In our world today, society places so much pressure on people in their 20s to have their lives “figured out”… Whatever that means!
In all truthfulness, most people 20 or 30 years older than that don’t have their lives completely figured out. So I implore you guys to stop putting so much freaking pressure on yourself while you’re still so damn early in the process!
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while you’re riding the wave of your 20s:
Guys, when you’re as young as you are now, the main thing you should be focusing on is experimenting with high-risk behaviours!
If you start off by playing life in reverse, you’re more than likely going to end up unhappy and unfulfilled. Too many people choose the “safe” route, getting a practical and secure job straight out of school, buying fancy and expensive things to impress the people around them. Later on it becomes less and less feasible to quit that job because by that point they’re already a slave to all the costs and expenses they’ve racked up.
I would suggest that you rather make these high-risk moves around that thing that’ll make you the happiest you could possibly be.
Go and take those crazy risks that people have warned you against!
If you have a very clear picture in your mind of who and what you want to become, this may sometimes mean working for a low salary, or sometimes even for free, at first!
If you first work for a mentor that you look up to, and you end up doing an amazing job, they could open up some life-changing doors for you!
And just think about the invaluable experience you’ll gain in the process.
Stay humble, be patient, think strategically, and quit caring about what your life may look like to other people!
When I hire new talent, one of my main goals is looking for people who love the whole game! Not just the stuff that it can buy you. This is of utmost importance to me.
If you’re focused on buying sports cars and impressing your fake friends – you’re done, man. If this is the kind of mentality you’re driven by, you’re not going to get very far.
A lot of 20-somethings are getting into jobs that a couple thousand extra, just so they can buy more shit they don’t really need. I get that some people may have debt from college (or whatever else), but way too many people are taking these kinds of jobs because they’re trying to live up to the expectations of the people they’re surrounded by.
Pure, hardcore passion is the thing that going to take you to the top in the long run. For me, entrepreneurship is my art and my life. For others, it could be singing, designing, or programming.
Whatever it may be, relentlessly be the person who’s so obsessed with their art that they would be doing it for free.
If you haven’t found your passion yet – that’s 100% okay! And quite normal.
It boggles my mind at how much freaking pressure society puts on people in their 20s and 30s to have their whole lives already mapped out.
It’s understandable that you don’t really know what you wanna do yet – I mean, you still have so much life left to live!
As I mentioned earlier, these are the years where you should be hugely risk-focused, and try all those things you wanna try! You technically can’t do anything “wrong”.
But now is truly the time to go and have all those unique experiences, and try different things until you find something you love.
One piece of advice of utmost importance:
Have those uncomfortable conversations with the people you that you’re closest to.
Be upfront about your feelings, and tell them the truth. Let them know how you feel about everything in your life. Be honest about what you want to do, where you’d like to work, your fears, how you feel about their opinions or expectation, and everything else that rings deep in your heart.
Trust me when I say that this will undoubtedly change your life. For the better, in the long run. So what if they get pissed or react badly? Their level of respect for you will absolutely skyrocket!
It makes me sad how many people let the opinions of their parents and friends hold them back in their careers, or push them to take decisions that will have a massive detrimental impact on the rest of their lives and happiness.
If you avoid those tough conversations now, you’ll just end up resenting them in the long run; because you would have lived your whole life for people other than yourself.
Guys, I urge you to stop worrying about all the judgement you may be facing at this time.
Stop trying to prove the people around you wrong with your words. You are in control of your own life and your own actions.
Remain patient, execute; and let your actions do the talking.
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