Monday, November 21, 2016

Voce sabe outra lingua?

Why learn another language?
Carlos Fontana

To all readers, professionals in particular, being fluent in a second language is not only important; it is becoming essential and necessary to succeed in the interconnected world we live in today. There are many advantages of being able to communicate in other languages. While the advantages are many and the disadvantages are few, many people are still missing in acquiring this essential skill. There are many cultural, cognitive, communications, transactional, and relationship advantages of being multi-lingual. Which advantages do you feel you have by being fluent in a second, third or more languages? Here is a list (not all inclusive) of the main specific advantages:

1.      Better job opportunities
2.      Being more competent and get higher pay for work
3.      Performing more enjoyable work
4.      Being more connected and engaged in the world
5.      Increasing the ability of multi-tasking
6.      Better interactions and appreciation of other cultures
7.      Better self-expression and communicability
8.      Faster, bigger, deeper, and better quality of thinking
9.      Higher ability of linking ideas
10.  Higher levels of creativity
11.  Better problem solving skills
12.  Meeting new people and making new friendships
13.  Having more fun and easier traveling
14.  Expanding your personal and professional network
15.  Easier to learn a third, fourth, and so on language
16.  Increasing self-confidence
17.  Improving ability to communicate in first language
18.  Sharpening senses
19.  Increasing brain health
20.  Improving memory
21.  Sharpening the mind
22.  Delaying or stalling the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s
23.  Better education and self-discovery ability
24.  Better decision making ability
25.  Experiencing new cultures
26.  Increasing influence
27.  Higher achievement
28.  Higher personal and professional growth
29.  Expanding career options and choices
30.  Better quality of life

And the list could continue on and on … So why aren’t more people learning other languages? This shorter list sounds more like excuses than reasons.
1.      I can get by without it!
2.      I don’t have time!
3.      I am too old!
4.      I am not good with languages!
5.      It takes too much time, money, and effort!
We can make many excuses or we can have many reasons but we cannot make both and be successful; what is your choice?

Thank you for reading and reflecting on today’s nuggets.          

Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."

"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."

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