101 Things All Young Adults Should Know

I am reading a new book by blogger John Hawkins called 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know and it has some real gems for the young or young at heart.

From the description:

John Hawkins’s book 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know is filled with lessons that newly minted adults need in order to get the most out of life. Gleaned from a lifetime of trial, error, and writing it down, Hawkins provides advice everyone can benefit from in short, digestible chapters. Readers of this engagingly conversational and informative book will take away practical, achievable advice they can implement immediately. Hawkins provides anecdotes gleaned from his own life and from the lives of people he knows to counsel a young audience without patronizing them. Each of the 101 chapters is thoughtfully structured, and doses of humor lighten some of the heavier advice. Hawkins’ heartfelt but practical counsel will be useful not only to new adults but to their parents as well.

John gives practical advice on such topics as social situations, friendships, money matters, health and responsibility. Though John runs the blog RightWingNews, the book is written for a general audience. But his advice focuses on personal responsibility, which seems to be a right-leaning attribute these days, sadly. You would think common sense and responsibility would be a more generalized trait but no. Anyway, I digress.

The book is filled with gems for younger adults such as "don't take naked pictures of yourself," how and when to tip, and "there's no shame in taking an honest job." My personal favorite is tip 49: "If you are cutting something, make sure you are cutting away from your body, not toward it." When I was younger, I picked up a folding knife and cut a piece of fruit toward me, including a slice of my thumb. If I had read a book like this, I would have been spared having a thumb scar that reminds me of my stupidity everyday. But in a way, the scar is a reminder to me to stop and think before using tools of any type.

Stopping and thinking is mainly what the book is about; many young (and older) people don't do this and it has made the country a far worse-off place where people do things that ruin their careers, relationships and health. This book can keep your kid from becoming one of those people, or maybe if you are older, it will help you down the road somewhere.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?