Being a twenty-something myself, I know how hard this phase gets. We get confused, Irritated, Lack self-confidence, and really, what not? But, here are some books that might help us figure out our life. Books are an easy way for self-development, They offer us a totally new perspective on life. I have picked five excellent books about growth, success, and finance that might help all twenty-somethings to take this period seriously.
Here are my top five recommendations of twenty-something books to read.
1. The Defining Decade – by Meg Jay
“Thirty is not the new twenty, so claim your adulthood.”
Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist who has dealt with many twenty-somethings, Studied them, and came up with this book after years of experience. I had to mention it first Because it is life-changing. If there is one book you should take away from this entire article, it’s this book. Meg Jay writes why “Thirty is not new twenty” and clears some common misconceptions about twenty-something years.
30 is not the new 20.
The period from 20-30 years [which is a defining decade] is when we determine who we will become. According to Meg Jay, time in the twenties is a critical period as we are primed for growth and change. This book is for all those kidults or adultescents who are confused about life ahead. If you miss this book, make sure you watch the Ted talk by Meg Jay, which puts some light on the summary of this book.
2.The 4 – hour workweek by Timothy Ferris.
“What we fear the most is usually what we most need to do “
In this new era of Instagram and social media, Most of the twenty-somethings find it challenging to cope with a 9-5 corporate job. Most of us want to quit our current position to follow our passion and live our dreams. If you’re against the idea of a typical desk job, then this book is for you. Timothy Ferris gives his real-life examples to teach us how to design our lifestyle. Also, he shares how to be the new rich, working only for four hours a week.
Be the new rich in twenty-something years.
This clearly is a guide to escape the rat race and to follow our passion. Tim Ferris calls retirement worst-case scenario insurance and talks about why relative income is more important than absolute income. Along the way, he busts a few myths on jobs and finance. Don’t forget to grab this book if you are thinking of quitting your job and following your dreams.
3.Anne Frank – A diary of a Young girl
“In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart.”
You might have certainly heard of this book many times during your school and college. A classic book about a thirteen-year-old girl in Amsterdam went hiding with her family under the Nazi rule. She lived with 8 people in Annex for two years, under poor conditions. This book will make you think of how the world has changed for the better, How we are utmost lucky to be living in a modernized and independent society today.
The 20s is the time to reflect.
This book is moving Because its narrated by Anne herself. The book is a diary entry, later published by her father after her death in one of the concentration camps. This book is clear evidence of Jewish sufferings under the Nazis. There is an Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam if you want to find out about her more.
“If I’m not actively creating something, then chances are I’m probably destroying something.”
Now, Elizabeth is well-known for her famous novel “Eat, Pray, Love.”I agree. It’s one of the most beautiful books on the transformational story of a woman. But, big magic is magic created by Gilbert. I have no words for Elizabeth’s style of writing, Its splendid. But what’s even more miraculous is her tone while narrating the book. I urge you to listen to the audiobook version if you decide to give this book a chance.
The twenty-something years are for creative living.
She tells us why we should work on our dream unapologetically; along the way, she clears age-old misconceptions about creative living. She makes us believe, without creative living, life is unlived. It’s not a typical self-help book with clichéd stories on how one becomes successful overnight. If you want to know how big magic works, grab a copy, listen to it on audible.com, And see if it does big magic in your life.
5. Rich Dad Poor Dad- by Robert Kiyosaki
“Don’t work for money, make it work for you.”
This book has changed the financial lives of many. You might ask me, We are twenty-somethings !! we don’t need to worry about money so early; we are still kind of kids !! No. Financial Education these days is a must and its sad that our schools and colleges don’t teach us that. It’s a subject we have to learn on our own. The author explains brilliantly in this book, the financial education, and why it is mandatory, taking his real-life examples and experiences. Poor dad is the author’s biological father, whereas the rich dad is the author’s best friend’s father.
In your twenties, make money work for you.
He makes us understand what mistakes his poor dad committed that the rich dad didn’t. He also clears myths on common money-related issues most people commit and how we can rectify it and move past that. If you are the person who has lots of debt, this might prove to be an eye-opening book for you.
That’s the end of the list, and I really hope you pick these up and say yes to a fantastic life transformation. Comment below if you have already read one of these, Let me know how was the experience and what impact it had on your life.