Growing up, many of us assumed adults had it all figured out. They seemed so sure of who they were and what they believed in, and we surely thought our own adult lives would be the same. Fast forward a decade or three, and suddenly we’ve grown up ourselves – and we most certainly do. not have it all figured out.
So how do we begin to improve in this “adult” thing? Well, we can start by learning more about how people handle their professional and personal lives like the pros. And with that in mind, we recommend checking out the five excellent books below.
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Quarter of life: the search for the self in early adulthood
By Satya Doyle Byock
Renowned psychotherapist uses personal storytelling, mythology, Jungian psychology, pop culture, literature, and client case studies to provide cues for navigating the “Quarter of Life” and the years between adolescence and quarantine. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Satya Doyle Byock, in the Next Big Idea app
Dream first, detail later: how to stop overthinking and get there!
By Ellen Marie Bennett
The author shares her incredible journey from a young cook to the founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, a brand of aprons and kitchen equipment that dresses the world’s top chefs. Her book will help anyone procrastinating on a goal, career change, or business idea to stop obsessive worry and take action. Listen to our summary of Book Bite, read by author Ellen Marie Bennett, in the Next Big Idea app
Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Positive Changes That Last
By Wendy Wood
A University of Southern California psychologist draws on three decades of original research to explain the fascinating science of how we form habits and offers the key to unlocking our habitual mind to make the changes we seek . Take our original video online course, taught by author Wendy Wood, in the Next Big Idea app
Your turn: how to become an adult
By Julie Lythcott-Haims
A former Stanford dean offers compassion, personal experience and practical strategies for living a more authentic adult life, as well as inspiration through interviews with dozens of voices from the rich diversity of the human population who have successfully launched their adult life. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Julie Lythcott-Haims, in the Next Big Idea app
The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life
By Lauren Martin
With a good job and healthy relationships, the author seemed to have it all, but she couldn’t get rid of lingering feelings of inferiority, irritability, etc. The Book of Moods is his deep dive into what causes such negative emotions, what they are for, and how anyone can deal with them more effectively. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Lauren Martin, in the Next Big Idea app
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