Remember when being a teenager was confusing? Life as a 20-something can sometimes feel like those awkward teen years on level 9000.
All of a sudden we have this big new responsibility: being an adult. However, life up until this point hasn't really prepared us how to handle it. From figuring out taxes to unlocking your creativity, here are some of my favourite personal development books that will help you get through the worst of times (in any area) and have you on your way to living your best life.
1. Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties
Getting a grip on your finances as a twenty-something is a tricky business. It is not something you learn in school and all of a sudden you're expected to file taxes and get an education while crippling yourself with debt.
In the revised 2017 edition of Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties, Beth Kobliner teaches young millennials everything about managing money and navigating the world of personal finance in today's uncertain economy.
If you are looking for a no-nonsense guide that will break down all that mysterious financial lingo without assuming a condescending tone - take your first step towards financial independence and add this book to your wish list.
2. Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want
After college, life can seem like a complicated mess. Before, we had set guidelines and knew what was coming next. Now that adulthood has arrived after nearly two decades of schooling, the manual to life has been thrown out the window, leaving most of us with no idea how to get from A to B.
In Life After College, Jenny addresses these concerns by ditching the preachy personal development tone and fills her book with worksheets and life coaching prompts to make the reading experience way more interactive and rewarding.
If you are at a loss trying to figure out what you want in any of these nine areas of your life: Work, Money, Home, Organization, Friends & Family, Dating & Relationships, Health, Fun & Relaxation and Personal Growth pick up this book and start planning!
3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson
Are you tired of all the new-age hippies telling you that positivity is the key to happiness? Then you will love this book! It is perfect for people who are sick of sugarcoating and want the honest truth without any coddling.
In between all the crude and vulgar language is a book that will help you find what really matters in your life. It will teach you how to let go, stop worrying about things you cannot control and decrease the amount of time spent on mindless distractions like social media.
If you are ready to accept that happiness is a struggle and reject the capitalist mindset of chasing the next high (with a dash of ruthless humour) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck will not disappoint.
4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Be honest. Are you a hoarder? Do you have piles of stuff in your house just sitting there? Or worse, tucked into storage container after storage container to give the illusion of neatness?
Then you need this book. Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up will help you get rid of everything weighing you down and focus on keeping only the things that bring you joy.
While the book is aimed at tidying up your home, the same concept can be applied to relationships and even over packing for vacation. Kondo's book is an excellent introduction to the idea of minimalism and making us aware of how much less we need to be happy.
5. The Breakout Principle by Herbert Benson
Have you ever had a problem that you can't solve and as soon as something distracts you - bam! There's it. The idea you have been looking for.
The Breakout Principle explores this phenomenon by giving readers instructions on how to activate this simple, yet powerful biological trigger to unlock "the zone". If you find yourself pushing too hard when you feel stuck, this book will teach you how to take a break and solve your problem by priming your brain for creative insight.
No one said life as a 20-something would be easy, but hopefully these books can help ease the panic, get you on your way to prioritising and building the life you want.
What are some of your favourite personal development books that have changed your life?
By Lauren Melnick