Academic books vs Non-academic (Geek vs Nerd)
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“Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world”
The foundation of any individual is his primary education. Schools are considered as the temple of learning where you learn your basic principle like manners, discipline, punctuality and many other things. As kids, we’ve all read books like The Tortoise and the hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and many other such books which had a moral meaning behind it.
But the meaning of school and learning has shifted from overall development of individuals to clearing papers and getting a degree. This shift maybe because of the competition around, the pressure from all sides to “prove yourself”. In this pressure, we individuals have lost the sense of curiosity, the need to know, to question and to learn beyond what’s written in the school books.
What we lack today is the ability to think beyond established boundaries. The urge to learn more and think creatively comes when you read continuously. Reading not only includes your academic books but also fiction, action, horror, mystery etc.
In the 21st Century, we’ve researched on all basic concept what we need today are innovate people and creative human beings who can take us to the next level. This is where reading helps, it opens up your horizon, makes you think out of the box, you start thinking unrealistic and make impractical things happen. Do you think if the Wright Brothers didn’t create what they imagined and believed in, would we have ever travelled around the world in 80 days?
Today’s generation, The Millennial, believe more in “I’m a social person. I have 1000 friends on social media” rather than in “there is no friend as loyal as a book”. Can you have a conversation with one who has no knowledge about world happenings? The biggest difference between being a “bookworm” vs a “nerd”, your academic knowledge wouldn’t be of any good if you can’t put it in practical use to make a difference in the world.
We live in a world today where a lot of successful and powerful people, are college dropouts. From Dell founder, Michael Dell to everybody’s idol, founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. What makes them special is their hunger to learn beyond what’s written in academic books. Autobiographies like Steve Jobs makes us believe that if you’ve made up your mind to do something, you can even bend reality to make it happen.
Books like Steve Jobs, I Am Malala etc have always inspired people. Reading not just inspires people and become a better person but also helps in controlling stress, they act as your best friend when you’re low. From romanticising to mystery solving, it all takes you away from reality to an imaginary world that is more peaceful and less stressful than reality.
Academic or non-academic, the habit of reading is very important to keep yourself up to date with the world and to increase your vocabulary as well. Which ones more beneficial is very debatable. But a man who reads is well appreciated by all.