Monday, July 14, 2014
Why Literacy Equals Success
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.
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?