It is no surprise that millennial’s are worried sick about the future. I am at a point in my life where I feel like I am falling off track. Stumbling through life until the next opportunity presents itself. I have collated the top 5 books which have helped me get back on track and focus on the end goal.
I am not the busiest person in the world, but I do run out of time a lot during the 9-5 grind. My overall commute to work takes me around 3 hours each day. When you drive the same route so repetitively, you start to realise how much time you are wasting. Podcasts and Audible have been a lifesaver for me as it allows me to absorb information whilst also getting on with my daily commute.
This book put finances into perspective for me. I have been terrible with money ever since getting my first piece of pocket money at age 11. I would get my £5 a week, immediately go to the shops and come back with my bounty. This usually included sweets and hair product. This mentality with money followed me into adulthood, and it is something that I am still getting to grips with today.
The central principle of this book is to encourage readers to not “work for money” but to have “money work for them“. I have listened to it around three times now, and its core messages have ingrained into my brain. It follows Robert’s journey from childhood and covers the words and pieces of training that the wealthy parents have given to their children that the poor have not. You do need to look past the elitist title because the book does have real gems that will help you battle your finances a little more.
This book is a little hippy-dippy, and I won’t lie about that. The core message, however, is excellent. Its ethos focuses on taking control of your life and how to use the law of attraction to wish you ideal life into existence. It is a little spiritual, but it is inspiring none the less.
It raises some fantastic points on taking note of your moods and emotions. It highlights how to work on how to change the way you feel so that your feelings do not dictate how your day and your life will go. It also has a gentle reminder to be grateful for the opportunities that you have had. In this world of want, individuals can quickly lose track of the amazing people and experiences that they have already had.
Mel Robbins has always been a favourite of mine. I find her voice alone motivational. When that is matched with powerful words and lessons, you have a recipe that can change your life.
The 5-second rule is such a simple concept; it uses the science of habits and how to create and break them. I mainly used the 5-second rule because I used to find it incredibly difficult to get out of bed in the morning. Even when I eventually got out of bed, I’d like to sit there and lay for a long time, scrolling through my phone. It was a ritual, and I am a creature of habit.
I am still struggling with getting up, but now I get up on the first alarm. It is in no way as easy as it sounds.
My alarm goes off, I count backwards from 5, and I stand up out of my bed, I go to the other side of my room and stand there until I am undoubtedly awake, and then I start my day. It is amazing how less lethargic I feel when I use this method. Although that 5 second period is usually the hardest out of my day, I am so grateful for being up early and getting a head start.
Crushing it was another great book if you need something to snap you out of your funk. Gary Vaynerchuk at first glance gives off the vibe of a young entrepreneur that is trying to get you to sign up to a multi-level marketing scheme but as the book progresses, his charisma is infectious. This book has more of a feel-good vibe and embodies the ethos of just grabbing the bull by the horns and going out there and crushing it!
This book might not be for everyone, but as someone who hopes to one day own my own company, it was a great starting block and instilled confidence in me. I have and am still in the corporate 9-5 grind, but this book promised hope for a better life, one where I am in control. Gary focuses a lot on a personal brand, which I feel very passionate about. I think a strong personal brand is the best commodity an individual can create.
This is a no BS book. it sounds contradictory to recommend this book following the other 4 books but it is important to read a variety and take what you need from each. The subtle art highlights that you do not have to pretend to be positive all of the time. It helps you to understand your emotions, acknowledge them and then just move on. Recommending that improving your life hinges not on your ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better.
I found this book a little pessimistic, and I am a pessimistic optimist, I always hope for the best out of a situation, but I am always prepared for the worst. This book has blown up on social media in the last few years and with good reason. The market is saturated with books that tell you to “feel better”, and in that waterfall of self-help guides, there is this book that says, actually you can feel terrible, and the best thing to do is to acknowledge it and move on.
I hope these books add value to your lives in the way that they have added value to mine. I have read some of these books 3 or 4 times because once again I am a creature of habit and I need to experience things a few times before I grasp the message truly. All books have Amazon links if you want to check them out and Audible has a 30-day free trial or you can click on the Orangutan below.