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The Defining Decade Audiobook

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter - and How to Make the Most of Them Now

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Our "30-is-the-new-20" culture tells us that the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are an extended adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. But 30 is not the new 20. In this enlightening book, Dr. Meg Jay reveals how many twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation that has trivialized what are actually the most defining years of adulthood.

Drawing from more than 10 years of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, Dr. Jay weaves the science of the twentysomething years with compelling, behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. She shares what psychologists, sociologists, neurologists, reproductive specialists, human-resources executives, and economists know about the unique power of our 20s and how they change our lives. The result is a provocative and sometimes poignant listen that shows us why our 20s do matter. Our 20s are a time when the things we do - and the things we don't do - will have an enormous effect across years and even generations to come.

©2012 Meg Jay (P)2012 Hachette

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    Valerie A. Lapointe 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Essential reading for every 20 something"

    Meg Jay is the shot of adrenaline that every struggling 20 something needs. She doesn't push, or lecture but rather presents sobering facts and nudges helpfully.

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    Jay Brooklyn, MI, United States 05-22-12
    Jay Brooklyn, MI, United States 05-22-12
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    My twenty two year old daughter just graduated from college and will be moving out of state. My wife listened to the audio version and bought two hard cover copies, one for our daughter and one for our twenty something son who lives in another city. It must have struck a chord as these young adults couldn't put it down, and asked if Meg Jay had any other books (not yet).

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    A. M. Polich Denver, CO 08-03-17
    A. M. Polich Denver, CO 08-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I am a life coach for high school students"

    This is a MUST READ for teens and their parents. What an important message! Thank you, Dr. Jay, for your interesting stories and practical tips for young people who want to have a fulfilling and meaningful life.

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    Amazon Customer 08-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Insightful"

    I am 24 and this book is what I needed at this moment. It helps me to realize that planning life is essential especially in the 20 somethings. Great work but she didn't get any personality to the book even though it is hers.

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    Mom of 2, researcher of everything 07-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Useful even at 30"

    Gives perspective of how to dodge or dig out of mistakes made when 30. Gives perspective on marriage and life success and how to attain these and succeed VS slide into these and hope for the best. In an age without much direction or mentors... this helps redirect the life you want into your hands... the likely culprit that was keeping you from the life you want to live.

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    Mark 07-14-17
    Mark 07-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow and Steady"

    The author means well but makes the assumption that everyone wants the same thing, marriage, own a home, work a highly paid corporate job and so on. She offers good insight about the importance of making decisions in your twenties but does so in a monotone way. My favorite part was the concept of the strength of weak ties.

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    F. Maloney 07-09-17
    F. Maloney 07-09-17 Listener Since 2008
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    "A must read for 20 somethings and their parents"

    This author's honest and straightforward clarification of what life IS and ISN'T is a real breath of fresh air. Wow. There are hard truths of life to internalize if a person is to have a good life and the author puts them out there. She has taken the best concepts and thoughts of venerated authors, philosophers and psychologists and weaved them together with her own experience as a clinician. Readers should get excited about their prospects and get going!

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    Amazon Customer 07-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Profoundly educational"

    The matter-of-fact tone takes some warmi ng up to but after a while it really fits. I learned a lot from this book, things I can use being 23. Odd things you would never think possible to have answers to are answered on this book. Like how would you really know if a stable job is a good idea? What kind of person would collect hard, unbiased statistics on that? Dr. Jay does. And well.

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    "so good!"

    this book is amazing. every 20 something should hear this. I cannot recommend it enough

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    Jman 06-28-17
    Jman 06-28-17
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    "A Relevant and Much Needed Book for Our 20-Somethings"

    This generation, like those before it, are facing their own pressures, choices, and changing social norms. This book helps these young adults to take a step back and examine their lives, their choices, and the steps needed for them to move toward a fulfilling life. Nothing is guaranteed, but being informed about what lies ahead can help a person to make life choices with intention vs. letting life happen to them. Thank you Dr. Jay!

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