Once is a while you stumble on gems of wisdom like this article originally published on elitedaily.com. If you are in your 20’s, you definitely need to read this and act on it. Your 20s are undoubtedly the most pivotal time in your life. While there are plenty of temptations and distractions, the decisions you make will definitely shape your future, as the weak fall and only the strong survive.
Do you have what it takes to become a monumental success? Or will you live out a life of mediocrity? Its up to you. While many think they have all the answers and the keys to success, we have seen too many times before those people make the same pitfalls.
This is the time for you to hustle, scrap and fight for the life that you want for yourself. You manifest your own destiny during these crucial years.
Every move you make is a test. Don’t F it up.
These are the 20 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in Your 20s;
20) Working for money, not building your career/dreams
Never do anything just because it’s convenient for you. Look for a challenge and build your own dream instead of building someone else’s. Even if it doesn’t exactly make sense now, create something with great value so you can cash out big. Always look to the future and never for immediate compensation. What are you going to do with those weekly wages anyways? Stop being so entitled and pretending like you deserve cash, prizes and vacations just yet. You will soon realize once you’ve made it making money doesn’t make you happy. It’s the journey.
19) Thinking that this is the right time to fall in love
While all of your friends might be doing it and even getting married, don’t fall into the trap of getting into a relationship if you are not ready. Sure it seems like the right thing to do, but your 20s should be reserved for your personal growth and chasing your dreams before you can focus on fulfilling the wishes of another individual. Not only does it make you complacent with where you are in life, but it makes your boring. When your business is at stake and your future is resting on your shoulders, the last thing you need is to be bogged down by an insecure lover rushing you home. Although Mama may be asking the same old question “when” or even setting you up with “good” partners, get out there, meet new people, make friends, test the limits and have fun. It will take you to the places you haven’t dreamed of going.
18) Trying to act like a man/woman rather than learning how to become one
Instead of going overboard on the Gucci monogram and bottles in the club, as if you just signed to the rock-n-roll hall of fame, spend the time focusing on your career. Every second counts and if more time is spent pretending to be the person you want to be instead of becoming that man, then you’ll sink in quick sand without even knowing it. A real man/woman is willing to make sacrifices. If you aren’t down to put in the work, then please don’t act like you are. You can enjoy the success when you actually attain it.
17) Making friends instead of earning trust
The in-crowd may be tempting, but you’ll probably fall victim to surrounding yourself with social climbers and bottle whores. We know you feel entitled to celebrate, but please relax. It’s never attractive when you act as though this is the last time you’ll ever see this in life. Make connections with people based on trial and error, not presuppositions and drunk ranting about what they can do for your business. If you ever want people to take you seriously, then you have to take them seriously. Just because you think you trust someone doesn’t always mean you can. Heed any red flags in the past before jumping into any kind of venture with them.
16) Not caring because…YOLO
We all are guilty of irrational decision-making in our 20s. Fast people and fan times with money in your pocket always lead to over-extending yourself. A life of partying, heavy drugs and pretty much having that YOLO attitude will leave you flat on your ass. Get focused and lock into what you’re supposed to be doing. If you don’t know what that is, then you better figure it out ASAP.
15) Making all you want, needs
Expensive women and cheap thrills coupled with the expensive sneakers should not be on the list of your needs. Setting the foundation for your business and career is far more important than updating your wardrobe and chasing take-aways for sex. Distinguish between what you want and what you actually need. Make sure your priorities are intact or you will lose your track.