The 20s! Our prime days. Some of the best and wildest days of our lives. When everything is happening all at once, but it’s all not making much sense. You’re happy, and then you’re not. You’re in a great career path but dissatisfied. You want to settle down before 30 but haven’t had a serious relationship for 3 years. It’s crazy times! But you don’t have to tread this decade alone. With a little wisdom from those who made it through, things might get clearer and easier for you. You’ll be just fine!
Here’s a collection of books to read in your 20s that might just be what you need to hear to get through life right now:
Man’s Search for Meaning
By Viktor Frankl
This classic piece is the memoir of Austrian psychiatrist, Victor Frankl, detailing his gruesome experience, observations and realizations in Auschwitz during the Second World War. The book delves heavily with his contributions in psychology, logotherapy. However, it’s the gist of the book that really seals this as a must-read for everyone in their 20s.
Frankl believes that even in the direst situation in life, one can find hope and meaning in life. Men’s greatest motivation is not pleasure. It is meaning. It’s that sense of fulfilment that drives us to be and not to be. What’s in the book is practical advice about how to live a meaningful life.
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now
By Dr. Meg Jay
The raving reviews this book has gotten is phenomenal. Like Frankl, Meg Jay gives practical insights on how to make the most out of your 20s. She constructively talks about not letting yourself fall into the emotional trap of “finding yourself” and “who am I” that society pins on you.
A must-read for every 20-something-year old, The Defining Decade is essentially a guide to adulting. The 20s is not an extension of your adolescence. It’s the best time to build yourself up, nurture the seed and grow.
By Malcolm Gladwell
A strong, conceptual book underlying the keys in succeeding life.
Malcolm Gladwell encourages the readers to stand out as they are. To break the norm and embrace diversity instead of conforming to how others live.
This is a fantastic book that opens a portal to the lives of the wealthiest, most successful individuals. The author highlights the different opportunities, culture, timing, and meaningful work one puts through their goals, that determine their victories and achievements. The book explores our questions like why Asians are good in math or how the Beatles became the world’s greatest rock band. Let this book give you answers on how being an outlier can pull you to the top.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
By Eckhart Tolle
With more than 200 million copies sold worldwide, this book holds true to its title. It’s a powerful read that redefines your concept of life. Eckhart Tolle emphasizes that you are capable of achieving happiness when you are truly living the moment.
There are several obstacles that one may face throughout their lives. And these could affect the way you see the world. If you allow yourself to get attached to these problems, you get lost in the present, and you slowly find no meaning in this world. The Power of Now is undeniably an excellent guide to reconnect with your thoughts and emotions and learn how to attain genuine peace and happiness.
Tuesdays with Morrie
By Mitch Albom
When Mitch found out that his college professor was diagnosed with ALS and did not have much time to live, he meets with him to catch up. He then began visiting him every Tuesdays to talk about Morrie’s view on the meaning of life, death, love, regrets and money.
The book that gave Mitch Albom his name, he quickly rose to become one of America’s best selling inspirational authors. Tuesdays with Morrie is indeed nothing short of inspirational. Beautifully written, poignant and engaging. This is an easy, unputdownable read.
Think and Grow Rich
By Napoleon Hill
Originally published in 1937 during The Great Depression, Think and Grow Rich is one of the best development books out there dedicated to success. The book is more than just its title. It isn’t just about how to get rich. It’s how to become successful in its very sense. It’s about knowing what you want and persisting until you get it.
This a truly life-changing, transformative book to those who dream big and work hard to be wealth and successful.