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specialized schooling, is the night schools operated in most large cities. The correspondence schools give specialized training anywhere the U. S. mails go, on
all subjects that can be taught by the extension method. One advantage of home
study training is the ﬂexibility of the study programme which permits one to
study during spare time. Another stupendous advantage of home study training
(if the school is carefully chosen), is the fact that most courses offered by home
study schools carry with them generous privileges of consultation which can be of
priceless value to those needing specialized knowledge. No matter where you live,
you can share the beneﬁts.
Anything acquired without effort, and without cost is generally unappreciated,
often discredited; perhaps this is why we get so little from our marvelous opportunity in public schools. The SELF-DISCIPLINE one receives from a deﬁnite programme of specialized study makes up to some extent, for the wasted opportunity
when knowledge was available without cost. Correspondence schools are highly
organized business institutions. Their tuition fees are so low that they are forced 68 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH to insist upon prompt payments. Being asked to pay, whether the student makes
good grades or poor, has the effect of causing one to follow through with the
course when he would otherwise drop it. The correspondence schools have not
stressed this point sufﬁciently, for the truth is that their collection departments
constitute the very ﬁnest sort of training on DECISION, PROMPTNESS, ACTION
and THE HABIT OF FINISHING THAT WHICH ONE BEGINS.
I learned this from experience, more than twenty-ﬁve years ago. I enrolled for a
home study course in Advertising. After completing eight or ten lessons I stopped
studying, but the school did not stop sending me bills. Moreover, it insisted upon
payment, whether I kept up my studies or not. I decided that if I had to pay for
the course (which I had legally obligated myself to do), I should complete the lessons and get my money’s worth. I felt, at the time, that the collection system of
the school was somewhat too well organized, but I learned later in life that it was
a valuable part of my training for which no charge had been made. Being forced
to pay, I went ahead and completed the course. Later in life I discovered that the
efﬁcient collection system of that school had been worth much in the form of
money earned, because of the training in advertising I had so reluctantly taken.
We have in this country what is said to be the greatest public school system in
the world. We have invested fabulous sums for ﬁne buildings, we have provided
convenient transportation for children living in the rural districts, so they may
attend the best schools, but there is one astounding weakness to this marvelous
system-IT IS FREE! One of the strange things about human beings is that they
value only that which has a price. The free schools of America, and the free public
libraries, do not impress...
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2012 for the course ACCOUNTING 225 taught by Professor Austin during the Spring '12 term at American.
- Spring '12