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“42% of all college graduates will never read another book post college. 1/3 of all high school graduates will never read another book for the rest of their lives and 70% of U.S adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.” Jerold Jenkins

The statistics are a travesty. One thing I love so much about the-life-business founded by Orrin Woodward is the focus on lifetime personal growth. I want to start with these questions: Who are the five most influential people in your life? Of those five people, how many of them read on a consistent basis to improve themselves?

Before starting on the committed path to lifetime personal growth, I was another statistic. I would have fallen into all three categories according to Jenkins research. In fact, I never read a book from start to finish in high school and in college I would only get half-way through my required readings and then quit. I was the person that did not like reading. I always forgot everything I read and could not stay focused for more than 10 minutes. The five people of influence in my life didn’t read or develop themselves either. So I had no chance. And then, just a handful of years ago I was introduced to a profession where reading and personal growth were one of the key components to success. Needless to say I was far from excited to start the journey. I knew it would require a lot of sacrifice and commitment.

It is no surprise to me that our society balks at those who are not following the status quo; that people view personal growth as a ‘waste of time.’ Unfortunately, there are more people now than ever before attending college for the hope of a better quality of life and yet there are more un-educated people in our society now more than ever. It alarms me to think just how many people in my life have little ambition to better themselves. R.C. Sproul said, “we live in the most anti intellectual time in history.” Would you agree with me that we need more people committed to personal growth? The only thing it requires is a decision to get better. Yes, you heard correctly, a willingness to change.

George Guzzardo makes a profound statement, “Does it make sense that someone would quit improving their own life?” George also goes on to say, “According to the Washington County Literacy Council as many as 23% of the adult population (40 -44 million) is functionally illiterate.” To read more of this article click here: Learning for Life

It is obvious that we need more people committing to lifetime personal growth. While there are several benefits, from a personal extending to a global scale, ponder on the advantages from this short list:

    1. Develops confidence, passion, focus and fun
    2. Improves communication skills
    3. Removes mental and emotional obstacles
    4. Creates a more positive attitude
    5. Improves relationships

I don’t believe there is anything else out there that would be a more powerful resource other than the-life-business to start the journey. I am blessed to say that the five most influential people in my life are now people who are committed to reading and learning daily in order to be who God created them to be. In fact, anyone looking for a mentor or a role model can find it in the-life-business.com. Orrin Woodward has taken on a daunting task to bring leadership and personal development to millions of people and has prepared a business which enables us to be passionate about this exact subject. George and Jill Guzzardo are among the top 5 in my life who I choose to run along side on my personal growth journey. Who are you following and are they modeling lifetime personal growth? Now more than ever your decision to become a student makes an impact.

Blessings, Kristen