The Defining Decade by Dr. Meg Jay is meant for the twentysomething looking for direction in their life. Dr. Jay is a clinical psychologist, author and speaker. At a TedTalk titled “Why 30 is not the new 20”, Jay talks about our twenties being a critical period of adulthood. The Defining Decade provides insight into her TedTalk and is a wonderful resource for twentysomethings.
The Defining Decade focuses on three topics: work, love, and the brain and the body. Each topic encourages twentysomethings to take their twenties seriously. Jay asks us to avoid the “leave it until you are thirty” or “thirty is the new twenty” mentality. The Work chapters motivate twentysomethings to build their careers and talents in their twenties so it can grow into meaningful success in their thirties and forties. The Love chapters focus on having twentysomethings understand that dating and relationships should not be in the back burner if you are considering starting a family. Finally, the brain and body chapters remind twentysomethings that their twenties are a time of great physical and mental change.
Here are my three ideas you can use when reading the book:
Relationships create opportunities. The people you meet and get to know have something to offer. Is there a friend you would like to reach out to, but have not?
Life is too short to wait to get your idea started. Someone may already have a head start on you and ideas are constantly changing. Are you going to let it get away?
Now is the time to make mistakes and errors so you can go back and fix them. What is it that you want to begin today?
The ideas presented in this book are meant for twentysomethings, but can apply to people of all ages. If you want to buy this book, I highly recommend you purchase online through Amazon at this link – The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now. It’s currently on sale here only through Amazon. You may also want to consider Audible. Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks.
Jay, Meg. The Defining Decade. New York, Twelve, 2013.
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