What are some must read books for people in their 20s?

What are some must read books for people in their 20s? by @ZacScy

Answer by Zac Scy:

Thanks for the A2A! =)

I’ve updated my list since the last time I posted it, so here’s the new one with a couple of new titles.

It’s a list of “game-changers”. These are books that helped shape me and the way in which I view the world.

They basically gave me the tools to learn how to think rather than what to think.

I return to some of them every other year or so because each time I read them they give me something new.


Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction – Philip E. Tetlock, Dan Gardner

The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization – Arthur Herman

Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time – Jeffrey Pfeffer

Power: Why Some People Have it and Others Don’t – Jeffrey Pfeffer

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World – Adam M. Grant

Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell

Think like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain – Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance – Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything – Joshua Foer

Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative – Austin Kleon

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered – Austin Kleon

Mastery – Robert Greene

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek

Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success – Shane Snow

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day – Michael J. Gelb

The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast – Josh Kaufman

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol S. Dweck

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel H. Pink

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others – Daniel H. Pink

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles – Steven Pressfield

Do the Work – Steven Pressfield

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connections and Courage – Brené Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brené Brown

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration – Ed Catmull

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version – Lao Tzu

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity – Julia Cameron

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You – Elaine N. Aron

What the Bleep Do We Know!?: Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality – William Arntz

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance – David Epstein

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions – Randall Munroe

The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss

Poke the Box – Seth Godin

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? – Seth Godin

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert B. Cialdini

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl

The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life – Maxwell Maltz

Contagious: Why Things Catch On – Jonah Berger

Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator – Ryan Holiday

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion – Gary Vaynerchuk

How We Decide – Jonah Lehrer

Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny! – Anthony Robbins

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R. Covey

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work – Mason Currey

Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average – Joseph T. Hallinan

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – Gary Keller

The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help – Amanda Palmer


Also, you should get on Goodreads to get more recommendations and connect with fellow readers.

Happy reading!

Have a kick-ass ₢eative day! =)

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