Your 20s are some of the most important, yet confusing years of your life. You go from the security of university, to the uncertainty of the working world. You are trying to find your way in the big bad world, yet you feel completely lost.
Sound familiar? Trust me, you’re not alone. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE experiences the same feelings. Our 20s are a time of immense change. These are the years where you will make some of the most important decisions of your life. Decisions that will shape your future.
While these decisions can be difficult, sometimes all you need is a good read to give you some perspective and make you see that you are in fact awesome!!!
Don’t believe me? Not only will the following 5 books change your whole outlook on life, you’ll also be seriously motivated to roll up your sleeves and change your world.
1. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter – And How to Make the Most of Them Now
Like we said, your 20s are one of the most important decades of your life, and Dr. Meg Jay (a clinical psychologist) couldn’t agree more.
In this book she argues that your 20s are the most defining decade of adulthood. Now that you know this what’s a 20 something year old to do to maximize these years? Dr. Jay has the answers!
In this book she provides the tools to help you make the most of your 20s. She also shows how, if you use your 20s wisely, your work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and brain can change more during this decade than at any other decades throughout your adult life.
2. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be
This is a truly inspirational book you won’t be able to put down. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be will educate you on how to succeed in the world. Whether you are a confident cookie or as timid as a mouse, this book will provide bucket loads of inspiration and will help your realize how to maximize all you have to offer the world.
Once you finish reading this little gem you’ll find the unthinkable becomes thinkable and feel the impossible is possible.
3. The Secret
This is a bestselling self-help book that centers on the law of attraction and how it plays a principle role in what happens in our life. The book also advocates the power of positive thinking and how changing the way you think can create life-changing results such as increased happiness, health, and wealth.
The whole idea surrounding the secret is that what you (subconsciously) think and feel directly impacts your life. If you send the universe negative messages then you will attracts negative events. If you send the universe positive messages, this will impact your life in a positive, happy way.
If there is one thing this book will do is it will definitely make you a more positive person. This can only be a good thing. Remember, positivity is key.
4. Get Sh*t Done!
Written by, Niall Harbison, a guy who overcame alcoholism and depression to realize his dreams, this is a book jam packed with complete common sense advice. The advice may be common sense, but it’s common sense you need to read.
This book shares a unique set of principles and ‘life hacks’, and will also open your mind to a whole new way thinking. Be prepared to overcome your limitations, stop dreaming and actually start to get sh*t done!
5. Lean In (and Lean In for Graduates)
This is a book for the females out there. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, penned this book to encourage equality in the workplace and to motivate you (women) so you stop holding yourself back and letting men take the lead in the business world.
In Lean In, she takes a deeper look at these issues to show the layers of ambiguity and bias that surround the lives and choices of working women. She draws on her own experiences and provides invaluable practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and on how to build a satisfying career.
She encourages you to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” Men never hear about the myth of ‘having it all’, so why do women? This book also provides specific steps you can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and shows how men can actually benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.
Lean In is available in it’s original edition or a special edition for graduates. Whatever copy you pick up, it will change your thinking from what you can’t do to as a woman, to what you can.
If you read this list of 5 must read books for 20 somethings, you’ll be right on track to rock your 20s.