Book Review: The Defining Decade

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them NowThe Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I read this book from start to finish in literally a few hours, having been sucked into its timely lessons and enlightening ideas. Being a 22-year-old and recent college graduate starting my career, I could relate to Dr. Meg Jay's discussions about the mindset of a twentysomething. She uses logic, data, and experience to share the dangers that twentysomethings find themselves facing and that thinking the twenties are all about "finding ourselves" and putting off decisions and living it up ("YOLO") is actually a terrible mistake.

Jay discusses the main topics of work, relationships, and the body and mind and how the twenties can be used more effectively in each of those areas. Many twentysomethings are completely lost, uncertain, and disillusioned by the universe we quickly find ourselves in after college and it is difficult to find true happiness and fulfillment, even if we are "enjoying ourselves" with partying, easy jobs, or off-and-on relationships. Jay offers us a new way to approach these negative feelings and to make a plan for ourselves and our futures.

I would highly recommend this book to ANYONE in their twenties, even if you feel like you have a pretty good handle on things. Not everything in this book applied to me, but I was still able to take something away from it. Now is the time to invest in ourselves and our future--and this book was a fantastic motivator and reminder of that.

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