Schooling vs. Education

My Executive Assistant, Laurie Magers, has worked with me over thirty-three years. Although her formal education ended with the tenth grade, Laurie is far more educated and competent than any college graduate I have ever had in that position. Here's why. Laurie clearly understands that you can finish school - and, incidentally, she encourages everyone to do exactly that - but you never finish your education. You can make school easy; that's not true with education. Many times it's very difficult and it is a lifetime project.

Laurie keeps her dictionary handy, reads a lot of exceptionally good material, attends seminars, is a student of human nature and learns constantly. The result is significant. When anyone on our staff has a question about grammar or punctuation, they go to Laurie and get her input. Nearly fifteen years ago we conducted an evaluation of our key employees, and Laurie graded out at slightly above the Master's Degree level. The exciting thing is that she has not really done anything that's not available to most people who will be reading this column.

The neat thing about America is that if you are reading this column you can get a brilliant education for no more than the cost of getting back and forth from the library. You can read the world's great authors in the library itself, or you can check the books out and take them home. Commitment, persistence, and a plan of action will provide you with the education you need to climb much higher on the success ladder.

The message I'm communicating should be quite clear: Don't let a lack of schooling be an excuse for not getting an education. I can assure you it will affect your personal life, your family life and your career. So, get that education and I'll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

This article is an excerpt from Zig's book Over The Top. You can buy this book now!

Zig Ziglar is known as America's motivator. He is the author of 29 books and numerous audio and video recordings. He brings his message of hope to thousands on the stages at the Get Motivated Seminars. See him in action!


A talented author and speaker, Zig Ziglar has an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture, and occupation. Since 1970, he has traveled over five million miles across the world delivering powerful life improvement messages, cultivating the energy of change. Since 1970, an extensive array of Ziglar audio, video, books, and training manuals have been utilized by small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, U.S. Government agencies, churches, school districts, prisons, and non-profit associations...

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