We just had our Iftar. There were I and Fatin. Pretty much, full already. Our tummy, "Blurppp", sorry. We decided not to go back yet, instead we talked about a lot of things covering various topics ranging from our best-friends to college life to popularity to (wait for it) self-help or also known as (wait for it) personal development.
Before i (re) enter university, a week before it, i had developed a 5 months development plan. This plan is developed intentionally to develop certain skills i (personally) believe will help me become a better (hrmmm) person and skill that beneficial to me in the long run (read, till the end of life).
As for Fatin, she seemed fascinated by this. I could see the same enthusiasm i saw on Laina Sofia when i first introduced her to the philosophies i learnt (and shared with her). Undeniably, Fatin had learnt something out of this casual (but serious) conversation. It came to me thereafter, it is better if i could share this with others. I have no idea who else could benefit from this but i certainly believe someone would.
The 5 months development plan is developed with an objective to equip you with several important life skills. Through my (not so experienced) observation, this will help a person to know certain things far better than 90% of the world's population (thus, you are indispensable). Stated are the kind of intelligence you are expected to develop once you done (read, graduate) from this (so called) program - financial intelligence, people intelligence, philosophical improvements, technical skills (specifically, programming skills). Lets look closer into it:-
The first month, August, 2012 (Development of financial intelligence)
Books to read are; I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi, The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
The second month, September, 2012 (Development of people intelligence)
Books to read are; How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, Influence by Robert Cialdini and The Game by Neil Strauss.
The third month, October, 2012 (Development of philosophy)
Books to read are; Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The fourth month, November, 2012 (Development of technical skills)
Books to read are; Head First Design Pattern by Eric Freeman, Cracking the Coding Interview by Gayle Laakmann and Clean Code by Robert C Martin.
The fifth month, December, 2012 (Development of startup development skill)
Books to read are; Lean Startup by Eric Ries, The 4 Steps to Epiphany by Steve Blank and The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development by Brant Cooper.
This plan may not be perfect. You may not even like it. But lets take this as an experiment. I started mini version of this 4 years ago and reaped the reward 2 years after. With this expanded version of the plan, this could be (far) better. Good luck!