I’m excited by the possibilities.” – Bill Gates
One characteristic connecting many of history’s greatest minds is a fanatical desire for continuous learning. Bill Gates is notorious for reading Time Magazine cover-to-cover so he can go on to his next activity having learned something new (even if what he learned didn’t interest him specifically). Abraham Lincoln – argued by many to be one of the most prolific communicators ever – developed his rhetoric skills in part through impassioned study of William Shakespeare’s work. Steve Jobs, George Washington, Ansel Adams, Ray Bradbury, Stanley Kubrick and legions of other American icons also share a common passion for independent skills development outside the traditional classroom setting.
And in the digital age when so many tools exist to help the workforce develop and refine those skills that get jobs, we could all take a lesson from the above-mentioned figures and take some time to educate ourselves.
One excellent resource is SkilledUp, an education startup founded by MIT alumnus Nick Gidwani that synthesizes thousands of digital learning tools into one easily navigable platform. While SkilledUp is rather broad, for this article Gidwani helped source some of the best resources for building specific skills that are getting professionals hired in 2013.
Let’s take a closer look.
1. To learn design, frontend development and UX: Team Treehouse