Self Help Books to Read in Your 20s

Why reading self help books in your 20s can help you navigate life.

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The views on self help books have always been differing. In my personal opinion I used to find self help books to be a self help great but not useful in everyday life. However, after reading one I realized that I wasn’t giving it a fair chance. Recent studies have shown that self help books are becoming popular amongst gen z readers. “Self help books are worth $800 billion with a 6% growth rate year over year.” (Brandminds.live). These books teach us valuable life skills about not only how to navigate our professional lives, but also how to cope with the hurdles and missteps in our personal life.

Your twenties are an exciting time but that doesn’t make them immune to stress. It is good to set goals as you grow older, but you shouldn’t feel defeated if you don’t accomplish every single one. Society has created this notion that your twenties are the building blocks for the rest of your life. It is difficult to decide on what you want out of life and the hardest part is how to get started. Reading self help books during these years can help you figure out what you might actually want for your future. Books like Your Twenties: No one ever teaches you how to grow up, you know? by Jessica Smith and You are a Badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life by Jen Sincero. These are some examples of moving self help books that you use to navigate adulthood.


The great thing about self help books is that they offer readers an outlet to deal with many stressful situations that could either be niche and specific, or entirely universal. From the perspective of a college graduate, self help books like Five For Your First Five: Own Your Career and Life After College, offer a reassuring perspective on how you can handle future situations. For other readers interested in self help books, you might enjoy books that focus more on how to build your confidence. If that’s the case, try reading 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck' by Mark Manson. These books don’t just come in one format either, there are lots of books like this one that’ll teach you important life skills while also making you laugh.


The world is constantly changing and it's difficult to know what to do next. I found that self help books are a great resource when it comes to dealing with the hardships of being an adult and have taught me new skills I can use in the future. If you haven’t yet, try reading one of these books if you want to enhance your life skills or if you’re looking to set personal goals for yourself.