Books Reviews

First Real Decade

What to do in your twenties instead of “hustling” and making money?
It’s not an easy question to answer.
As a twenty-year-old struggling to understand what to do with his life, the top Medium writer and author Sergey Faldin bought in the hustle myth. He dropped out of college. Started businesses. Traded bitcoin. Was in debt. Then, one day, he said, “Enough”, packed his bags and moved to London, leaving his former life behind.
Insightful and motivating, The First Real Decade is part memoir, part self-help, part much-needed wake-up call for every twenty-year-old about what really matters: patience, self-exploration, focus on the long-term.
“There was never an old person in all human history, who said on their deathbed, ‘I didn’t have enough time to make more money because I studied, explored or was too patient in my twenties.”
If you are twenty-something and fed up with feeling inadequate, FOMO-driven, and as if life is moving too fast, this book is for you. 

This book is a collection of Sergey’s essays, some of which have been published on Medium and some not, are given in each part. Through them, he shares his views on his life and life in general. Sergey also writes about many thought leaders, their opinions, and explains his responses to them.
The underlying premise is that perhaps your twenties, or the first real decade as Sergey calls it, is not the best time to be productive; it is the time to explore. This is a great point.
However, I wish the book was better structured and edited and was less repetitive. There are not many interesting personal anecdotes to provide relief, probably because he has not yet lived that long! I wonder if Sergey should have waited a few years more years to write this book.

Note: I was given a free copy by Sergey in exchange for an honest review.

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