Wish you had a good source of life advice in your 20s? Who better than those who were somewhat recently in your 20-something shoes? The20Project is a collection of stories, wisdom and advice from life on the other side of 20.

The20Project Book Review

I received a copy of The20Project to review. As I pored over the stories, I looked for common themes in the authors’ stories. Travel emerged as a theme-make sure you travel in your 20s, peeps-as nearly every author mentioned travel as a turning point in their young lives. Winding career paths is another theme. So take heart, young professionals, if your career journey has some surprises. The biggest theme I saw was that there is only one way to live your life-your way. Each person featured in the book had to discover their own path, some with more struggle than others. If this book teaches anything, it is to be fearlessly yourself.

The essays are unpolished at times, but that adds to its realism and honesty. These aren’t professional writers, they are real, relatable people. Authors of varying ages beyond 30 from around the world share what they learned in life through their 20s. The diverse backgrounds of the writers offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of others through their life advice in your 20s.

Although the book is written for readers in their 20s, it would also be useful for high school students or anyone at a life crossroads.

Giving Back

Another theme I saw in the book is the importance of giving service through one’s chosen career path and activities. One of the reasons I was excited to write this review is that the books’ purpose isn’t to make money, it’s to share and help others with life advice in your 20s. All proceeds from the book go to Makomborero, a UK charity that helps with poverty relief in Zimbabwe through the education of children.

Life Advice in Your 20s

What is your advice for twenty-somethings or the best advice you’ve gotten? Join the conversation in the comments below!

9 Comments on Life Advice in Your 20s

  1. This sounds like an awesome book. I really agree with the statement that the best life you can live is your life. If you try to be like everyone else, that may make you happy for a time, but you will never truly realize the awesomeness of yourself if you do that.

  2. Great review! I love how you looked for common themes. Another great book for anyone beginning college or graduating college is “What Now” by Ann Patchett. It’s Ms. Patchett’s commencement address for her alma mater and it definitely addresses all those issues that come at that crossroads point in life!

  3. My best advice for those in their 20’s, is probably not that much different for anyone else:

    seek, and you shall find. Find your spiritual teaching. Make a list of what you are seeking in a spiritual teaching, to have guidance in developing your spirituality, then go out and find it. Without doubt it exists!

    and I agree: Travel. Go to central America, go to China, India, Thailand, Egypt and wherever else you have a nudge to explore. Keep it a bit unstructured, so you can really tune into your gut and allow serendipity to take you where It needs you to go.

    Develop discipline and organizational skills. I had no idea how important these were when I was in my 20’s. I wish someone had told me!

    Break out of orthodoxy. The world is changing fast and the trend is toward – let’s just call it alternative. The structures we have in place are not likely to survive. Help develop new, more sustainable models that will get us to the 22nd century mostly intact.

    Stay away from GMOs – support the organic movement – it may help you and your loved ones to stay healthy and not become another cancer statistic.

    Hope this helps someone – I have confidence that the youth/ young adults are exactly where they need to be and are the greatest resource of souls we have on the planet ? Good luck and may the blessings be!

  4. Thank you for taking the time to read The 20 Project and share it with your readers. It was truly a labor of love from those of us who contributed, and we are happy to be able to donate proceeds to a very worthy cause!


  5. Sounds like an interesting book! I love the idea of living life your way ? Travel is, of course, the best thing ever. But the idea that career paths won’t be what you expect…it’s terrifying, but also helfpul to hear as an almost-post-grad.

  6. The best advice that I have been given is that I should always reach for the sky and never let anyone tell me that I can’t do something. There’s always a way to achieve the goals that I set for myself – just have to remain diligent and to not take no for an answer.

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