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Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived (Perigee Book) Paperback – October 5, 2004
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A roadmap for emerging from one's 20s successful, happy and grounded -- Publishers Weekly
Down-to-earth advice from hundreds of people who successfully walloped the quarterlife crisis -- Indianapolis Star
Highly effective. . . . Every reader is likely to find one person who truly speaks to his or her concerns. -- Newhouse News Service
Many of our readers in their 20s and early 30s could relate -- Times Herald
Robbins gets answers [that] can point a person in the right direction -- Chicago Tribune
There's a lot of good career advice here -- Washington Post
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Many of the chapter titles had the same questions and statements that I've pondered. These are the chapters that meant the most to me:
- What if I don't know what I want?
- When do I let go of my dream?
- Why am I having trouble meeting people?
- How important are sparks?
- How do I weight doing something I love versus making money?
- What if I feel like I'm "stuck"?
- How do I stop comparing myself to other people?
- How do I stop feeling so overwhelmed?
However, I didn't find this book very helpful beyond the "I'm not alone" factor. Sure these are questions I've asked and it's nice to read that other people are going through the same thing. But there's very little in the way of advice for dealing with these concerns. The best advice came from the contributors (make lists, imagine this scenario, ask yourself these questions, etc.). Robbins seemed to summarize the contributors' advice in the chapter conclusions in a hopes to claim credit for the idea.
The book has a lot of feelings in it. There are stories from many "mentors" who have endured tragic or hectic circumstances and much of what they have to say revolves around how they *felt* at the time and how they *feel* now. Some of it is, of course, practical, like "I went to see a therapist" which could actually be practical advice for many people in similar situations, but most of it is really very abstract and touchy-feely.
The attempt by the author and the mentors to deliver difficult solutions for difficult problems is surely a Herculean task and I am appreciative for that much, but I don't feel that I would derive any real value from the book were I having a quarterlife crisis. I suppose that's a large bias that I should flag: I don't feel plagued by any of the questions posed in the book, so it may simply be a case of not falling in the target audience.
I don't think that's exactly it though, but rather more due to my ruthlessly logical nature. I appreciate the emotion involved with traumatic events, but, first, most of the events described in the book don't strike me as traumatic per se, but rather just frustrating. Second, I am loath to accept advice such as "just believe in yourself and eventually your dreams will come true". That advice was dispensed more than once in the book and seemed to be compatible with the book's overarching theme. I like concrete advice.Read more ›
This book is a collection of stories from 20 and 30 somethings about different aspects of their "Quarterlife-Crisis." The book is not meant to give you an action plan to address your specific crisis. The purpose of the book, I think, is to show you that you are not alone in your concerns. By reading all the different stories you will feel comfortable in knowing that there are other people who are going through the same things you are going through and that you can succeed just like they did. This book will relieve a lot of anxiety and motivate you.
This is more of a motivational book than a self-help book. I always thought that I was a total loser for not being more successful than some other people my age. I am now motivated more than ever to make my life better and achieve my dreams because this book has helped me to see that your best days are really ahead of you; you just have to take the first step and make the appropriate changes in your life. You can't predict your life but you can do many things to make it the life that you want.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Helped me FINALLY figure out what I want to do with my life. Great read.Published 13 months ago by Steph Mika
The structure of this book makes it a quick, easy read. I would recommend this book as a gift for friends.Published on August 26, 2013 by Jessica Jazayeri-Nejad
I think this was a book that all soon-to-be adults or new adults should read, from right after college to age 30. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Wonder_Vegan
As far as the content and the language in the book is concerned, there's nothing extraordinary about it. Read morePublished on November 16, 2009 by Amol Kolhe
Awesome book. Self-reflection, good ideas, good for even starting some journal entries about the topics.Published on September 18, 2008 by Jessica Bradstreet
Alexandra hits the nail on the head regarding many of the challenges that twenty-somethings (myself included) face on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Read morePublished on November 29, 2007 by Jim Holt
The most important thing about "Conquering your Quarterlife Crisis" is that it is, amazingly, trying to prepare you in all the ways your education didn't, for the road ahead. Read morePublished on October 17, 2007 by Alex Kaufman
i don't usually like these types of books but just knowing about other people's stories kinda helped. :)Published on May 22, 2006 by Car2x