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A Message For Those Feeling Lost In Their 20s
Society puts a lot of pressure on people in their 20s to "figure out" their lives. The reality is, most 57-year-olds don't even have their lives figured out. There's no reason to put pressure on yourself so early in the process.

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Go Big Early

Most youngsters start by taking safe jobs and then are tied in the mortgage, unable to do anything else, being chained to their jobs.

The idea is to take your biggest risks early in life.

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Enjoy The Process

Great, world-changing work is when you enjoy the process.

If you are focussed on earning more due to external and social pressures and expectations, you won't have a long career.

Your w...

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Don't Stress about Future

If you don't know what your art is, that is ok. You are just early in the process. Most people in their 20s and 30s haven't had their entire lives figured out.

Try different...

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Foster Honest Conversations

Have tough conversations with the people that are closest to you.

Telling them the truth, and how you feel about everything, what you plan to do with your life, your fears and insecurities, w...

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Let Your Actions Speak

There is a tough interim period when you are being judged and ridiculed. Just stay patient and keep working on your craft.

The scenario and the current struggle will end soo...

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Striving for Everything

A tradeoff is inevitable in almost every decision we take, as we usually forego some opportunity or benefit in our choices.

Many people strive for everything and believe there are no tradeoffs.

Focussing on less can get you something but focusing on everything may get you nothing.

Having "Everything"

We seem to think that the people around us have everything in life.

Tradeoffs in others take time to become apparent. Everyone lets go of something, making a sacrifice, to be able to focus, investing time and energy in what is important to them.

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The most motivational statement comes down to three words: “You’re gonna die.”

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The life you want

No matter your age, you have the time to make yourself happy:
  • If you’re in your early 20s, most likely you don't have major life commitments, so this is the time to take the chance on the life you want: travel, experiment with your talents, start networking.
  • If you’re in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or older, instead of retiring and taking up golf, maybe it’s time to triple down and really focus on what you want. 

Stop making excuses

There’s this tendency people have to pass over opportunities when they think they can just “come back to it later.” People are living their lives like they have unlimited time. 

The biggest poison we encounter as humans is regret, so stop making excuses and start making yourself happy.

Making the right choice

Handling difficult situations requires taking appropriate measures. When one has issues with the money, there are only two possible scenarios: cutting back on expenses or growing your income.

Managing personal finance

When faced with a challenging situation, as in not having enough money, try to ask yourself which one of the following two you cherish more: time or money. 

Depending on the answer, you will be able to make the appropriate decision: whether to take on a side hustle or cut back on your expenses.