6 Books Every Creative 20-Something Needs To Read

Going to events and meeting new mentors and collaborators is important. So is taking time to pursue independent learning. Below NY Creative Interns brings you some of our top book picks for helping you pursue your creative passions and starting your dream career as soon as possible.


By Seth Godin

Why: Because you need to know how to make sure that you’ll never get fired and create awesome work.


Evil Plans

By Hugh Macleod

Why: Because you need the confidence to do your own thing and ignore haters.

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

By Scott Belsky

Why: Because you need the tools and systems to make your ideas come to life.


What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

By Tina Seelig

Why: Because you need to learn how to truly think creatively.

What I Wish I Knew When I was 20 Tina Seelig



Save the Assistants: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace

By Lilit Marcus

Why: Because you need to learn how to navigate your first real work environment.

Save the Assistants by Lilit Marcus



How To Win Friends and Influence People

By Dale Carnegie

Why: Because you need to learn these essential people skills.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie


All these books I’ve read in full and can confidently say they’ve had an impact on my life. What books have inspired you to follow your dreams? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Emily is Founder and CEO of FindSpark. Passionate about the power of social media and networking; Emily has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences, and events including The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Mediabistro's Social Media Bootcamp, Time Inc, Columbia University, and New York University, among others. Emily is also an adjunct professor, teaching social media and career courses at multiple colleges. Learn more about having Emily speak at your next event and follow her on twitter @EmilyMiethner.

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