By Jonathan Hilton
This is the second article about the things that I know for certain after a few years of trying to answer the questions of life. The access to and the willingness to read and learn is the great equalizer of all people.
Books and Reading Changed My Life
I have always been a reader, but not a learner. The books that I read for much of my life were designed to entertain and tell a story but not to teach me anything in particular. I am almost ashamed to say that I lived more than forty years before I truly discovered the power of books. This is what I have learned to be true. Not everyone is born with great athletic ability, or supportive parents, or money, but once you learn the skill of reading you able to build your intellect to any level that you desire.
You Can Do Anything
If you have access to books, you have the ability to learn from the greatest thinkers that mankind has ever produced. What you want to learn, you can learn all you want to about. This means that all of the world, science, math, literature, or physics are all there for you to
delve into as deeply as you could possibly want to.
This is what happened to me, once I started to realize that books possess a whole lot of power, I had trouble reading anything for fun. I didn’t want to waste any of my reading time with something that didn’t make me think or to gain a better understanding of the world around me. I am certainly no intellectual giant, but I do realize the miles that I have crossed, and the distance I still need to navigate. What a trip.
Once You Start…….
Much like a rock rolling down a hill, once knowledge is gained, and you feel like true understanding has started to peek through the haze of your mind, you want to learn more and more as fast as you can. The great part about this is that once you stretch your brain out, to accept these new ways of thinking, and thoughts that you have aquired, it will never shrink back again. There is no turning the light of knowledge off.
This power of gaining knowledge and understanding is the factor that levels the playing field for all people. you can feel sorry for yourself because of the circumstances that you were born into, or your experiences of life, but there is absolutely nothing stopping you from learning all that you want to from the many books of the world. All of which can be accessed free of charge at your local library.
You Can Do Anything By Reading
You have the opportunity to learn about business from Andrew Carnegie, or philosophy from Nietzsche. There are no limits to what level of expertise you want to acquire. The only limit is in the amount of time and thought that you want to invest in a particular project.
If you can read, you can do anything at all and that is a fact that I know to be true.