3 Unique Books That Will Significantly Shape Your Life: Books To Read In Your 20’s
I believe books can help you gain more knowledge than any typical college or school can. And I am saying this based on my experience. I never knew who I am, how the world functions, what kind of opportunities are available in the world and what all I am capable of doing until I opened my first nonfiction book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.
It’s been more than 2 years since I started my reading journey and, in this time, I have read several books that explore different genres, romance, self-help, biographies, fantasies and what not. Although, all the books had a positive impact on my life yet there are few books that transformed my life.
Among those books, I want to share with you 3 unique books that I believe you should read in your 20’s or 30’s. If you read these books, I assure you life will not be the same for you and to you.
Okay, enough lectures, let’s dive into some great books now.
3 Unique Books To Read In Your 20’s & 30’s To Transform Your Life:
1. The Laws Of Human Nature by Robert Greene:
Have you ever wondered why some people are extremely sweet from outside but equally bitter from inside? Or people who always crave attention? Or people who feel jealous of your success but showcase as if they are the happiest person?
Well, you might call such people mean, selfish or judgmental but the reality is we all are same yet trying to hide our real self. Feeling jealous, envy, hate, judging others are some of the common traits of our human behavior. But as humans are stupid and are a root cause of their own problems, we have categorized emotions and human nature as good and bad.
Understand: Your brain is like an innocent child, it doesn’t know which emotion is good or bad so it feels everything, be it love or hate which is being a part of a human.
But as we grow up and our social interaction increases, the definition of good and bad starts hunting us down. We start feeling that hate and jealousy are bad emotions and resemble bad humans. As a result, we start repressing our emotions. But the more you ignore those emotions or the more you fights against them, the more such emotions grow and slowly, you start hiding your half real self (which involves those negative emotions)
The worst part is social media has put so much pressure on us for being good, kind, happy, loveable, and supportive that whenever we feel a ‘negative’ emotion, we start judging ourselves.
Now understand this, when you are in your 20’s or 30’s, you are going to come across several people. Some will only pretend to like you and some will truly love you. The question is how do you identify the difference?
Well, the answer lies is Robert Greene’s book, The Laws Of Human Nature. This book is not only useful to save yourself from dangerous people but to also know yourself better, how you can align those negative emotions on your work so that it yields good results for you and how you can become the master of the world just by knowing every single aspect of human nature. Because as I said, we humans are stupid, anyone can take control over us, if only one knows how to.
There are total 18 laws of human nature in the book. I have reviewed four of them here in brief, you can check it out here.
2. The Brain by David Eagleman:
An underrated book, Brain will blow your brain. Brain is a detailed and well-researched guide on how our brain functions. When I read Brain, I was taken back initially due to excessive scientific terms but as I read further, I was surprised and thrilled.
Brain is a kind of book that will prove your whole existence pointless yet at the same time, it will help you to understand yourself better. For example: If I ask what’s the color of your skin, what would be your answer? Okay, I am not a racist but Brain proves that whatever color you think you see in the external world like blue, black, red, white, etc are mere the interaction among different aspects of your brain otherwise the whole universe is colorless and everything is tasteless.
“No one is having an experience of the objective reality that really exists; each creature perceives only what it has evolved to perceive.”
One of the most unfortunate things about us, humans, is that although we were supposed to lead our brain and use it as we wish but now our brain is leading us and making us miserable with each passing day.
If you want to know how your brain functions, what’s the science behind every thought, and how you can control your brain then this is the book for you.
3. Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta:
When I say that I am reading books from the past 2 years, I mean there hasn’t been a day when I didn’t read a nonfiction book. And by now, I have read more than 100 self-help books. And guess what? I find all those 100 self-help books just a copy or an extended version of a topic from Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta.
“Neither in this world nor elsewhere is there any happiness in store for him who always doubts”
Although it’s a religious book, I believe it is more like a life guide which has summed up everything that you need to live a happy, fulfilled, and successful life.
“ Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is!”
The concept of subconscious mind, karma, manifestation, habits, ego, spirituality, meditation and much more comes from this one book.
“The power of God is with you at all times; through the activities of mind, senses, breathing, and emotions; and is constantly doing all the work using you as a mere instrument.”
In fact, Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta reminds of a dialogue from a Bollywood movie which goes like, ‘everyone is a gangster until a real gangster arrives’.
If I may, I would request you to please do yourself a favor and read this book.
These are the three books that challenged me, transformed me, and helped me get out of the rat race. I believe if you read only these books, you will be better than half of the human population. Mark my words, these are the kind books that people don’t generally read due to the size or because they are not as popular as other stupid self-help books and that’s why you should use these books as an advantage to get ahead in life.