Copied directly from the book, pages 118, 119:
- Subscribe to the Economist and read every issue religiously.
- Memorize the name of every country, world capital, and current president or prime minister in the world.
- Buy a round-the-world ticket or use frequent flyer miles to travel to several major world regions, including somewhere in Africa and somewhere in Asia.
- Read the basic texts of the major world religions: The Torah, the New Testament, the Koran, and teachings of Buddha. Visit a church, a mosque, a synagogue, and a temple.
- Subscribe to a language-learning podcast and listen to each 20-minute episode, five times a week, for the entire year. Attend a local language club once a week to practice
- Loan money to an entrepreneur through Kiva.org and arrange to visit him or her while you're abroad on your big trip.
- Acquire at least three new skills during your year. Suggestions: photography, skydiving, computer programming, martial arts. They key is not to become an expert in any of them, but to become functionally proficient.
- Read at least 30 nonfiction books and 20 classic novels
- Join a gym or heatlh club to keep fit during your rigorous independent studies.
- Become comfortable with basic presentation and public speaking skills. Join your local Toastmasters club to get constructive, structured help that is beginner-friendly.
- Start a blog, create a basic posting schedule, and stick with it for the entire year. You can get a free blog at WordPress.org. One tip: don't try to write every day. Set a weekly or biweekly schedule for a while, and if you're still enjoying it after three months, pick up the pace.
- Set your home page to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Randompage. Over the next year, every time you open your browser, you'll see a different, random wikipedia page. Read it.
- Learn to write by listening to the Grammar Girl podcast on iTunes and buying Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.
- Instead of reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, read The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs, a good summary
You can spend one year on this for a total cost of $10,000 or less.
Much less than a typical graduate school program and much more valuable.