History does reveal treasures of wisdomFor some reason lately, I've been craving the reading of autobiographies instead of watching TV in my leisure time. I am not quite done with the current one which is on Booker T. Washington. To be honest, I knew the name but not the deeds of this most recent subject. That said, there was something in a number of passages he wrote which still resonates today.
The passages? They cover how formal education is important but so is accumulating practical money earning skills at the same time. The passage also covered how no job is beneath someone who craves improving their life and giving their best effort in performing that job.
For those of you uninformed, one of Mr. Washington's accomplishments was getting the famous Tuskegee Institute off the ground. When I mean off the ground, I literally mean starting from scratch. In his lifetime, he was able to secure land for the school, have buildings constructed using students attending the institution for labor, creating a kiln to form the bricks which were used in the buildings on campus and for public sale (yes, there were failures in the kiln process the book reveals) and educating students in book learning while teaching them practical, marketable skills. Pretty impressive accomplishments to say the least.
Reading someone's autobiography is like getting the opportunity to sit with them (via your mind) to learn how they were able to become successful in life. I would encourage you to read Mr. Washington's biography.
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Richard J. Garcia | 01/21/2011