25 Lies Twentysomethings Need to Stop Believing

How to Get Unstuck and Own Your Defining Decade

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Your twenties are your defining decade, the time in which you are setting the course for the rest of your life it. You don't want to look back later and realize you ended up somewhere you never intended to go in the first place. How do you block out all the lies, half-truths, and "supposed-to's" constantly assaulting you from articles, social media posts, and well-meaning friends and family? How do you find something real, something true, something infused with purpose and meaning?

Funny, vulnerable, and to the point, this book exposes the false beliefs that can derail your current happiness and future impact, like

- having big dreams is naïve
- success just happens
- everyone else is experiencing the success you were supposed to
- when you fail you're a failure
- and many more

This story-driven book shows you that you're not alone in your insecurities and second-guessing, then shows you how to replace the lies with the truth--that you can live a life of purpose, earn a good paycheck, leave a legacy, and have fun doing it.


"You're going to love this book! Paul provides truthful insight for ways to combat the biggest lies twentysomethings are believing. He gives practical action steps through winsome and engaging stories. You won't be able to put it down. He inspires readers to ask the hard questions and see how integral their generation is to the world. If you pick up this book, get two and share it. It will be helpful to whoever reads it."

Jonathan Pokluda, author of Outdated and bestseller Welcome to Adulting

"As someone who struggled with believing a lot of lies during my twenties, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Paul Angone delivers so much truth in this book to combat the lies that can wreck our lives and relationships and keep us stifled from stepping out and using our gifts and talents to make a difference in this world."

Crystal Paine, New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, and entrepreneur

"Life is confusing, especially in your twenties. This book will lead you out of the darkness and into the most thriving decade of your life. It's a must-read for any twentysomething, as well as teachers, friends, and parents of those who want to do more than wander."

Jeff Goins, bestselling author of The Art of Work

"'Miracles favor forward movement,' Paul Angone writes in 25 Lies, and this book will help you ditch all the unhelpful baggage preventing momentum. Our twenties are a pivotal time for foundation setting, and yet for so many of us they are rife with insecurities and upheaval. Instead of finding the steady ground we so desperately seek, it's as if we're straddling the fault line of tectonic plates that are set on creating one identity-shaking quake after another. In another one of his masterpieces--or "happy little accidents"--Paul brings his signature wit, grit, heart, and grace to reveal twenty-five new secrets: that each of the biggest beliefs holding us back are just paper tigers waiting to be brought to light."

Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One and Life after College

"Just when you think you've got life figured out, the whole world gets turned upside down and you realize just how young and clueless you really are (just me?). Paul cuts through the crappy advice you see posted next to photos of white sand beaches on Instagram and nails the lies, fears, and insecurities I didn't even realize I was struggling with. Perfect read for anyone staring down their thirties like it's the deadline for becoming a 'real' adult. And if I had to pick one, my 'favorite lie' that always gets me is #4!"

Heath and Alyssa Padgett, hosts of RV Entrepreneur podcast and bestselling author of Living in an RV

"This is the book I wish I had in my twenties. It's hopeful. It's inspiring. Plus, it's packed with strategic insight into living a successful and meaningful life. If you're going through a full-blown quarter-life crisis or you just need a bit of a boost, this is a book all twentysomethings should read."

Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

"What I love about this book is how Paul focuses on the mind and the stories we tell ourselves in our twenties. The stories we tell ourselves are often based on unsubstantiated claims, and Paul does a wonderful job of unpacking how we can go from 'what we feel like we are supposed to do in life' to 'who we are supposed to be in life.' It truly is a great guide for anyone who feels stuck in life."

Tayo Rockson, author of Use Your Difference to Make a Difference

The Author

  1. Paul Angone
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    Paul Angone

    Paul Angone is one of the most trusted and sought-after voices in the nation to college students, young professionals, and those going through career change. The bestselling author of 101 Secrets for Your Twenties and 101 Questions You Need to Ask in...

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