What is the book about?
“Major life transitions such as leaving the protected environment of school or starting a new career can be daunting. It is scary to face a wall of choices, knowing that no one is going to tell us whether or not we are making the right decision. There is no clearly delineated path or recipe for success. Even figuring out how and where to start can be a challenge. That is, until now.
As executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Tina Seelig guides her students as they make the difficult transition from the academic environment to the professional world, providing tangible skills and insights that will last a lifetime. Seelig is an entrepreneur, neuroscientist, and popular teacher, and in What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 she shares with us what she offers her students—provocative stories, inspiring advice, and a big dose of humility and humor.
These pages are filled with fascinating examples, from the classroom to the boardroom, of individuals defying expectations, challenging assumptions, and achieving amazing success. Seelig throws out the old rules and provides a new model for reaching our highest potential. We discover how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible, how to recover from failure, and how most problems are remarkable opportunities in disguise.
What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 is a much-needed book for everyone looking to make their mark on the world.” – Good Reads
I picked up this book so my mentality could improve. As a 20 year old the title of the book appealed to me. This book definitely improved the way in which I viewed the world and I walked away (after reading this book) as someone who admired and thought a little bit more like an entrepreneur.
As a result of the book, I began thinking about all the different creative ways that I could generate an income. This type of thinking wasn’t present in my life before. I really started planning to turn my blog page into something really big.
This book was really good because it taught me many different things but for me the biggest thing that I took away from this book was the ability to think way outside of the box in a creative relentless way to be successful. This book was also really beneficial because I gained knowledge from someone who has “been there and done that”.
As a typical 20 year old university student I wouldn’t necessarily have quite a lot of people around me who are in their senior years and have lots of experience as seasoned professors, and entrepreneurs. As a result, I greatly benefited in having a highly experienced individual telling me what they wish they knew when they were 20.
I also really liked how the book wasn’t too long. Sometimes when a book is over a thousand pages I lose heart never really end up finishing the book. How could I? Ten pages in and I’m already thinking I have 990 pages left. However, this book was just over 100 pages and for me this was helpful as it allowed me to sit back and really concentrate on every point the author was trying to drive home.
Another aspect of the book which I really enjoyed was the clear and easy to understand examples that the author gave. Throughout the book, the author gave constant examples which were all driving important points behind it. Eventually when the book was over I felt like the examples helped me understand the theory behind what the author was laying out.
There wasn’t anything that I disliked about the book at all. And overall, I believe this is a highly beneficial, well written book that any young person can benefit from and should read.
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