What You Should Not Waste Your Time On
In Your 20's, Or Ever
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson
Now that I’m in my 30's people in their 20's ask me about what to do, what not to do, and lessons learned.
Today I’m going to talk about one thing I learned you should not waste time on in your 20's. Or ever.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t be aware of potential risks, be careless and jump in all willy-nilly.
What I mean is that a lot of the time people spend in their 20's worrying about failing or looking stupid is wasted. There’s very little to nothing practical to be learned from it.
If you make a mistake/experience failure in your 20's you’re far more likely to be able to bounce back and recover fairly quickly.
It gets a lot less practical to move back in with your parents, sleep on friends couches, eat ramen all week, etc, when you reach your 30's.
You’ve got a lot more things to deal with, a lot more responsibilities, and so on.
Now, this doesn’t mean it’s “too late” to try shit out. It just means it’s a lot less practical. And the advantage of being in your 20's is that people almost expect you to make mistakes.
Later on it’s expected that you’ve put that behind you and you’ve got your act together.
Again, I’m not advocating carelessness, but worrying too much about what other people think and not experiencing life’s ups and downs is not something you should waste your time on.
If there’s something I’d like you to spend time on is also listening to the experience of others. Expose yourself (not like that!) to as many different ideas, people, cultures, etc as you can.
You don’t always have to travel to places and talk to people, you can also read books and/or watch documentaries. But taking the time to learn a little bit more about your surroundings will help inform you about your place in the world.
And hopefully give you a wider perspective on life.