Funny how true it is that “to hide anything from an African man, put it in a book”. It is clear, I mean very clear that the reasons we’ve gotten where we are as a nation today and even in our personal lives is due to the kind of information we carry. Have you set a destination for yourself? What information do you carry to get there? It’s what we know that determines how far we go.
We are not permitted to make same mistakes by previous generations because now we have easy access to enough information in the global world of today. We are in the best of times as well as the worst of times, it is best for those who seek knowledge and worst for those who ignore it. Great readers become great leaders. If you are not loaded, your head would become a load and you’d have nothing to offload. What if Jesus didn’t have enough of the Word to fight the devil? What if Bill gates didn’t have enough information to create Microsoft? What if, oh! Just what if? Develop a reading culture and seek for facts. I always wondered how people do not know how much you can gain from buying a book for just 200 naira. I have read quite a number of life transforming books and the information I gained are so priceless compared to the price paid for the book.
It’s true in life that you EARN more by applying the principles you’ve lEARNt. We see here that “what you learn determines what you earn”.
Show me the kind of books you read and I’d tell you where your life leads to, though, try not to be an information monger but rather be an information user. To acquire knowledge without application is like having a car and still trekking to work every day.
What you know determines how far you go. Success is just another word for well applied knowledge. To stand out from a crowd, you must first stand out in knowledge. To do more than others then there must be something you know more than the others. Charles Steinmetz, a great electrical engineer was once invited to repair in huge electrical generator in a company’s factory. After a few days of research with the generator, its electrical drawings, a paper and a pencil, He walked up to a dynamo and made a large “X” in chalk on the casing, and gave instructions to the technicians on what to do and the generator would work. Indeed when they followed the instructions, it worked. The manager was thrilled, and told him to send an invoice. The bill was for $1,000. The manger got furious and asked him to send his invoice. The manger received the invoice and it contained two items: $1 charge for marking the casing with an X; $999 for knowing where to put it. Indeed he got paid because of his knowledge.
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