People in their 20s go through a major transformation in their lives. From being a late teenager to an early adult, this phase makes people experience a lot of things. This is the phase that you direct your life in the later stages. The decisions taken during this time might open doors of opportunities for us or even shut them in our faces.
So to be on the right path one would need guidance and there is no better guide than a good book. As said, if you read the right book at the right time, it would open a chest of wisdom to help you make better decisions ahead.
So here are our top 5 recommendations that people in their 20s should read.
1. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay:
Often you will come across two types of advice in your 20s. One would be to start taking life responsibly, be careful, and work hard so that you would have an easy life ahead. Others would be completely opposite stating that this is the only time you can have fun in your life or your life will become monotonous as you age. This book prepares us for all the changes that we would be facing during this time. This would form a bride of growth between your present and future.
2. What You’re Really Meant To Do by Robert Steven Kaplan:
The most difficult question for a twenty-year-old to answer would be what he wants to do with his life. People in their colleges tend to think if this is what they want to do for the rest 40 years of their lives every day? Is this their inner calling? There will be a lot of frustration, doubts and questions. Well, this book tries to answer them for you. You must give this a read before choosing your career. This won’t provide you with patterns to choose from but instead, give you an opportunity to explore yourself and have a foundation for your career.
3. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri:
This book has been praised so much that the Padma Bhushan awardee Indian Filmmaker Mira Nair adapted this story into one of her movies with the same name. The story is about a Bengali family that travels from Kolkata to Cambridge and how they cope with the differences in cultures, ideologies, beliefs and thinking. People in their 20s often opt to travel out of their hometowns for further studies and that is when they meet with different people having different backgrounds. This book would help you in dealing with such cultural shocks that you might get.
4. Years of Yes by Shonda Rhimes:
One of the major problems people in their 20s face is the inability to say no when needed. You might find it rude to turn down their face. This book will educate you on when to say no and then yes. This sounds a lot simpler than actually practice doing it. This would improve your decision-making skills that will definitely have a huge impact on your life. This book also talks about self-esteem, confidence and leadership.
5. Bold by Steven Kotler:
A lot of people in their early twenties have thought about starting a business of their own later in life. A lot of questions arise about how to execute a plan, how to monetize an idea but there is much less guidance.
This book fills that gap. This would tell you how to boost the process of earning with learning and help you lead a bold life ahead.