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When I was in my early twenties, I went through a big transition in my life where I felt lost, confused and helpless at times. It was not because I was living “in the real world”, as I’ve already been on my own at a young age. I just felt confused, lost, overwhelmed and anxious. You may be going through these very feelings yourself.
But throughout this transition I was guided by people who became my teachers during this time of personal growth. People who had gone through similar situations and survived. I learned so much from these people as they guided me in my journey. The really amazing thing was that I never met or talked with these people. These individuals came to me in the form of books.
Non-fiction books are a way to learn from people who can teach you things that you will never learn otherwise. And fiction books allow you to escape mentally, when you physically can’t.
It is not an accident that the world’s most financially successful people READ. Because your self-education is linked to your satisfaction in life and even income since you can learn skills that could be applied to the workforce.
You don’t have to physically read a book. You can listen to the audiobook version as you drive, clean or workout. There is no excuse to not find time to listen to a book or read one.
During that transition period of my life there were 8 books that guided me and helped me find my own way. Hopefully they can help you as well.
The way of Transition by William Bridges
If you feel lost, personally, professionally or emotionally, this is the book for you. The author takes you from a state of confusion, tragedy or crisis, to viewing it as a time for incredible growth.
The author makes a point that what you’re going through is not a “break down” but a “break through” in order to grow as a person.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The author was at the point of suicide after falling into a deep depression. But as he was contemplating killing himself, he thought, “I can no longer live with myself” And something about this sentence got his mind going. “Wait, who is I and who is myself? Are they different people?” And these questions took him on a journey of personal development. Today, he travels the world teaching about the power of our thoughts and how to stop living in illusion by replaying the past or worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
99% of us are not taught financial literacy in school. This book started my whole journey into my personal development in my early 20’s. Although this book is about managing money and making it grow, it will force you to question your beliefs about money.
Struggling with money is one of the biggest causes of anxiety and relationship problems. It’s important to learn how money works and how to become financially independent.
Although this is a financial book, it does more than that. It’s about challenging what we are all taught in school and learning for yourself in order to take control of your life.
Conversations with God by Neal Donald Walsh
I heard of this book a few times before I bought it because I thought it had to do with religion. It has nothing to do with religion. Conversations with God is a series of four books, each focusing on a different area of life.
I suggest looking up the author on YouTube to see if it’s something you are open to. Warning: this book could shift the way you view the world.
You can heal your life by Louise Hay
There is more and more research being done looking at the connection between our emotional experiences and diseases. In this book, Louise Hay shares how feelings that are not expressed appropriately or ever dealt with, could turn into different medical diseases.
If you struggle with any medical issues, this book may be of interest to you.
Quarter Life crisis
If you recently graduated from high school or college and feel lost, you are not alone. School has provided a clear path of what we need to do. And adults have told you what to do your whole life. So when you’re all done with school, it can be overwhelming with the many choices you have to make, with little to no guidance.
This book guides you through this big transition period in your life.
The Matrix by Gregg Braden
This book is about different science experiments that have been done that shows that we are all connected by something, an energy or “matrix”. Since we’re all connected, what we do to others, we do to ourselves. For example, if you wish bad on someone, you are actually wishing bad upon yourself.
This book connects science with spirituality in a beautiful way.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
This book is based on the traditions of the Toltecs, an ancient, indigenous people of Mexico. The author makes a point that we are conditioned from childhood about our world and then we just keep living in a cycle based on what we are taught by other people, school, society, etc.
Don Miguel Ruiz shows new agreements that you can learn to help you live a more peaceful, fulfilling life. My favorite agreement is to never take anything personal, as what other people say and do has very little to do with you.
“Never let schooling get in the way of your education.” Mark Twain
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About the author.
Liza J Alvarado is a professional counselor in private practice. She serves Adolescents, Adults, and spanish-speaking families in the Lehigh Valley, PA area.