In early elementary school we learn to read. Through middle and late elementary we refine the skills and begin to read to learn. From that point forward, our acquisition of knowledge changes radically. And today, when the trend of business and global infrastructure revolves around Information, how can we be successful without the ability to read and read well?
In the January 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges, there is an article, “A To-Do List for Your College Search. “ The article is great as it addresses activities that need to be done each year of high school, but one that caught my eye was in the Freshman Year. The recommendation was, “Read voraciously.” It’s true. The more you read, your reading will improve as will your vocabulary. Thus, your success on tests improves and your class performance.
The Highlands Ability Battery is a wonderful assessment of natural abilities and provides lots of great information for career path. The funny thing is, even the Highlands Company recognized in the early 1920’s that vocabulary is so important to future success that while it is not a natural ability, vocabulary can be increased through reading and can serve as a significant indicator and enhancement to your success. While math and English, science and history are not part of the assessment, the developers of the Highlands Ability Battery included vocabulary because of its power and influence on our work lives.
In a world where many believe “Knowledge is Power” or that the global world of 24/7 breaking news and technological advancements are going to shape an entirely new work force, they are paying attention to the trend. The question is, “Will you?”
If reading increases knowledge, and “Knowledge is Power”, then opportunities for success increase with reading. So, read voraciously. Read books, read magazines, trade journals, newspapers, the web or anything you find interesting. Build your vocabulary; increase your performance and your career opportunities. Reading = Success.
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