comes out your mouth. There are many fools that believe they know everything, when in reality, they know absolutely nothing on many subjects.

It seems to me that we can learn from reading and observing things from other people. We do not need to broadcast to the world everything we know. A person with a quiet spirit usually has wisdom to go along with great knowledge. I believe we should be life long learners, teach others by sharing only when asked. Don’t ever force your knowledge and recommendations on another person. Let people get to know you first, and then they will discover your true beauty, in your quiet spirit and a man or women of great wisdom.

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Wisdom

Have two goals: wisdom, that is, knowing and doing right, and common sense. Don’t let them slip away, for they fill you with living energy, and bring you honor and respect.

Proverbs: 4:21,22 (The Living Bible)

The Bible teaches that in all the things that you can obtain in life, wisdom is the greatest. As we go through life, so many people believe that material things will bring you happiness. They do make things in life easier, but do they truly give you the peace and contentment that your soul longs for? Wisdom should be our greatest goal. The Bible also says that Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. He had great wealth that surpassed every one around him. Solomon also had his big loss when he could not overcome the many temptations of women in his life, and it destroyed him. His wisdom was unmatched, yet his common sense was not very good.

I have known people who had great common sense, but no wisdom. Also, I have known people who have had great wisdom, but yet they lacked any common sense. It takes a big individual to have both of these qualities. I went through the majority of my life with wisdom from the Bible, but I had terrible common sense. I was not able sometimes to judge if I was making the right decision or not until it was too late. Ask God today to give you both wisdom and common sense in your life and He will direct your paths. God gives us the resources to make good decisions and to use wisdom in our daily lives. I pray that you seek after wisdom, as wisdom will never let you down.

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Being Positive

“How often we are discouraged from doing what we know we are capable of doing because of negative comments and concerns from friends and family. Instead of enthusiastically stating: “You can do it!,” “You’re the best person for the job,” “I’m glad that someone has finally recognized your talent,” “That creative idea will get you places,” and other pat on the back comments, our “supporters” say just the opposite.

Their little negative seeds become implanted in our subconscious mind and begin to sprout seedlings of self-sabotage and disrespect for our innate positive capabilities. Insidious comments from “well-meaning” supporters begin to snake their way through our psyche until they begin to rear their ugly heads from the inside out. These alien thoughts put a strain on our self-confidence and become the outcome that we never wanted in the first place. What we thought of as our million dollar idea now is demoted to idle mental chatter. We now ask ourselves, ‘How could I ever have thought I was capable of achieving that goal?” The “I can do it” mantra is replaced with the “That’s a stupid idea” affirmation and all ends in the landfill of un-accomplished goals.   

With a little help from our well-meaning friends and family we become resigned to the tried and true, the ordinary, the customary, and the status quo. Thoughts that are outside the norm are labeled crazy, crackpot ideas that have no practical merit. Who would ever support me in something so extraordinarily stupid? Why did I think this was a good idea? What was I thinking anyway? And the self-abuse goes on and on.

Stop! You are the only person who can end the negative mental bombardment. Refuse to relinquish your personal belief in a positive outcome. Listen to the naysayers, consider their well-meaning opinions and concerns, and then proceed in the direction of your own choosing armed with the ammunition that they have provided. A known adversary is easier to conquer than an unknown one, and they have just allowed you to be forewarned of their impending attack if you decide to proceed.

Do an about-face. Walk in the direction of your belief. Have faith in the outcome. And, be assured that they won’t be gaining on you because they do not have the courage of their own convictions. Rather, they will continue to stay in the negative environment that they have created because it has become their comfort zone. As bad as it is, they remain there because it is a known that they can deal with rather than an unknown that you represent.

When you affirm that your greatest power is your power to choose, you honor your inborn ability to make wise, personally empowering choices. Life is what you make it. Choose for yourself and you will be the better for it.”

Resources: Napoleon Hill Foundation

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Talk to people about themselves and they will listen for hours. 

Benjamin Disraeli

As an educator, I love to hear when someone has an opinion, thought, or observation. If we all agreed on the same things, this world would be unbearable. Different opinions contribute to the great society that we have today. We can all learn from each other. Every person loves to comment and give their opinion on almost any topic. Whatever background you are from, you want to give your opinion. Opinions are going around hot and heavy today as we try to figure out what is going on in the United States of America.

Some people agree with the health care issue, and some do not. Some have ideas on the economy, and some choose to just ride it out. Observations on life, government, and any other issue is a great freedom that we have. Many countries censor people for their opinions and observations. Free speech is vital to the growth of this country and it is a civil right for every person. We have so many cultures and such diversity today and we all can learn a little bit about each other. Free speech is great, but we must always remember to respect every individuals right to their opinions and thoughts, even if we do not agree with them. Let freedom ring!

 

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“Born in West Hartford, Connecticut on October 16, 1758, Noah Webster is best known today for his magnum opus, An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828). But as David Micklethwait reveals in Noah Webster and the American Dictionary (McFarland, 2005), lexicography wasn’t Webster’s only great passion, and the dictionary wasn’t even his best-selling book.

By way of introduction, here are ten facts worth knowing about the great American lexicographer Noah Webster.

  1. During his first career as a schoolteacher at the time of the American Revolution, Webster was concerned that most of his students’ textbooks came from England. So in 1783 he published his own American text, A Grammatical Institute of the English Language. The “Blue-Backed Speller,” as it was popularly known, went on to sell nearly 100 million copies over the next century.

  2. Webster subscribed to the biblical account of the origin of language, believing that all languages derived from Chaldee, an Aramaic dialect.

  3. Though he fought for a strong federal government, Webster opposed plans to include a Bill of Rights in the Constitution. “Liberty is never secured with such paper declarations,” he wrote, “nor lost for want of them.”

  4. Even though he himself borrowed shamelessly from Thomas Dilworth’s New Guide to the English Tongue (1740) and Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1755), Webster fought vigorously to protect his own work from plagiarists. His efforts led to the creation of the first federal copyright laws in 1790.

  5. In 1793 he founded one of New York City’s first daily newspapers, American Minerva, which he edited for four years.

  6. Webster’s Compendious Dictionary of the English Language (1806), a forerunner of An American Dictionary, sparked a “war of the dictionaries” with rival lexicographer Joseph Worcester. But Worcester’s Comprehensive Pronouncing and Explanatory English Dictionary didn’t stand a chance. Webster’s work, with 5,000 words not included in British dictionaries and with definitions based on the usage of American writers, soon became the recognized authority.

  7. In 1810, he published a booklet on global warming titled “Are Our Winters Getting Warmer?”

  8. Although Webster is credited for introducing such distinctive American spellings as color, humor, and center (for British colour, humour, and centre), many of his innovative spellings (including masheen for machine and yung for young) failed to catch on. See Noah Webster’s Plan to Reform English Spelling.

  9. Webster was one of the principal founders of Amherst College in Massachusetts.

  10. In 1833 he published his own edition of the Bible, updating the vocabulary of the King James Version and cleansing it of any words that he thought might be considered “offensive, especially for females.”

In 1966, Webster’s restored birthplace and childhood home in West Hartford was reopened as a museum, which you may visit online at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. After the tour, you may feel inspired to browse through the original edition of Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language.”

Richard Nordquist, About.com

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