Sometimes life is hard to navigate. I tend to learn things the hard way, finally figuring something out after making mistake after mistake. Often my husband and I have commented how life would have been so much easier if we had just known such and such fifteen years ago.
Somethings are best learned from experience. Many others can be easily learned from the experiences of others. I'd like to think I'm a little better at taking advice from family now, but when I was younger it surely wasn't the case. Perhaps I would have taken a little advice from an outside source.
You Don't Have to Learn the Hard Way is over two hundred pages of sound advice directed at young people about to enter the big wide world on their own. The author shares advice on everything from careers and marriage to developing good habits and relating well with others. Obviously one book can not cover all the nuisances of these varied subjects, but this book does provide a great overview of navigating these different areas of life. I especially like the quizzes included in every chapter. These are great tools for self evaluation and change.
So while some thing in life are best learned with experience, we do not have to learn everything through our own mistakes. This book would be a great resource for a young adult just starting out on their own.