Knowledge plays a part in everything we do. It can help you make more money, make better decisions, be better at sports, take better care of your health and much more.

Yet, too many people think that after high school or college, their education is over. They breathe a sigh of relief and think they made it. Now, it's time to just get a career and go with flow until retirement.

But, this is the wrong outlook to have. Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” He knew the value of constantly becoming more knowledgeable.

In fact, just about every successful person in the world has one thing in common: they are constantly reading and educating themselves on a daily basis.

Jim Rohn, the great self development speaker, said, “Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.” He says schooling is only a small part of your lifetime education.

Albert Einstein, the genius, said, “Once you stop learning, you start dying.” Joe Paterno, the very successful football coach, said, “If you're not getting better, you're getting worse.”

Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest presidents in US history, said, “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”

All of these quotes from extremely successful and wise individuals, say the same thing. You have to keep improving yourself on a daily basis. You have to keep acquiring knowledge and improving your skills.


The Meaning of Ben Franklin's Quote

You should always be educating yourself through books, biographies, articles, audios, experience, etc. Your education should be a work in progress until the day you die.

The investment you make in yourself will always pay off in the end. The wiser you are, the better decisions you'll make. The smarter you are, the more things you can be successful at.

Make it a point to always keep improving yourself each day by learning new things.


Action Steps:

  • Read daily for at least 30 minutes (audiobooks, books, ebooks, etc.).
  • Study other successful people you look up to.
  • Listen to podcasts, interviews and watch biographies to learn as much as you can about how to get better at what you're doing.


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Knowledge is what can separate you from the pack. It can take you as high as you want to go if you put it into action.

When Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” he didn't just mean you should hoard it and do nothing with it. You have to use it. Otherwise what good is it?

Get smarter everyday. Expand your knowledge and wisdom everyday. Don't forget to use the new things you learn though. A perfect plan is no good if no one executes it.


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What does this famous quote mean to you?

    2 replies to "An Investment In Knowledge Pays The Best Interest"

    • Rizwan Ali

      awesome, I like this website and article.

    • John Wood

      It helped me a lot for my school project about Benjamin Franklin.

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