Automobile University By Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar motivational speakerIn our hurry-hurry world, most people do not have time to become bookworms, but virtually all of us can become “tape worms.” (Or “podcast worms” or “CD worms”… you get the picture.)

A study by the University of Southern California revealed that if you live in a metropolitan area and drive 12,000 miles a year you can acquire the equivalent of two years of college education in three years’ time by listening to educational information in your car. Since the average American adult spends from two hundred to seven hundred hours each year in an automobile, this is good news.

Stephen Payne is a classic example of what can happen when you take advantage of your driving time. He was 18 years old when he qualified for his GED and 22 before he received his earned high school diploma.

After an up-and-down struggle in life, at age 43 he became a full-time student at Automobile University – full-time, that is, when he was in his car. As a result, he speaks Spanish and French so fluently that he is now translating and interpreting for his company. He also speaks Italian and is in the process of learning both German and Japanese as well as Latin and his own Cherokee language.

Think about it. You can learn everything from Chinese art and the Bible to financial management, leadership skills, sales techniques, communications styles, childhood training techniques and numerous other subjects from some of the best-informed, most knowledgeable people in our country.

You literally have access to the “wisdom of the ages” on cassette tapes while driving to your job, shopping, errands, on vacation, etc. This is a much better and more effective use of your time than listening to much (but not all) of the programming that comes over the air.

Remember, you can finish school and even make it easy – but that’s not true of education. Automobile University is a marvelous source for a better education. Utilize it fully and I will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar was a teacher and motivator. You can receive the Ziglar newsletter filled with more of his inspiring stories as well as practical ideas to help you in the areas of sales, marketing, customer service, and related topics. You can learn more about him at


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  • Stephen Payne

    I am Stephen Payne and since Zig wrote that, I’ve added several languages and significantly improved those I spoke at the time. I read original works in Spanish, French, German, Italian and Russian. I am now 72 years of age and I continue to educate myself with audio systems, and yes, some of them continue to be programs from Zig Ziglar. I study a language about an hour each day and I go as far as I can with my audio programs and then I begin again with the first lesson. I was fortunate to meet Zig, to spend time with him, to be able to call him my friend. I owe him much and I miss him much. Je t’aime mon ami et tu me manques. Stephen Joe “Red Boots” Payne.

  • Stephen, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us. Zig was one incredible human being (as you well know having called him a friend). I appreciate you taking the time to share how personally rewarding a dedication to ongoing learning has been in your life. That’s very encouraging.

    All the continued best,
    Josh 🙂

  • Antony Evans

    How right you are when you say that today not everyone has enough time to read books and people appeal to podcasts and audiobooks because 24 hours a day for a modern person is not enough. Especially you lack time when you are a student. I often resort to audiobooks and other useful services, for example which helps me notice my mistakes and improve the text.
    Regards, Antony.