Your Words Matter


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The average adult knows between 5,000 – 25,000 words.

Those at the higher end of the spectrum are perceived to be highly educated. They are respected and admired by others.

The words that come out of your mouth paint a picture of you to the world. Those with a greater vocabulary are perceived as more intelligent. Since perception matters, it is therefore, in your best interest to increase your “working vocabulary” if you want to improve your chances of success in life.

In order to increase your vocabulary you must read consistently, identify words that you do not know, learn their meaning and then put those words to use in conversation and also in writing.

Here’s a process that I use, every day, to make vocabulary growth a Rich Habit:

  • I highlight unfamiliar words in the books I read.
  • After I am done reading a book, I transfer the highlighted words to a word binder that I maintain.
  • I find the definition or synonym of the new word and write it in my word binder.
  • Every day, I spend 15 minutes studying my word binder.
  • Every day, I try to use at least one new word in conversation or in my writing. This reinforces, through practice, my ability to incorporate new words into my working vocabulary.

I do this day in and day out. It’s now a Rich Habit that I engage in daily. It’s no longer a task; it’s a routine. I have no emotions about it, good or bad. I just do it.

Increasing your vocabulary will make you a more effective communicator. Sometimes just the right word is all it takes to get a deal done, to acquire a new customer or client, or to persuade someone to do something you desire.

Making a daily habit of increasing your vocabulary habitualizes growth, a prerequisite for success, helping move you forward in life, inch by inch, towards becoming the person you need to be in order for success to visit you.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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