As someone who just turned 30, I thought I could give some insight into some of the best advice and experiences I received that made a big impact on my happiness.
Focus on Getting Experience, Not Making Money, in Your 20’s
One way to think about this is that anyone willing to pay you a lot of money in your 20’s is doing so likely because it’s a hard job or it’s a dead-end or hard to fill job and they’re using money to lure people in. Why else would they be paying so well? Most people in their early 20’s don’t have enough experience to warrant a big paycheck yet.
Instead of going for the money, think of where you want to be when you’re 30 and try to get the best experience possible for that later job. You may not be making as much money as some of your friends, but that’s not important – getting the job you want and having lifetime happiness is!
Life is About Finding Out What You Don’t Enjoy
If you ask a college freshman what career they want, most have an answer. Looking back at what my friends said they wanted to do in college and seeing what they are doing now, only a few are in the career they thought they would be.
This didn’t happen because they couldn’t have achieved the career they stated they wanted. It’s because they didn’t have the experience to know if they would really enjoy that career.
In short, life is about finding out what you don’t enjoy, and the only way to figure it out, is to go try things. Don’t spend too much time fretting over exactly what you want to be. See something you like, try it, and if it turns out it’s not as enjoyable as you thought, move on. You’re young, and it’s better to make the change now instead of building up experience in a career you’re not happy in.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
In you’re 20’s it’s easy to compare your achievements to your friends and acquaintances. It’s also easy to think you’re behind – everyone has a friend who is overachieving – or at least appears to be. Life isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. To become something amazing, you have to spend time making mistakes.
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