We can run away from growing older but we can definitely do certain things that will surely add value to our life.
1. Live alone for at least a year.
Learn to live by yourself. Learn how to take care of your own basic needs. Besides, living alone also allows you to have real private space and time for a good amount of self-talk.
2. Start a business.
Pick up commerce skills. Learn how to serve a group of customers, how to create a product, how to manage the finance, how to not starve and die without a job. It can be anything. You can invent something, you can sell your expertise as a service, you can even be a connector of a solution to people who have the problem.
3. Fail fast, fail often.
Failures teach you more than success does. Regardless the reason you failed, you will definitely learn something from it. Pick up lessons from the failures. Do this during your 20s, you will thank yourself in your 30s, 40s, 60s, 70s and so on.
4. Cultivate habits.
Create a vision for yourself and set goals that are aligned with the vision. The next step is to take action that contributes to achieving your goals. As 90% of our daily activities consist of our habits, learning how to cultivate successful habits in your 20s is crucial. Get good at identifying bad habits (remove them) and good habits (cultivate them), and always practice consistency in everything you do.
5. Fall in love.
It might hurt and leave you heart-broken, the point is not to gain anything from a relationship, but to learn how to give and contribute your time and effort to someone else. The relationship is not a place to gain, but a place to give. Besides, a relationship is the mirror for oneself to reflect and grow.
6. Learn to love what you do.
It’s a choice. It’s a learnable skill. Most people are talking about finding your passion, leaning forward to your true calling, and do only what you love. Why don’t we learn to love what we do? We could put a little more effort into what we are doing, acknowledge our strength, and strive to improve by a little every day. Doing what we love and loving what we do are different.
7. Build genuine connections.
Meet people in real life. The internet makes connecting easier but it can never replace it. Share your insights and contribute whatever you can to people around you. Actively listen and genuinely learn from people around you too. Build a tribe, not business transactions.
8. Read at least n number of books.
Reading is literally picking the brain of the author. You’re gaining a new insight or idea that probably took the author 20 years to figure out, in 20 minutes. Read as much as you can in your 20s, and implement those lessons in your real life.
9. Master a skill.
The 20s is the time where we can’t settle for anything. But one key of success in life is the ability of delayed gratification. Yes, you want to do what is cool, you want to make money fast, you want to be the guy who knows everything, but you will suffer if you do that in your 20s. Instead, stick to something, never dabble, opt for mastery.
10. Acknowledge your position.
Get clear about what is truly important to you, know your vision and mission, figure out your strengths and weaknesses. And know your role in society – in your family, career, and relationship.
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