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Are You Making Maximum Use of Your 20’s?

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Are you in your 20’s…? Are You Making Maximum Use of Your 20’s…? This article is addressing you.

Your 20s offer a prime window that you can give you access to lots of resources that you need for life. Nonetheless, not knowing how to maximize the time and enegry that comes with it may cause you to waste it away. Below are tips on how you can maximize this important season of your life.

1. Avoid making too many excuses

In your 20s, you may have many excuses for why things are not working out for you; the economy is bad, the job market is bad, the government, your background e.t.c.

Nonetheless, the more you make the excuses, the more you give them power to cripple any progress that you try to make. This will end up making you a victim, draining your energy, and creating a lot of unhappiness and resentment.

One of the  light bulbs that you need to light is to realize how much control you have over your life. If you don’t like where you are at, you can change it! If you don’t know something, you can learn it. If you are not doing something, you can do it.

Sure, it is a given that things can happen outside of your control. But you can take full ownership of everything in your control; which creates a sense of empowerment. Although you might be struggling with something now, you can get better and improve your life with more practice and effort.

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2. Avoid sharing everything on social media

An average person spends atleast 2 hours 24 minutes everyday on social media.

While social media has benefits that come with it, there is a tendency to use it to seek approval, which can make people feel depressed and unhappy.

How many likes did I get? How many people commented? etc. should be queries that you avoid.

Do yourself good by avoiding to compare yourself to other people and their accomplishments. This can drain your energy, which could better be spent on your dreams.

Everything you do need not be shared with the world.

Always ask yourself why you want to share it in the first place. Validation? Praise? Likes?

You can cut short this cycle of seeking approval and be free. You can do this be ceasing to check social media so often and trying to “announce” things.

Do more for yourself and keep more to yourself. This will make it easier to live the life you want.

3. Choose your social circle wisely

Jim Rohn says:

” You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.

Who are the five people that you have spent the most time with in the last five months?

The people you surround yourself with influence your life the most.

Be selective with your social circle. Do they want more out of themselves and their lives? Do they push you forward?

If someone in your social circle is not a positive influence, find ways to distance yourself and reduce the time you spend with them. This might sound selfish, but you have to change your environment first if you want to change.

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4. Be comfortable being alone

Robin Williams says:

“I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel alone”

Many people are terrified of being by themselves. A lot of people need others for their happiness, which compels them to cling and do things they wouldn’t do in normal circumstances.

In relationships, the fear of being single is a strong predictor for ‘settling for less’.

Be comfortable being alone. Otherwise, you may find yourself hanging out with people you don’t really like just so that you are not alone.

Be comfortable being alone. Being alone is not the same as being lonely.

5. Take risks

Your 20s is the perfect time to try something and fail.

This is the best time to ask out someone “out of your league”, change careers, try investments and entrepreneurship ventures etc.

In your 20s, you have so much time ahead of you that any failure would have a minimal effect on the rest of your life, while any success could drastically alter it.

Tim Ferriss says:

“Measure the cost of inaction, realize the unlikelihood and repairability of most missteps, and develop the most important habit of those who excel and enjoy doing so: action.”

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6. Invest

Investing comes down to three things: Your money, time and in yourself.

a) Invest your money

While some are of the opinion that you need to make a lot of money before you can save, save now even if you are flat broke and making little money. Just save a few coins and exercise your muscles.

Learn saving as a discipline.

Save it in a bank, invest in the stock market, buy real estate etc. Invest in something and let time take care of it.

b) Invest your time

Spend your time building, creating and experiencing things.

Many people aspire to have their own business, create a passive income, quit their jobs, travel the world etc- this is all great.

But if you want something, there is no shortcut or substitute for putting in serious effort.

If there is something you really want in life, get some coffee, sit down, and make it happen.

A consistent input of time and work will give you massive rewards in the long run, and most importantly, you will enjoy it for the rest of your life.

c) Invest in yourself

Jim Mattis says:

“If you haven’t read hundreds of books, you are functionally illiterate, and you will be incompetent, because your personal experiences alone aren’t broad enough to sustain you.”

It is important to consistently educate yourself. You possibly can’t know everything by yourself. Personal growth isn’t books and courses only. Sometimes it’s betting on yourself, working on your mental and physical health, or learning new skills and hobbies. All of these can change the course of your life.

Conclusion

Best of luck in your 20’s.

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