Educational Quotations – Thoughts 13
A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. – Mark Twain
At first glance, you might find this quotation a little confusing or even simplistic.
It is, however, a very important point. Over the years, I have had several students who claim that they “can” do the work, but they don’t want to. They often believe that they can pick it up next year, or before secondary school, or before they graduate secondary school, etc.
Procrastination can be comforting for the moment, but the debt load is massive later!
If you chose not to learn, then you are no more knowledgeable or capable than those who cannot learn.
In fact, I would say that you are in an even worse situation because you actually had a choice and decided not to bother.
Sometimes students think they can “catch up” later; but, generally once they have missed out on a lot of the foundational skills, they truly can’t catch up – at least not easily and not in the given time frame.
Think about it, if you are not willing to put forth the effort now, will you really be willing to put forth ten times the effort later? Probably not. There will be another excuse or rationalization.
Choose to read now.
Choose to learn now and forever.
Become a life-long learner, and you will reap all the benefits that you deserve.
If you had a winning lottery ticket, would you want to wait until next year to get your money? How about four years?
That seems silly, doesn’t it?
If you have the ability, use it to your own advantage. Why would you not!
I know that you will become the person you want to be. Start now by picking up a book and reading.
It’s not only fun, but you can learn so much.