My early 20s were not all that great. I survived the deaths of my loved ones, countless failed relationships, career failures and many things that I do not even remember today. Not to mention, I called off two weddings. I felt lost, stuck and absolutely broken. That was the time when I started discovering myself, changing my habits and striving to live a better life.
Reading has always been my hobby since I learned to read so every time I feel tired, depressed or happy, I enjoy curling up with a good book. The following eight books helped me to improve my life before I turned 25. And now I am grateful to them for pointing me in the right direction.
1. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
The Magic of Thinking Big is all about the tips for getting the most out of your relationship, family life, marriage, career, and other aspects of life. David Schwartz will show you that you do not have to be an intellectual, rich or have unique talents to achieve enormous success and live a happy life. The book is particularly perfect for those with low self-esteem.
2. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
Financial problems never end if you do not know how to manage your money correctly. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason will help you out with that. With just 145 pages, the book is quick and easy to read and the language is quite understandable. I am going to read this book once again this year to update my money management skills.
3. The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
There are so many choices and decisions we should take in life that sometimes we feel overwhelmed. I had trouble making decisions as well so I was glad to read The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz that helped to change the way I looked at all the life’s options.
The book tells about people making hard decisions about education, families, jobs, relationships, whether to have kids and how to live a modern life. I recommend everyone, no matter the age, to read this book at least once in a lifetime.
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4. The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
This small yet helpful book teaches how to live a life of freedom, joy and happiness. It tells about four lifestyle commitments that can turn any lifestyle into the dream life. It helped me to figure out my biggest dreams and I still keep working on achieving those dreams. The book is full of inspiring and positive statements, making it a handy book for pessimistic people.
5. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Daniel Gilbert is a Harvard professor of psychology. This fact made me read his book Stumbling on Happiness right before I turned 25. Daniel Gilbert shares his scientific findings and researches and he can prove you that happiness is just around the corner. We spend so much time looking for happiness that we do not notice it. If you are looking for happiness, read Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert.
6. Getting Things Done by David Allen
If your life is anything like mine, your daily to-do is always overstuffed. We have tons of tasks to accomplish but lack time or motivation to actually do them. I have always had problems with my jam-packed schedule, so David Allen’s book became a real lifesaver for me. The book teaches how to get organized and manage your to-do list properly.
7. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
The hard work is not that hard when you are passionate about what you are doing. That is what this book is about. The book is packed with the tips to help set expectations and priorities, follow the dreams and goals, get rid of distractions and increase the overall productivity.
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8. Quitter by Jon Acuff
I knew the importance of finding a dream job, but I was not brave enough to quit my job. I had to pay bills, buy food and I simply need money. Jon Acuff’s book turned my life upside down. I can’t say that it helped me find my dream job, but it was a great source of inspiration for me. The book does not tell us that it is an easy journey, but it gives hope and tips that can change your life.
I believe in the power of a book. It is an excellent source of knowledge, inspiration, and wisdom. Though I am not a book junkie, I love reading once in a while. What about you? Have you ever read a book that helped to change your life? If not, challenge yourself with these eight books. You will not regret it.