What exactly is so powerful about something so simple you don’t even need a high school diploma in order to do it and how exactly does a person get better at reading? It boils down to a simple, two-part formula:
- The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.
- The more you read, the more you know; and the more you know, the smarter you grow.
Think about the last time you read. When was it? How old were you? What did you read? Now, consider what the quote above says, “The more you read, the more you know; and the more you know, the smarter you grow”. Think to yourself again, what did you learn from the last time you read?
Depending on who you are, that could’ve been the most difficult question you’ve been asked in a while. Now, here’s one more question, what was the last children’s book you’ve read? Children’s books are probably the most simple form of reading that teach us all about sharing to giving someone a hug, but when did you actually learn something a little more applicable from a children’s book?
In this post, I’ll be addressing one of the most famous children’s authors ever –Dr. Seuss. Since the publication of his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1937, his books have raised generations of kids around the world. Recalling his unique and confusing rhymes, you wouldn’t think that you could learn anything from what he’s written, but you’d be surprised if you went back and re-read any of his books; in particular, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
I strongly believe this book is on that many of us, especially in high school and college, should go back and read. Aside from all the silly rhyming and bright cartoons, the story has a message –you’re going to go places and do great things, so don’t give up. I think this is one of the most applicable messages from a children’s book; especially when you’re stuck trying to figure out what am I gonna do? Where am I gonna go? When will it be over? I believe this story has a great reminder to show all of us that it’s important to keep pushing for our goals, and that even though life goes wrong you can still do great things.
“On and on you will hike.
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems whatever they are…
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So… get on your way!“