5 Must-Read Self-Improvement Books Before 25

5 Must-Read Self-Improvement Books Before 25

Some of the best books to read while you're young.

Keyur Kumbhare
Keyur Kumbhare
3 min read

Reading books is so underrated. You can absorb the mindset of someone in just a couple of hours. But most people don't read enough books. A study shows that most people read 4 books a year,

Is there a lack of time?

Absolutely not.

It's just that life gets in the way. We have fancier things like watching a movie/TV show and scrolling through social media.

The good news is that you can start reading (or get back to it) today onwards.

Here are my top 5 picks you should read before 25:

1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This classic was released in 1937, and it is still relevant after 84 long years. Napoleon interviewed 500 ultra-successful people to write the ideas and techniques they followed which made them reach great heights. What's more amazing is this entire process took around 20 years to complete. Twenty long years of hard work and research that someone did several decades ago is changing people's lives even today.

This book focuses on several ideas, one of which being that you should have specialized knowledge in a particular field rather than bits of general knowledge in several fields. Another point that settled well in my mind is that if you simply wish to get or achieve something, it is very less likely to come true but if you have a BURNING DESIRE for it, it will surely come true. Most people don't put in their best effort thinking, 'What if I fail?'.

Flip the coin and think, 'What if I succeed?'.

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2. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Financial education is never taught to us in school or college, and this book is a good source to learn that. It dives deep into the concepts of assets and liabilities where the author tries to clear the common misconceptions that people have about the two terms.

He also stresses upon the fact that most people are in this never-ending rat race where they work in a company they don't like, do things that they don't enjoy, and spend on things they don't actually need. If you are someone who wants to be financially rich or generally good with respect to the money, this is one of the best books to pick up.

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3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This is one of the most recommended books for the ones who have just started reading books. A true masterpiece written by Paulo, The Alchemist is a fiction novel where a young shepherd embarks on an adventurous journey that involves a lot of pleasure and pain. I won't spoil anything for you, but you should definitely give it a read.

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4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

One of the most controversial books of all time, this is the book that tells you the bitter truth right on your face. Unlike a lot of other self-development books that sugarcoat their words so that you feel good about yourself, the author has written the book in the way that disregards most common beliefs.

Another thing that readers usually complain about is the frequent usage of the F word. It is true that some people might not like it but in my opinion, the author has used such language so that you feel the things he is trying to convey. It is a true masterpiece if you keep aside your beliefs while you read the book.

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5. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Worrying ruins your life. The more you worry, the more stressed you become and the more time you waste. Sometimes, this stress leads you towards activities like smoking, drinking, drugs, etc. which then ruins your health. See? A lot of negatives. Most of the worries that we have are absurd.

Do you have an exam tomorrow that you are not prepared for?

Are you afraid that your colleague will perform better than you which will lead to her promotion?

Think of the worst situation.

What is the worst that can happen?

You'll fail the exam.

What then?

A lot of people I know, do not even remember where their report cards are. Whatever situation you are in, clearly define the worst that can happen. If you won't, you'll keep stressing about something that won't matter to you in the future. The author goes in-depth into explaining this concept which is surely worth reading.

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I enjoyed reading and learned a lot from each one of them.

Which ones are you planning to read?


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