John Hawkins

101 Things All New Adults Should Know [John Hawkins]

Practical Advice for the Newly Minted Adult

101 Things All New Adults Should Know is filled with what newly minted adults need to know in order to get the most out of life. Gleaned from a lifetime of trial and error, Hawkins provides advice in short, digestible chapters on everything from love and relationships to career advice and money matters. Readers of this engagingly conversational and informative book will take away practical, achievable advice they can implement immediately. Through anecdotes gleaned from his own life and from the lives of people he knows, Hawkins counsels a young audience without patronizing them. Each of the 101 chapters is thoughtfully structured, with doses of humor to lighten some of the heavier advice. 101 Things All New Adults Should Know is both inspirational and informative, and Hawkins’s heartfelt but practical counsel will be useful not only to Millennials but to their parents as well.

My thoughts on the book: After reading the summary, I thought it might be interesting to have a look and (why not?) check how I fared now that I’m more a regular adult than a “new adult”.  Overall, this self-help book is very interesting and can definitely be useful to the young adult population in their early twenties.

The book offers sound advice and the author sounds like a benevolent father figure or big brother. Some things are more targeted at young men, which is logical because the book is written from a male perspective. At times, it even amused me to see advice about how to clean your place! But, there’s something for everyone in it even though I’ll go as far as saying that sometimes it’s more relevant for an American audience. As a non-American reader, I can say that some references are very foreign and non-applicable. Having said that, I would recommend this book because you can glean some valuable life tips. The author has clearly been leading a multifaceted, riveting life. So, he can legitimately offer valid guidance. There’s one tip that also applies to my situation and that I support 100% — it is about finding something you love in life and that you’ll be ready to do for free until you can make a career out it. Basically, life is short, so be mindful what you do with the little time you’ve been given.

It is an interesting self-help book with a (logically) strong American perspective, but regardless of your cultural background, I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading it.

My score: ♥ ♥


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