Introduction to Guide to Learning 10 Key Skills to Thrive in 2020
Anyone who spends as little as five minutes on this blog, will know that I love books and reading. Recently, I needed some information, and realized that it was in the post, “Strategic Reading Challenge: Read Books for Career Development.” When I opened up the post, I noticed that it was over 3,300 words in length. That is overwhelming for most people. Since it is so important to me for professionals to learn the 10 key skills for future jobs, to thrive in 2020, I decided to break the post into a series of 12 posts. One for each month of reading. I created, Guide to Learning 10 Key Skills to Thrive in 2020 – Month One, where you will find the requirements for the first month of the Strategic Reading Challenge.
Before you start to follow Month One of the Strategic Reading Challenge, make sure that you have all your five books handy. This way you know which books you intend to read, and you can read them one after another without scrambling to get a book to read. If money is tight, look at the unread books you have, that meet the reading requirements for this month.
You need to read a book every six days or so. This is doable, if you always have a book with you, so that you can read during breaks, and when you find yourself waiting. Remember to decide on your note taking device. I use the Livescribe Echo Smartpen, a digital note taking device. It is important to take notes by hand because research shows that you remember more of what you are reading or hearing.
Month One: Guide to Learning 10 Key Skills to Thrive in 2020
This month we are visiting the continent of Africa. Although there are 47 countries in Africa, Morocco and coastal islands – Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Madagascar, the Comoros, the Seychelles, and Mauritius –are considered African countries as well, which brings the total up to 54.
Strategic Reading Challenge Requirements: Month One – Africa & More
- Read a book written by an author born in an African country.
- Read a book that teaches you how to problem solve.
- Read a book that teaches you how to think critically.
- Read a book that teaches you how to become more creative.
- Read a book that teaches you how to make better decisions.
- Each week, read a technology article from a well-respected journal/magazine.
Month One: Books for Career Development
Books That Avil Has Read
While Reading the Books for Month One
Taking detailed notes is a critical part of the process to learning the 10 key skills needed for future jobs. Therefore, while reading each book, take notes. After you have finished reading each book, review your notes, then extract the five big ideas. After you have read all the five books, it’s time to connect all the ideas from the five books to create hybrid ideas.
I have created a handy guide, How to Spot Great Ideas When You Read Book, that you can use to walk you through the process. The guide includes information that is not on this blog. It takes one good idea to transform your life. Start Month One of the Strategic Reading Challenge today!