By Stephen O.
Reading a book is hard, believe me, I know, we barely have time for ourselves, and yet, here we are trying to read, not a 2-minutes article or a magazine, a BOOK, pages-long books. Although it may be challenging to start, a book until this day is an excellent source of knowledge and information. To quote Dr. Seuss, "The more that you read, the more thing you will know. The more you will learn, the more places you will go". Reading has shown to increase creativity, a cognitive engagement that improves lots of things, including vocabulary, thinking skills, and concentration. It also can affect empathy, social perception, and emotional intelligence. The list of benefits from reading goes on and on, with this in mind, it makes complete sense to start picking up a book.
Here's my personal list of self-development books you should read in your early 20's (or any age at all because it is never too late or too early to start to read a book).
1. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a journey of understanding the way we think, he broke them down in two systems, System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman challenges our way of thinking by exposing the extraordinary capabilities and also the faults and biases of fast thinking. These challenges of properly framing work and home, the effect of biases on everything, playing the stock market to planning the next vacation. These can be understood by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions. Kahneman reveals in which we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we benefit from slow thinking. Highly Recommend as a Self-Development book and transform the way you think about thinking.
2. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends and Influence People is a timeless book by Daniel Carnegie. Packed with brilliant advice that has helped thousands of people to succeed in their business and/or their personal lives. As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie's will help you achieve your maximum potential in this complex and competitive modern age. Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to sway people, and the nine ways to change people without being resented. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to improve yourself.
3. Rich dad, poor dad, by Robert. T Kiyosaki
A book by an Investor mastermind, Robert T Kiyosaki that compels you by comparing the value and lesson he gains from his two "Dads." His biological father, whom he calls the "poor" dad and his friend's father, who he called the "rich" dad. Both dads were well educated and successful in their own rights, his poor dad held a Ph.D. and was a lecturer, and his rich dad was an entrepreneur. He cleverly uses these "dads" to illustrate the principle of this book which is, what the rich dads teach their kids about wealth, that the poor and middle class does not.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad, is all about the basic principles of building wealth and increasing financial education. I would highly recommend this to entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs.