The truth is that most of us, especially the ones searching for life advice of our own, are not living the lives we want to live. We are half-heartedly doing a lot of things and are testing around in plenty of areas in the hopes of hitting the “jackpot,” the “lucky break,” or the “opportunity of a lifetime.”
But I’ll lead you on to something no one ever told me when I turned 20; Sooner than you’ll realized, you’re going to be too old to keep living a life you do not want to live.
It took me ten years to realize the truth that no matter how old or young you are, you must get out and live the life you want no matter how scary it is, or else you will miss your chance.
Advice 1: Whatever you do, do it damn well.
If you’re still studying, do that to the very best of your ability. If you’re applying for a job for the first time, do that to the very best of your ability. If you’re planning to start a business, do that to the very best of your ability. If you’re thinking on investing in crypto or bitcoin, invest to be a millionaire. If you’re deciding to be a content creator, crush it.
Making doing your best a minimum throughout your life, and you’ll achieve some pretty amazing things someday.
Advice 2: Don’t believe in the hype that your 30’s are the new 20’s
Sorry, but the advancement in medical technology hasn’t done much for you.
Your 20’s will be a completely different decade than your 30’s. I’m sure you’re not feeling any pressure yet to become a 20-something success story (but you will do the coming years) you should be laying ng ground for work and foundation for success.
Chances are, your 20’s will likely be the only decade in your life where you have no real responsibilities, no kids, no serious relationships and no real bills to pay. Now is the time to take risk and pursue your ambitions. Now is your best time in your life to travel, explore the world, learn about yourself and cultivate rich portfolio experiences that will serve you as you move forward in your life.
Advice 3: Get your finances in order
If you’ll play your cards right in your 20’s, you can easily solidify high level financial benefits in the coming years and invest to make more money which will pave you a way and give you the option to do whatever you want in your 30’s.
But for now, bear in mind to always live below your means (no matter how much you earn), start socking aside much money as possible for opportunities like good investments and businesses.
ADVICE 4: Don’t get into a serious relationship yet
Why? Because you aren’t old enough to know who YOU are and dragging someone else into the mess that will inevitably be your early 20’s isn’t the best idea.
Date around, meet lots of people, and enjoy plenty of casual flings, but avoid setting into a monogamous relationship or getting married at this time in your life. It simply isn’t worth the cost.
ADVICE 5: Choose your friends wisely
Plain and simple, who you hang out with is who you become. Spend time with losers and you’ll become one. Spend time with winners, and you’ll become one. Spending time with the right people or forfeit your ambitions right now.
Also, you should know that your network of people is more valuable than your net worth. WHO you know is more important than WHAT you know. It’s a cliché, but it’s true.
At this point in your life, it’s important to expand your network and meet as many influential people as humanly possible. Learn how to give value and serve others without asking them for anything in return.
Build a massive rolodex of powerful people who know, like and trust you and you’ll never have to worry about money in the future.
ADVICE 6: Read good books and listen to motivational speakers
Although there’s no book or any motivational speaker out there that will prepare you for all the challenges you will face ahead, you’ll still need to armor yourself with knowledge on how you’ll react to it when it happens someday.
A lot of people read but are still successful, it’s true. But those who are successful have the ability to learn and grow in order to be successful.
The biggest issue with school is that it makes reading feel like a task—a task that must be crossed off to pass a test, or a recititation. But having the ability to read is a gift. Any problem you have, there’s someone who solved it and wrote about it. Any question you have, someone’s answered it with a well-researched book. What you need to get to the next level—in your work, career, relationships, social life understanding—is just a book or a video you can stream anytime, anywhere.
ADVICE 7: Live and have fun
At the end of your life, you might look back and wonder if you had any fun (I did).
There is a time and a place for practicality. If you can learn to get some of that automated—your finances, your work, your growth—then you can make more time to just play. Play is crucial for all creative work and just for enjoying life. It all seems so important all the time, but it usually isn’t. So enjoy life while it lasts.