In 1972, Jim Cathcart was working at the Little Rock, Arkansas Housing Authority, making $525 a month, with a new wife and baby at home, no college degree, no past successes, and not much hope for the foreseeable future.
One morning, he was sitting in his office listening to the radio, to a program called “Our Changing World” by Earl Nightingale, who was known as “the Dean of Personal Motivation.”
That day, Nightingale, in his booming voice, said something that would change Jim’s life forever: “If you spend an extra hour each day in the study of your chosen field, you will be a national expert in that field in five years or less.”
Jim was stunned, but the more he thought about it, the more it made sense. Although he had never given a speech, he had always wanted to help people grow in areas of personal development and motivation.
He began his quest to put Nightingale’s theory to the test by reading books and listening to tapes whenever he could. He also started exercising, became better organized, and joined a self-improvement study group.
He persisted through weeks of temptations to quit, just by doing a little more each day to further his goal. Within six months he had learned more than he had in his few years of college, and he began to believe he could turn his goal of becoming a motivational speaker into reality.
No matter how much time-saving tech we have available to us, the one thing you can't skip is the experience and education time bring to your life. It takes time to become an expert. If you don't believe that fact it will be at your peril.
All the hard work, the discipline, and study paid off. Jim now has delivered thousands of speeches worldwide and has won every major award in the speaking industry.
Just like companies have market value, so do people. In the simplest terms, your market value increases by knowing and doing more.
Knowledge is power, not only for your career but also to improve your family and spiritual life.
Look at it this way; anytime you climb a Mountain the higher you go the more you see and appreciate. Knowledge is the same way.
I love stories because, for me, they can bring an idea to life.
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