It’s a proven fact that whatever you do in your twenties will have a significant impact on how your life turns out in the later years.
Here, I’m sharing 7 things you must do in your 20s, to make sure that you go on to live a regret-free life in your 30s.
1) Learn to love yourself
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball
Understand that you will never ever be able to attain the love, attention, praise, and approval of everyone you meet in your life. It shouldn’t reflect on who you really are.
Know for sure, that no matter how bad the time is, no matter how many people go away from your life, you will always be there for yourself. So, love yourself!
Loving yourself will help you in becoming the best version of yourself. It’s a critical weapon that will make you hard to manipulate, harder to get over on, and impossible to control.
2) Read. A lot!
“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” — Roald Dahl
Reading is essential for success!
It helps in learning and improving skills that can add an insane amount of value in your life.
The greatest entrepreneurs of our time; be it Elon Musk, Bill Gates, or Warren Buffett, all believe that reading is perhaps the most important tool for success.
- Elon Musk used to read one book a day when he was young.
- Bill Gates reads 50 books every year.
- Warren Buffett reads over 500 pages a day.
It is necessary for everyone in their 20s to read at least one hour a day.
Reading will increase both your intelligence and emotional IQ. It will help in reducing stress levels, improving memory, expanding vocabulary, and most importantly, equipping you with those skills which will be crucial for your success in the future.
3) Do things you love and care about
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” — Steve Jobs
Some people, like me, tend to turn miserable when they don’t find meaning in their work. They can’t focus on things which are of less interest and appeal to them.
When you do things that you love and care about, you likely live a much happier and productive life.
Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Nicola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Steve Jobs, all were able to do great work just because they loved what they did.
It is of utmost importance to find something that you love and are truly passionate about. Keep searching unless you find it.
4) Master your time
“Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.” — Miles Davis
Reading a book, going to your college, watching a movie, going to the gym, listening to your favorite songs, writing for your blog, calling your girlfriend; there are countless such things you do on a regular day.
As humans, we are naturally wired to focus on things that demand an immediate response, as a friend request on facebook, notification of a new follower on Twitter, an SMS from your Ex — and postpone things which are much more important, like eating on time, going to the gym, or writing for your blog.
In order to stay ahead of the curve, it is essential to utilize your time productively.
Here are a few things you may do to manage your time effectively:
- Set your goals
- Prioritize your tasks
- Utilize the Pomodoro technique
- Stop procrastinating
- Delegate your tasks
- Learn to manage stress
For more on time management skills, read this post.
5) Prioritize your health and wellness
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn
Good health is the first and foremost necessity for leading a long and happy life. It keeps you mentally and physically active to achieve life goals.
Health is a true treasure of life. Health is wealth!
The secret of health and wellness lies in exercising and good nutrition.
Scientific research has shown that exercising for at least 30 minutes a day could help to boost brain health and cognitive activity.
Here are a few tips that will help you with health and wellness:
- Quit smoking and drinking (I myself am guilty of smoking. Ashamed!)
- Drink lots of water
- Hit the gym 5 days a week
- Sleep at least 7 hours a day
For more on health and wellness, read this.
6) Overcome the fear of failure
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time more intelligently.” — Henry Ford
Fear of failure crushes your willpower to pursue a better and brighter future.
It kills your creativity, hinders your growth, and stops you from following your passion. It’s the biggest enemy to your intuition.
All great entrepreneurs of the modern era, like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg risked failure at some point in their lives. That’s the only reason they were able to achieve that height of success and greatness for which they are known today, all around the world.
To achieve success and greatness, you must overcome the fear of failure. You have to master the art of staring it with the eye of the tiger.
Even if you fail at some point in life, remember that failure itself carries a lot of benefits.
Failure can help in, building character, starting again more smartly, increasing your resilience and tenacity. It makes you patient, humble and hungry, all of which are essential ingredients to success.
7) Travel as much as you can
“Life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better.” — Simon Raven
Travelling can make your life happier and productive.
Here are a few reasons every young soul should seek to travel:
- Travelling can educate you more than a formal university education, as it teaches you the culture, habits, tradition, thinking style, language(s), and living style of the country you visit.
- It helps in refreshing your mind and energizing you by changing your environment.
- Travelling helps in making you realize the fact that this insanely beautiful world is much much bigger than your ego or bank account. It makes you humble!
The benefits of travelling are so extensive that they can not be covered in one short post. You may read the following article to gain further insights. Even better, pack your bags and travel to explore the real benefits!
Do share about things you did in your 20s, that helped later in your life, in the comment section.
Thanks for reading!