Mobile University

Zig Ziglar's Brilliant Alternative Education Plan

When I was about 19 years old I got a job selling encyclopedias door to door for a company called Motivation For Tomorrow and owned by Melvin Franklin Tardiff. I have always been grateful to Mr. Tardiff for having introduced me to Zig Ziglar. Shortly after beginning work there he gave me a book by Zig Ziglar, the title of which escapes me, that included the quote: "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want." Over the years, I've kept that thought in mind. I don't always live up to the ideal but, I do believe, I'm a better person for the effort. I've also been a lifelong admirer of Zig Ziglar. He is sadly missed but his works live on.

Zig Ziglar coined the phrase "automobile university," refering to the concept of using driving time to expand one's education. He believed individuals should use this often wasted time to increase their knowledge. Listening to audiobooks while driving is an outstanding way to learn nearly anything. I've studied subjects ranging from finance and economics to science and philosophy. It's possible for a truck driver, while earning a living on the road, could equal the education received in one year by the average college student.

Getting Started

You don't need a lot of spendy equipment to attend the "Mobile University". I used to listen to audiobooks on tape or CD years ago but I find it much easier to pause, rewind and listen using my iPhone, paired via Bluetooth, to my truck's stereo. Just about any mp3 player can be made to work; here's a great article explaining the ins and outs of listening to an mp3 player in your vehicle. If you've got CDs I suggest you do what I do: rip 'em to your laptop or macbook. A ton of worthwhile listen-to-learn material is available for download. Some of it is available free of charge while other items require purchase.

Choosing a Field of Study

To be sure, some subjects lend themselves to the mobile classroom while others are best left to those boring stationary classrooms or, at the very least, while sitting stationary. Anything like Chemistry, Anatomy, Mathematics...any of the hard sciences are likely best left to the classroom. Not that science needs to be entirely ignored, I've listened to some of the Audiobooks by Michio Kaku and they're immensely interesting as well as educational.

Over the years I've enjoyed a number of worthwhile audiobooks; classic works that have made me think and consider points of view I might never have considered.

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