“Your mind is precious! It is sacred,” he said at that time. “Therefore, the education of one’s mind is also sacred. Indeed, education is a religious responsibility. Of course, our opportunities and abilities will vary a great deal. But, in the pursuit of one’s education, individual desire is more important than is the institution you choose; personal drive is more significant than is the faculty. – Elder Russell M Nelson

You belong to a church that teaches the importance of education. You have a mandate from the Lord to educate your minds and your hearts and your hands. The Lord has said, “Teach ye diligently … of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—that ye may be prepared in all things” –President Gordon B Hinckley

In the summer of 2001 I began a structured intellectual self-improvement program of reading or listening to books.  It is amazing how a daily or even weekly regimen of learning can lead to large to outcomes.  Since I made that commitment in the summer of 2001 I have read on average 14.5 pages/day for a total of 83,922 pages.   Doing some very crude correlations I estimate this is approximately equivalent to 131.78 college units.

My self-study has focused on three areas: History 50%, Leadership 25%, and Management 25%.  I am now attempting to direct some of my studies into learning Spanish to help my daughter who is attending a spanish immersion kindergarten.

Below are two reports.  One is my self-study report to help anything thinking of beginning a similar endeavor. The second is a recommended reading list of some of my favorite books.