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21+ Books Every Man In Their 20’s Should Read

Your 20’s are an interesting time. You’re halfway between being a fully-fledged adult and a child. You might spend part of your 20’s living with your parents trying to kick off your career, while you have other friends in their 20’s who are married with kids or have moved abroad. Whatever you’re doing, it’s a time of change and growth for everyone.

To help you along the way, here are 21 books that every man should read while in his 20’s.

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#1 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance By Robert Pirsig

In essence, this book is a father-son cross-country motorcycle trip with one set of friends. Most of the story takes place in a first-person point-of-view.

This allows the narrator to do a few things: 1) tell the tale of the trip in real-time, 2) illuminate the person he used to be when he revisits places from his past, 3) reconciling the father-son relationship, and 4) his philosophical “Chautauqua” on motorcycle maintenance and quality (which is really the meat of the book’s popularity over decades).

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Contributors: Brian Shell from Passion Hero

  1. Great book

#2 She Comes First By Ian Kerner

This is an important book for men in their 20s who have grown up in the age of the internet. Sex education in school focuses on reproduction and pleasure is primarily learnt through mainstream male-centric porn. For every 3 orgasms a man has, a woman has 1. Kerner provides great insight into closing The Orgasm Gap and offers new ways for men to perceive sex. He effectively re-centers a woman’s pleasure by introducing “sexual habits” focusing on clitoral stimulation, something that Crescendo, the world’s first bendable smart vibrator, can aid with.

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Contributors: Stephanie Alys from MysteryVibe

  1. To me a great part of She Comes First is tell blokes that “Hey you’re going to have a lot more fun if she does, in fact the more fun she has, the more fun you’ll have” and then sets about leading us in the right direction.

#3 The Millionaire Next Door By Thomas Stanley and William Danko

Often, those who are wealthy are depicted as being flush with cash and living luxuriously. This book shows a different mindset on how to live a life where you aren’t always “catching up to the Joneses” and instead are finding a way to live comfortably and plan for a better future.

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Contributors: Stuart Conover from SCC Holdings

#4 The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason

Thrift, financial planning and personal wealth are all covered in this excellent book. The lessons are all provided in story form and lay the foundation for wise money management.

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Contributors: Tom Hopkins from Tom Hopkins International, Inc

#5 The Official Guide to Success by Tom Hopkins

This is a synopsis of the success strategies and pitfalls explained in 82 other self-help, success-type books of the 20th Century. Popular at its initial publication, this book is being rediscovered by today's younger generation as a quick and easy read on topics faced every day.

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Contributors: Tom Hopkins from Tom Hopkins International, Inc

#6 Designed For More By Lucas Ramirez

"We are becoming more and more homogeneous and cloistered in our silos and echo chambers, and if we don't break the cycle with the rising generation of leaders (males in their 20s) our world will become increasingly prejudice, violent and hate-filled. We need young men to lead the way towards unity and my recent book uses lessons from nature to give us a new path forward."

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Contributors: Lucas Ramirez from The Gathering Place

#7 Easy Strength By Dan John & Pavel

In your 20’s your body is primed to help you get a ton stronger, increase lean muscle mass (no, I’m not talking Arnold, although you can do that as well,) and set yourself up for a lifetime of strength with fewer injuries. In his book “Easy Strength” Dan John & Pavel Tsatsouline share with you their nearly 60 years of combined experience in the health and fitness field, giving you a recipe to increase your strength, keep your life in balance and have a blast doing it….. It’s easier than you think!

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Contributors: Menachem Brodie from Human Vortex Training LLC.

#8 Eat That Frog By Brian Tracy

This book will provide you with actionable steps and strategies on how to be more productive in life, how to stand out from your peers and how to be the top performer in your company. Whether you're an entrepreneur or climbing the corporate ladder, this book will help you to succeed.

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Contributors: Shawn Breyer from Breyer Home Buyers

#9 I Will Teach You How To Be Rich By Ramit Sethi

Nobody likes being told that they need to keep a budget or watch how much they spend, nor that they SHOULD be investing, but we all know that we need to, and should be.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich is a fantastic dive into how to realistically live your life and set up your finances so that you can get started down the path to Financial Freedom and Financial security…. without counting pennies, and feeling like “all the fun’s been sucked out of my life.”

Ramit gives you a blunt, honest, and humorous guide on how to ACTUALLY manage your finances, and set yourself up to be saving and investing, without thinking about it.

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Contributors: Menachem Brodie from Human Vortex Training LLC.

#10 The Dip By Seth Godin

“Don’t ever give up,” “Keep your head down and just do the work”and “Quitters never win” are all idioms we have heard a million times….but what if I told you that they’re often stupid and flat-out wrong….would you believe me? In his book “The Dip,” thought leader and business development expert Seth Godin serves as the iconoclast, exploding the myth that simply “pushing through” is always the answer. A must-read for those looking to develop into world-class athletes and experts, “The Dip” helps you to understand why quitting can be a good thing, but only when you do it intelligently.

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Contributors: Menachem Brodie from Human Vortex Training LLC.

#11 How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Communicating in a way where you can learn from the other person and leaving the conversation with you both feeling good about it, is quickly becoming a lost art. In “How to win friends & influence people” Dale Carnegie shares time-tested lessons to help you connect at deeper levels with those whom you meet. A classic personal development book, you may quickly find yourself going back to it time and time again.

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Contributors: Menachem Brodie from Human Vortex Training LLC.

#12 The Slight Edge By Jeff Olson

In this book, Olson perfectly illustrates how small and seemingly inconsequential actions taken today can add up to a huge impact over time. This is an especially crucial lesson for guys in their 20s to learn because whether they're making financial investments at the bank or physical investments at the gym, their efforts will have a huge pay off later in life. The key, as Olson illustrates is to get started NOW.

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Contributors: Dave Bowden from IrreverentGent

#13 Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants By Elliott Katz

You're a decent man and treat women properly, so why don't you feel respected by women? What is it about pop culture that has led men to not act the way women expect them to act? This book full of relationship advice for men has been translated into 24 languages by publishers in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

From the author: "Here's my personal growth story: I was married, divorced, blamed the other person and then asked myself: What do I have to learn from this? So I set out to learn what it really means to be a man in a relationship."

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Contributors: Elliott Katz from ElliottKatz

#14 Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Besides The Bible, Think and Grow Rich is credited with making more millionaires than any other books. The author, Napoleon Hill, was groundbreaking in the sense that Andrew Carnegie gave him access to hundreds of millionaires and allowed him to distill their secrets of success. His findings were put in Think And Grow Rich.

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Contributors: James Pollard from TheAdvisorCoach

#15 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

Do you find yourself struggling with how you should conduct your life? If so Peterson's book may be just what you need. Peterson combines biology and behavioral and archetypal psychology to come up with tried and true rules for conducting a meaningful life.

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Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#16 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy, often considered one of the greatest minds in literature lays out his case for how the world works in his epic masterpiece. If you find yourself looking at the world in utter confusion when it comes to how it operates, War and Peace may just help you to find some peace among the chaos.

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Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#17 Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

This nonfiction classic paints a rich and broad history of the world. It is a sweeping introduction to understanding how different cultures have arrived at their respective places in the modern world. Every man in their 20s could glean from this book. It blends historical, geographical and anthropological elements to put our world into perspective. Readers will realize how short human history really is and how far we still have to go as a global society.

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Contributors: Alexander Lewis from Lewis Commercial Writing

#18 The 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss

Our 20s are a season for learning. We gain perspective about the world around us while realizing the unique skills we have to offer the workforce. However, in our learning many of us take on a perspective that busyness equates to productivity. In Tim Ferriss' book, The 4 Hour Work Week, he challenges the notion that more labor leads to more personal fulfilment or wealth. He replaces those notions with a new perspective: focused, strategic work and resources can provide greater professional fulfilment, wealth and freedom. These are good lessons to learn early in one's career.

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Contributors: Alexander Lewis from  Lewis Commercial Writing

#19 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

There is a difference between working for money and having your money work for you. Robert talks about growing up with his blue-collar thinking dad and his best friends white-collar thinking dad. The explanation of assets versus liabilities is critical for people to understand as early as possible if they wish to see success in their work endeavours.

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Contributors: Rob Kessler from Million Dollar Collar

#20 The Way of the Superior Man By David Deida

This book is a true classic that becomes even more relevant with time. It helps a man to step into his true power, to let go of his need to 'please' his father and ultimately to live his life as a free man.

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Contributors: Emyrald Sinclaire from Pure Radiant Self

#21 His Needs, Her Needs by Williard F. Harley

Here's the thing with money, if you can figure it out early, it will help you for the rest of your life. But if you fupp it up...well you're screwed. This book will show a man in his 20s the power of compounding interest and WHERE exactly he should put his money to ensure a happy retirement. Yes, you've got to start thinking about this stuff in your 20s so that you're taken care of well after your 40s, 50s and beyond!

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Contributors: Emyrald Sinclaire from Pure Radiant Self

#22 Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon is best when he rises into marvelous creations. In his idealistic book, the real story where the whole life is cleft into sections, Manhood for Amateurs is the first perpetual struggle of intimate writing from author itself presenting his experiences and his concept of life in the way, so many of us endure our own lives: as a series of thoughts, anxieties, and retrospects, each enticed by a conflict, in the present, that holds some provision of the history.

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Contributors: Lachlan Dibbs from Logo Orbit

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