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First of all, congratulations for graduating and reaching a milestone in your life! That’s truly something to be cherished and proud of. Whether graduating from high school, college, medical school, law school, or wherever you have reached success, graduating is a very exciting and intoxicating experience that can also be one full of fears, intense nerves and anxiety about what exactly to do next. Questions like, “What if I can’t find a job?” or “What if I don’t even end up using the degree I paid crazy amounts of money for?” may race through your mind, but find peace in this wonderful quote friends:
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
You have all your life to be an adult, so for now (and for celebratory purposes), kick back, try and relax, and may these motivational books give you that extra confidence boost for what great things lay ahead.
1. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
A simple, cute book that is the perfect gift for a recent graduate. It speaks all about wishing all the very best and focusing on all things positive.
2. Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out…and Those Already on Their Way by Dr. Seuss
You can’t have an article about encouraging books without including one by Dr. Seuss right? This one, similar to Oh, The Place You’ll Go, provides even more funny, lighthearted advice that readers can apply to their lives no matter what types of changes happen.
3. Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw
Beloved country singer and Grammy-winner Tim McGraw has taken on the world of writing too! Inspired by his song, “Humble and Kind,” the book version implements all the same values. No matter what you are given in life, whether you are given plenty or little, whether you are treated well or poorly, there are always things to be grateful for. It is always prominent to the soul to stay humble and be kind to all around you.
4. Only One You by Linda Kranz
This book may seem slightly cheesy, though it doesn’t make its message any less true! There is only one you and what you have to offer this world, no one else can. Embrace all that you are and be proud of it!
5. Yay, You! Moving Up and Moving On by Sandra Boynton
This one is all about, yep you guessed it: moving up and moving on to bigger and better things! It may be nerve-wracking but some of the best experiences arise from the unknown.
6. Stuff Every Graduate Should Know: Stuff for the Real World by Alyssa Favreau
A practical, handy guide that is also a wonderful gift for a family member or friend who’s recently gained their degree or diploma. This book offers useful advice on everything from what you should look for in finding your first apartment, writing a knock-out resume, and setting yourself up for a smooth (as smooth as it can be, of course) ride into adulthood.
7. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
Another wonderful guide that will make your transition, especially if you are graduating from college, much easier and less stressful!
Congrats again and good luck on the next chapter in your life!
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