Ambitious millennials are accustomed to seeking inspiration and advice from people within our immediate reach. Whether it’s by connecting with mentors or brainstorming with peers, we dedicate much of our time learning from those who are near. While it is important to forge new relationships with people around us, we often overlook one of the best ways to acquire knowledge from some of the most brilliant individuals in the world…a book.
If you know me then you know that I love to read. Fortunately, commuting into the city every week has allotted me with more than enough time to consume a plethora of books. I’ve noticed that we’ve become so infatuated with needing to form an interpersonal relationship with someone for help (even at the cost of inauthenticity), that we forget the resources that exist in our own backyard. Trade in the fifteen minutes of scrolling up your social media feed and boost your brainpower for the better. Take a quick trip and browse the shelves of your local library, bookstore, or even Amazon. Your mind, soul and community will thank you. Need a head start? Below are five of my favorite books I’ve read over the past few months.
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How To Make The Most of Them Now by Dr. Meg Jay, PhD.
Trust me, after reading this book you’re going to want to invite Dr. Meg Jay over for a glass of wine to chat about life, love and everything in between. She seems to just get it. Her wisdom and candor in every story she reveals is honest and relatable. Dr. Jay recognizes that millennials can build the lives they want if they just have the key information to do so. Expect to learn why your twenties are the most crucial period in your life and discover new ways to help you navigate through this ambiguous time.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
We all want to know the secret behind the success of the world’s greatest. Could it be that they are just born lucky? Or, were they just extremely smart and well educated? Expect Gladwell to dig beyond the surface and explore the reasons why culture, family, and idiosyncratic experiences determine the success of others. He explores the 10,000-hour rule, why your birth date matters, and why Bill Gates is the smartest man of our time. He even uncovers why luck can play a big part in our successes.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
In the mood for a good parable? Look no further. Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, writes of a young Shepard on his journey to find his treasure. In this story about life, destiny and sacrifice, you’ll discover firsthand what it means to truly go after your dreams. If you can, try to pick up the 25th Anniversary edition. I enjoyed reading Coelho’s inspiring account of how this book came to be.
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart
If you want to feel inspired all the while having a good laugh, you need to read this book. In this memoir, Kevin Hart takes you on the full journey of his life and how he came to be. If it’s one thing this book offers, it’s perspective. Expect to learn what can happen just by thinking positively on everything life has thrown your way. Trust me, if you are the slightest Kevin Hart fan, you will not be able to put this one down.
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
Within the first few pages, you’ll quickly discover why author Amy Morin is more than qualified to write this book. Through her personal life tragedies and years of counseling others, Morin seamlessly details the top thirteen psychological weaknesses that could be holding us back from living our best life. Morin offers great advice and debunks common myths regarding mental toughness. This book is relatable and inspiring in all ways.
Have a good book you’ve read? Send it my way! Always looking for a new great book to read.