Success is something you attract by the person you become through personal development and growth.
While it may seem tough, succeeding as a Millennial and young adult is possible through becoming better and improving yourself.
Success has many different definitions depending on the person.
For me, success is doing whatever I want to do with my life. As a mid-20’s Millennial, I’ve been fairly successful. I’ve worked my way to a six-figure income, and now am saving up to potentially quit my job and do what matters to me: spend time with friends, gain new experiences, and travel.
Whatever your definition for success is, there is a way to get there.
One of the best ways to become better is by reading personal growth and self improvement books.
In this post, I will share with you three books that have helped me out tremendously within the spheres of my career, relationships, and my own personal development.
These three books have helped me become successful in my life, and I hope that through this post, you’ll be motivated to incorporate the teachings of these books into your life for success as a young adult.
3 Books for Millennials Seeking Growth and Success
“I keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had – every day I’m learning something new. – Richard Branson
Below are the three books for millennial success which I recommend to everyone. They cover different areas of self improvement, but when considered as a trio, have the potential to power you to your wildest dreams.
Reading has many benefits.
Most notably, the benefits of reading include:
- Increased ability to comprehend complex ideas more easily
- Increased perspective on the world, a broader base of knowledge, and the ability to show empathy more easily
- Improved vocabulary, both in diversity and depth
By reading the books below, you will be able to grow as a person, become better, and get on the path to reaching your wildest dreams.
Crush Your Mornings with The Miracle Morning
The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod, is all about waking up early to supercharge your performance throughout the day.
Hal discusses how the average person does not devote the necessary time to personal development. By waking up early and carving out time to work on ourselves, we can become the best versions of us.
If you aren’t a morning person, setting intentions before bed may help increase your “Wake up Motivation Level”, as Hal calls it.
Actions like moving your alarm clock across the room, brushing your teeth, drinking a full glass of water, and getting dressed in your workout clothes can help get you pumped for tomorrow the night before.
The Miracle Morning program is based on the S.A.V.E.R.S program he came up with.
S.A.V.E.R.S. stands for:
- S = Silence (Mediation / Prayer / Reflection)
- A = Affirmations
- V = Visualization
- E = Exercise
- R = Reading
- S = Scribing (Journaling / Writing)
Hal suggests spending time in each of these six areas. Depending on your morning, you can spend as little as six minutes on each section, or take as long as you want to complete all six.
Memorable Quotes from The Miracle Morning
Here are some memorable quotes which resonated with me and hopefully will inspire you to read The Miracle Morning.
- Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.
- Every time you choose the easy thing, instead of the right thing, you are shaping your identity, becoming the type of person who does what’s easy, rather than what’s right.
- The moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything in your life.
Develop Great Habits with The Slight Edge
Humans are creatures of habit. Every day, we make simple decisions: what to eat, should we exercise, should I call my parents, should I read my book, etc.
These decisions seem simple and meaningless, but over time, these seemingly small actions ultimately shape our lives.
In The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson talks about the slight edge, which is essentially your philosophy of life. It is your driving force.
Why is this so important?
Your philosophy creates your attitude, which create your actions, which create your results, which create your life. Behaviors, whether good or bad, compound over time.
You should try your best to live your philosophy each day. By performing tasks which are located on the path to your goals, you can achieve anything.
If there is anything you want to accomplish this year or in life, just take a step. That’s all you can do initially. No one goes from 0 to 100 in a day. But, by going from 0 to 1 to 2 to 3, you can get there over time.
Becoming successful as an adult is all about taking baby steps to start. As you get more comfortable, you can increase the pace – in other words, you sometimes have to slow down to go fast!
Memorable Quotes from The Slight Edge
Here are some memorable quotes which resonated with me and hopefully will inspire you to read The Slight Edge.
- The secret of time is simply this: time is the force that magnifies those little, almost imperceptible, seemingly insignificant things you do every day into something titanic and unstoppable.
- Successful people form habits that feed their success, instead of habits that feed their failure.
- In a world filled with instant coffee, instant breakfast, instant credit, instant shopping, instant information, and 24/7 news, we have come dangerously close to losing touch with reality and believing we have access to instant life. But life is not a clickable link.
Have Amazing Relationships with The 5 Love Languages
The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman, deconstructs how we want to be loved and how we should communicate our love to others.
The 5 Love Languages is a quick and incredibly powerful read. By applying the techniques Chapman suggests, anyone can improve their relationship with their friends, family members or significant others.
First, success in your relationships requires understanding three truths about love. These truths are:
- What we do for each other before marriage is no indication of what we will do after marriage.
- Love is a choice and cannot be coerced.
- My spouse’s criticisms about my behavior provide me with the clearest clue to her primary love language.
Understanding these truths sets the stage for the 5 love languages.
The 5 Love Languages are:
- Words of Affirmation
- Acts of Service
- Receiving Gifts
- Quality Time
- Physical Touch
Everyone has their own personal primary love language. Your picture of a perfect mate should give you some idea of your primary love language.
We must be willing to learn our spouse’s primary love language if we are to be effective communicators of love. By learning the love languages and how to work with them, we can cultivate an amazing and loving relationship with our spouse.
Memorable Quotes from The 5 Love Languages
Here are some memorable quotes which resonated with me and hopefully will inspire you to read The 5 Love Languages.
- Encouragement requires empathy and seeing the world from your spouse’s perspective. We must first learn what is important to our spouse. Only then can we give encouragement.
- Learning to listen may be as difficult as learning a foreign language, but we must if we want to communicate love.
- If a woman feels loved, admired and appreciated by her husband, then she has a desire to be physically intimate with him. Most sexual problems in marriage have little to do with physical technique but everything to do with meeting emotional needs.
“Your level of success is rarely exceeded by your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” – Hal Elrod
Read These Books and Live the Life You Want and Deserve
“I don’t believe anyone can be “improved” by buying and reading a book. They can only be “improve, if that is the word, by their own actions.” – Felix Dennis
Reading these 3 books, and more importantly, applying what you have learned, will get you on the path to success – however you define that success.
I’m very thankful I’ve read these books and applied what I learned in them. The Miracle Morning sets up your day for success, The Slight Edge governs your philosophy on life, and The 5 Love Languages influences how you interact with others.
Combining these three will help you on your path towards success as a young adult. These books for Millennial success will help you improve yourself for the better.
I have not come across personal growth books which have been more influential to my development. I hope this post has inspired you to take action and focus on your self development so you can live the life you deserve.
How do you define success? Have you read any of these 3 books? What goals are you working towards?