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13 Books To Read Before Turning 30 That Can Make Your Life Much Better

13 Books To Read Before Turning 30 That Can Make Your Life Much Better

1. The Intelligent Investor

The Inteliigent Investor

    When Warren Buffet endorses as a book as “the best book on investing ever written”, you pay attention.

    This book focuses more on loss minimization rather than profit maximization. It focuses on the fundamentals and basics of smart financial investing to help its readers understand the market.

    2. Rich Dad Poor Dad

    Rich Dad Poor Dad

      This unique book is one title amongst many the seeks to teach financial literacy not shown in everyday school.

      Books such as this allow you to take away another meaning of being financially successful in life. Letting your money work for you, not the other way around.

      3. Man’s Search for Meaning

      Mans search for meaning

        Man’s Search for Meaning takes place in an Auschwitz Concentration Camp during World War 2.

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        While the book focuses on the author’s time there, the underlying message focuses on hope and determination being the keys to getting through difficult situations. Viktor Frankl captures the picture in only the way someone who lived through it could.

        4. The 48 Laws of Power

        The 48 Laws of power

          The book takes its lessons from 3000 years of history.

          It’s been read by CEO’s, Millionaires and Celebrities to help them get ahead. While the tactics focus on a world built around you and paint things in a dark light, many of the laws cannot be denied.

          5. On The Road

          On the Road

            Jack Kerouac paints a vivid picture of his life as a beatnik in the 50’s.

            Based on experiences in his life, his character Sal Paradise as a “beat”. A word which Jack describes as being at the bottom of your personality and looking up. On the Road is a must read for anyone who who wonder what life was like for other generations of youth.

            6.  Zero to One

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            Zero to One

              “There is no more frontiers”.

              This quote has been uttered by many, many people who wished to make their mark on the world but had no idea how. This book’s focus is to help people understand that this is a misconception. It helps readers think on the best way to innovate and think critically!

               7. Awaken the Giant Within

              Awaken the Giant Within

                Awaken the Giant Within was written by Tony Robbins to give you the necessary tools to help inspire change in your life.

                Tony is an expert in change, and his main focus is to help you build the life that you’re looking for, to inspire the change that you so desperately want.

                8. The Richest Man in Babylon

                The Richest Man in Babylon Cover

                  George Clason wrote this book to help increase people’s ability for Common Sense.

                  He states that Common Sense is not the same as common knowledge. As a result wished to help people understand exactly what common sense is in the workplace. This book is a must have for those wishing to understand the true essence of business.

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                  9. Oh, The Places You’ll Go

                  Oh The Places Youll Go

                    What? A Dr. Seuss Book? How can this book help when you’re in your 20’s?

                    This book is a cleverly disguised read that actually helps people understand that feeling lost as an adult is normal! Life is complicated and filled with doors, this book helps you realize that being unsure of yourself is perfectly okay.

                    10. How to Cook Everything

                    How to Cook Everything Cover

                      Who doesn’t need a good cookbook? How to cook everything is equipped with 1000 meals to help you achieve freedom at home.

                      At some point our lives we all need to be able to cook and fend for ourselves. So this book is a great start to help you reach that goal.

                      11. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

                      GRIT-book-cover

                        Angela Duckworth puts forth an interesting theory in this book.

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                        She states that success is not talent-based, but is based on persistence and passion. It is true that even a small voice can make big waves, and her books are a must read for those wishing to achieve more in their lives!

                        12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

                        The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Cover

                          This book aims to change your attitude and habits towards success.

                          Instead of just going through the normal humdrum day that is an ordinary life, Stephen Covey wants to help you live a life of exuberance. But if you can’t change who you are now, your odds of achieving that are severely limited.

                          13. Think and Grow Rich

                          Think and Grow Rich Cover

                            This classic novel focuses on the ability to acquire wealth.

                            Not just in a monetary sense, but in a life sense. Napoleon comes from the school of thought that success doesn’t just mean financial freedom, but enjoying your life as a whole.

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                            Last Updated on August 16, 2018

                            10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                            10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                            The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

                            In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

                            Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

                            1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

                            What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

                            Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

                            2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

                            Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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                            How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

                            Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

                            Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

                            3. Get comfortable with discomfort

                            One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

                            Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

                            4. See failure as a teacher

                            Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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                            Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

                            Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

                            10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

                            5. Take baby steps

                            Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

                            Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

                            Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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                            6. Hang out with risk takers

                            There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

                            Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

                            7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

                            Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

                            Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

                            8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

                            What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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                            9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

                            Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

                            If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

                            10. Focus on the fun

                            Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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