Before I’m 30.

So I’m turning twenty-five tomorrow.

Cue the songs of stirring, heartbreaking nostalgia.

No, but seriously, people, I feel like I’m approaching my sixtieth birthday instead of what should be the prime of my life. Quarter-life crisis, I suppose.

What does one do to seek inspiration when one wakes up disgruntled because every morning is ONE. DAY. CLOSER?

One hits up good old And one finds a list of 20 books to read before age 30.

  1. Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job – Jon Acuff
  2. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
  3. Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey
  4. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life –Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  5. The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau
  6. Do The Work – Steven Pressfield
  7. The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success –Andy Andrews
  8. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel Pink
  9. Essentialism – Greg McKeown
  10. 48 Days to the Work You Love – Dan Miller
  11. The 4 Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss
  12. Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
  13. How to Win Friends and Influence People –  Dale Carnegie
  14. The Energy Bus – Jon Gordon
  15. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
  16. The Greatest Salesman in the World –Og Mandino
  17. Confessions of a Terrible Husband: Lessons Learned From a Lumpy Couch – Nick Pavlidis
  18. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
  19. The Bible
  20. The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday

The titles in blue are the ones I’ve read. Which means at this point that I have a pretty extensive program ahead.

I feel better.

I don’t know anything about most of these titles… have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know.


6 thoughts on “Before I’m 30.

    I’ve read #2,4,10,15,19, & 20
    Of the ones you haven’t read, I highly recommend #15,2,4, & 20 in that order. #10 is for someone very driven and organized (not me).


  2. Hi Elisabeth,
    Belated Happy Birthday! The only book that I’ve read in the list is “The Power of Habit”. What can I say? I prefer fantasy to reality 😀 But you’ve an interesting list… The other book that I found really useful and motivating is “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey,


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