Monday, July 14, 2014

Why Literacy Equals Success

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Some months ago, my sister, who lives with me, told me a really cool story. I wanted to share it on the blog, and asked her about the reference. Yeah, she has no idea. I thought it was a true story, but she tells me she thought she read it in a fiction book. Ayn Rand, perhaps. Though after extensive googling, we couldn't find any references to it. So, maybe if anyone recognizes it, you can help me out in that regard?

The story is about a very successful man, who talks about his childhood on the "wrong side of the tracks." This is quite literal for him because, in his neighborhood, a large train yard separated the poor houses from the wealthy ones. As a child, he would creep through the train yard and squat on the edge of it, looking at the rich houses and marveling at their lifestyle. He often wondered what it was that made those houses so nice and those people so rich, while people in his neighborhood remained poor and unsuccessful.

Eventually, this gutsy kid started going door to door, asking the wealthy questions, and sometimes even if he could see the inside of their houses. Many of them humored him, being just a kid and all.

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In the end, he could only find one difference between the houses in the rich part of town, and those in his home neighborhood: 

BOOKS!

The rich had libraries full of books, most of which they had read, while those in his neighborhood only read, as a general rule, when they absolutely had to.

So, there you have it. Reading books = success in life. It can't get much simpler than that.

Thoughts? Feelings? Insights? Anybody know the reference for this story?

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  1. Never heard the story before, so no idea if it's true or not. But books open up a world of imagination and possibility, not to mention just possessing the ability to read.

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    1. Agreed. You can't progress in the world without being able to read. And your life is always so much richer for it. :D

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  2. Books are the key to knowledge and success, so that makes sense Liesel.

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    1. Definitely the key to knowledge. And imagination. And lots of other things. :D Thanks Maurice!

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