The One Book You Should Read In Your 20’s
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
— Haruki Murakami
As some of you may already know:
I love books.
I set myself the goal to read a book a week. Personal growth and business are my go-to topics.
I converted my passion for books into a website: Book Success, a platform where you can absorb the key ideas and insights from the latest self-help and business books.
I’ve lately been asked several times what my favorite books are.
Now, there are 2 options:
Either I can give you a list of all the books that I like (and that would be a lot. Believe me.)
I can recommend you only ONE book, the book where it actually all started for me. The book that is the source of all my actions in life. The book that almost makes all other book obsolete.
So which book?
You wouldn’t perhaps expect it, but this little book is a true value bomb.
It is written by Seneca, one of ancient Rome’s most talented writers and philosophers.
In the book, Seneca reveals his life lessons.
His main idea is that there is enough time for every human being to achieve the greatest things.
Most of us don’t make use of it. We waste it. We ponder. We visualize but we forget to take action.
As Seneca quotes:
“You will find no one willing to share out his money; but to how many does each of us divide up his life! People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.”
This book made me realize that it is all about time. Every second counts when it comes to going after your dreams and living the life you want to live.
Life is now. Not when you are retired. I actually never related to the idea of working hard to ‘retire young’ in order to start to live.
Why would you wait?
One of my favorite quotes of the book is the following:
“Can anything be more idiotic than certain people who boast of their foresight? Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
Time, my friends, is the most valuable resource we have.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you can’t relax to rejuvenate yourself with energy.
As Seneca explains.
Our minds must relax: they will rise better and keener after a rest. Just as you must not force fertile farmland, an uninterrupted productivity will soon exhaust it, so constant effort will sap our mental vigour, while a short period of rest and relaxation will restore our powers.
But this -of course- can’t be used to rationalize your laziness and inability to take action. Relaxation is only secondary to your primary goal in life. Your vision. Your Higher End.
This is a book you SHOULD pick up in your 20’s.
Simply because it’s not too late already!
Your 20’s are the years where you have the greatest amount of energy. Where you can make the most things happen. Where you can afford to sleep 5–6 hours a day and eat junk food (even though I would not recommend that, but let’s be honest: you can)
So, if you are currently in your 20’s,
Do me one favor and pick up this book.