I just finished reading two self-help books which are both quite enjoyable. Peter Bregman's 18 Minutes has many unusual tips about avoiding over-commitment and procrastination. James Altucher's Choose Yourself has the best creativity advice I've seen in a long time.
Both these books are strong on the newest trend in self development: the daily practice. I suspect that a daily practice is very challenging for young people. When I was in my twenties, I valued spontaneity and trying new things, but by the time I reached my forties I was miserable in many ways. I was successful, but I didn't enjoy what I was doing.
Eventually, after counseling with a nun at Villa Matel, and reading as much as I could about culture and creativity, I realized that rituals are an important foundation for adventure. Both Bregman and Althucher have about a thousand suggestions, and both admit you just have to pick a combination of things which allow you to stabilize yourself.
When change and opportunity are all around, you have to decide carefully about what is not allowed to change.