This will perhaps be one of the most recommended thing-to-do even when this question says 40,50, or 60. Its really a not that good to see folks from schools and colleges with huge bellies and low stamina. Come on, if this is your condition at 20, imagine what will happen in the future? So, stop being lazy and eating popcorn on your couch and dreaming about someday I will look hot as Brad Pitt or beautiful and sexy as Angelina Jolie and start working out. If you don’t exercise, your muscles will become flabby and weak. Your heart and lungs won’t function efficiently. And your joints will be stiff and easily injured. Inactivity is as much of a health risk as smoking!
What’s sitting at the root of so much that we do wrong in this world? Prejudice, ignorance, and bigotry. How does this state of mind manifest in us? By being insular, lacking empathy, allowing ourselves to be only familiar with our little corner of the world.
An antidote? Travel.
And then there are all those incredibly daring & adventurous things people do when they’re traveling. It’s the ultimate vagabond experience. It’s the feeling of adrenaline rushing through one’s veins that sprouts from absolute liberation. We travel because our life is defined by experiences.
- Find your passion –
“Your job, photoshop, singing, dancing, whistling, so that if the worst happens, and you get kicked out of your job and house and friends are done using you, you can still earn your livelihood by freelancing (even whistling will do — you can roam on roads asking couples to dedicate songs to each other and they will pay you – tried and tested).” — Rohit Mishra
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.
4. Master a skill –
The 20’s 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 20’s. Instead, stick to something, never dabble, opt for mastery.
5. Learn how to code–
“Learning to code is one of the most important skills any 24-year-old should acquire. It goes for people who have nothing to do with technology. In fact, the younger generation is already mastering technology better than us adults and learning coding in days. Kids nowadays have tablets, smartphones and other tech gadgets. Learning to code is an important tool that can be used for future development of a person. Everybody knows how to read and write and so they should know to code as well.” — Maria Antsuk
6. Learn how to fall in love–
“Yes, fall in love as love is the purest of all emotion and what is more beautiful than love? If you have not fallen in love, you have undoubtedly missed a vital emotion/feeling in the world.” — Karan Jaiswani
I think that love ushers us to frequencies of human life that we might find difficult to access otherwise. It opens to something more transcendent than the ordinary flow of life, summoning us, precisely, to a different (and potentially more interesting) edition of ourselves. As Julia Kristeva puts it, love has the power to give us the impression that we are “speaking at last, for the first time, for real.” It (momentarily at least) elevates us above the daily grind, allowing us to observe the world from a more exalted perspective. It adds a layer of luster to our mundane existence, making us feel empowered and self-connected even as it “decenters” us from our customary concerns.
7. Invest in personal growth–
“Don’t watch TV and stop fooling around, read as many books as you can, go to seminars. Always increase your value, because we get paid about our value, what we bring to the marketplace. So if you become more valuable then … exactly, you get more paid.” — Janis Butevics, 23-year-old Entrepreneur & Author, Creator of Awake or Be Slaved
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.
8. Stop worrying all the time –
“Worrying is a useless energy sucker. Your life and circumstances will not change by worrying. Only planning and actions will lead you to where you want to be in your life. Experiencing life and the world with a carefree yet organized attitude while at the same time taking care of your health and feeding your mind with knowledge, that could benefit you in the future. Enjoy the present and always keep your eye on progress.” — Deme Alexis
You will never ever have it completely figured out. Go with the flow. Don’t overthink things. A lot of things are beyond your control and as long as you’re optimistic and hopeful about the future – That’s all you’d ever need.So relax!
- Saving for the Rainy Day–
“Whether you’re working for someone else or for yourself, you need to save your money now. Compound interest can make you a millionaire in 20 years time, simply by putting away a really small amount of money consistently every month. With a degree, you can earn more, put away more money and become a millionaire sooner.” — Stefan Stoman
It is difficult to save money during your twenties. You just got out of college – You want to move into your own apartment and move out of your somewhat overzealous parents who freak out when you bring a date back home. But Save! Even its 30% of your earnings. It will go a long way. It takes huge Discipline. Don’t rush to move out of your parents house if you’re comfortable there. A year of not paying rent will do a lot more than you think. That way, if you lose your job or want to make a drastic change regarding your career. You have funds to lean back on.
- Turn off your phone completely for sometime –
Watch a sunrise with friends. Talk about life while watching the stars. Really listen to people when they open up to you. Be silly and laugh until your stomach hurts. One of the most valuable gifts you can give to another person is your undivided attention.
11. Learn to network –
Making a valuable connection with people is an extremely important skill and need in this world that’s moving quickly towards an online communication platform. It’s a great way to find jobs, friends, love, and business opportunities. This becomes even more important as old friends move on with family commitments of their own. The Chinese call this “Guanxi”,I call it networking with more meaning than gaining out of it for you alone.
12. Read at least n number of books–
From time to time people have wondered why reading is important. There seems so many other things to do with one’s time. Reading is important for a variety of reasons. We will look at some of those fundamental reasons below, but it is important to realize that struggling with vital reading skills is not a sign of low intelligence.
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.
- Take risks and make tons of mistakes–
What better time to make mistakes when not only you generally have fewer commitments but you also have more time ahead of you to benefit from your lessons?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes in work, love, business, friendship, sport, and any area that is important to you. Just don’t forget to learn from them. If you’re not living on the edge, you’re occupying too much space. Risks help you grow and learn which is not experienced in a cocoon of “safety”.
Risk makes us feel alive. Life without risk is life stuck in a rut. If you feel like your job or life is getting boring and monotonous, then you’re not taking enough risk. The fact is we’re built to take risk.
”Authentic happiness isn’t something we can go out and get, buy, beg, borrow or steal, it’s only something we can be, and it’s a choice we make with every breath we take.” – Dennis Meritt Jones