Let’s Talk About Language
I’ve heard it said multiple times that in times of war one of the most effective and therefore most attempted strategies consists of disabling the enemy’s means of communication.
Think about it. Whether it’s through the spoken word, sign language, Morse code, JAVA script, etc. – language makes the world go round.
Without language, we couldn’t function.
Language is the Tool We Use to Shape the World
Throughout all ages of humanity it has consistently proven to be one of the most vital and efficient tools we have to help us bond, build, unite, learn, love, and make things happen.
HOWEVER – paradoxically, language has also consistently proven to be one of humanity’s most frustrating setbacks. Language has quite the track record of being misunderstood, raising barriers, causing confusion, dividing nations—leading to war, death, destruction, global turmoil, MASS CHAOS!
I dare submit that the dinosaurs no longer exist because they didn’t know how to speak Asteroid.
A Second Language Increases Your Value at Work
I’ve studied Spanish pretty thoroughly over the past several years, and I plan on studying Spanish for the rest of my life. I love the language, and I’m grateful for the opportunities that have become available to me due to my ability to speak and understand it. I can honestly say that I use Spanish each and every day, especially at work.
More relationships and opportunities will become available to you if you do what it takes to develop a second language. Some of the languages that are considered to be the most useful in the business world include Chinese, English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Portuguese, and Russian.
Resources to help guide your education are within your reach—use the Internet, download a podcast, purchase some books, enroll in a class—this goal truly is within your capacity to achieve. Wherever you are in life, don’t underestimate your potential.
Your Speech Reflects the True You
In addition to learning a second language, I think it’s also important to remember not to neglect the development of your native tongue. In the job market especially, the way you present yourself through the spoken or written word will, well, speak volumes about your level of education, your commitment to professionalism, your integrity, and your focus.
So do yourself a favor and look over that resume a few more times, check your grammar, and make sure the message conveyed matches the goal you desire.
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