Any book recommendations for 17yo?

ShawnStonefly

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Getting Things Done by David Allen, is a book I give to any young professional or intern that works for me. Helps outline, prioritize and more importantly deprioritize actions/projects/tasks, so you aren't worried about what you're forgetting to do or feeling overwhelmed.
 

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Another vote for the Bible. It's applicable to human life now - just as it was when written. People are people and they are motivated and react just the same as they always have.
The Sackett series by Louis L'Amour.
Actually, every western written by Louis L'Amour.
Family, self-reliance, preparation and determination to get thru whatever comes your way.
My own analogy from observing a lot of people across this planet for 50+ years - someone who takes the time to read seems to me to be a more thoughtful and purposeful decision maker. Just what I have noticed in my time. YMMV
 
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So my nephew turns 17 Sunday and really is a great kid. He had a rough patch for a few years and turned into a very problematic, entitled, defiant, know it all little shit from about 13-16 and caused more grief for my sister than I can imagine, but there was a lot going on at home and his hormones took over im sure. Anyway, he has matured and really turned things around. Hes getting great grades, found his work ethic and is intrinsically motovated to do well instead of wanting a hand out for everything. He loves to weld and was accepted into a competitive welding program while working at a local fab shop for 40 hours a week during the summer just to learn. He has plans to get his own welding truck up and running and hit the Texas oil fields right after school and has been asking about IRAs and finance so the kid has come a long way from a few years ago.

Long story short Id like to give him a few books or even audio books to hopefully help him on his path to success after his senior year. Any suggestions?
1. Another vote for the “Millionaire Next Door”. The earlier that he internalizes the lessons, the better off he will be. Life alerting book. It will change how you think about building wealth and who really is wealthy.

2. “The Road” and “Blood Meridian” by Cormac McCarthy. Maybe a little much for a 17 year old but they’re great books. Maybe wait till he’s 18? Blood Meridian has one of the all time great villains in literature. One of my good friends said to read “The Road” a second time after you’ve become a father, and it will carry so much new meaning. He was right; sometimes it give me goosebumps.

3. “Lonesome Dove”. I could read this novel over and over.
 

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Endurance (Shackleton story, not to be confused with endure by Cameron Hanes)
Extreme ownership
 

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Also, as far as people turning their lives around - Fearless - about Adam Brown is a wild story. Better book than David Goggins IMO.
 
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