7 Ways Anyone (From Recent Grad to Recent Dad) Can Prepare for Success

Whether you’re still recently graduated or recently promoted (or wanting a promotion), on your own or in a serious relationship, you could benefit from some advice from those who’ve already figured out how to survive in the real world. Here are some tips that I’ve learned from others (and read to the end where you can share yours!)

If you truly want to be successful…

1. Learn to manage and balance your time.

Without the structure of school, it’s up to you to figure how to organize your day. Since you’ll be busy laying the foundation for your career, investing in your romantic life, and trying to have time left over for yourself, you’ll need to figure out how to prioritize and juggle competing demands [click to tweet]. I would recommend experimenting with different approaches until you’ve mastered the art of time management.

2. Put down your phone!

This generation grew up with social media, and many are probably too attached to their smartphones. Realize that someone liking your photo on Facebook or upvoting your post on Reddit isn’t as important as what’s going on around you. If you’re living in the moment, you can actually learn something, listen better, and contribute to the conversation [click to tweet].

3. Travel as much as you can.

Take trips that introduce you to new cultures and open your mind to new ways of thinking. In addition to gaining confidence and social skills, you’ll make memories that will last the rest of your life [click to tweet].

4. Pursue passion, not money.

This can only be summed up with this quote from Steve Jobs: “If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.” [click to tweet]

5. Remember that a larger world exists beyond your doorstep.

As you become more successful, give back to society’s less fortunate. Whether it’s by volunteering or donating to charity, plenty of evidence shows that those who pay it forward lead much happier lives than those who don’t. [click to tweet]

6. Learn to ignore the voice that tells you to give up.

Fight the voice in your head urging you take the easy route. If you don’t learn to ignore it, that same voice will plague you throughout your life, whether you’re trying to be healthier or gunning for a promotion. If you can overcome it, you can push yourself to heights never imagined, and it will help you during hard times. [click to tweet]

7. Start saving.

Even if you’re paying off student loans, you should start a habit of setting aside a portion of every paycheck in an emergency fund. Set a goal of having enough money to cover at least six months of expenses, in case of an injury or job loss. Make sure to also take advantage of a retirement plan offered by your employer, because you’ll appreciate the accrued interest years from now. [click to tweet]

Bonus Reminder: Take care of your body.

You’re in the prime of your life. Now’s the time to establish healthy exercise and eating habits, because it won’t be as easy to change once you grow older. And take good care of your skin to avoid the onset of wrinkles. [click to tweet]

Bonus Reminder: Get as much education as possible, be it in the classroom or not.

If you want to get a graduate degree, go for it. But even if you don’t spend any additional time in the classroom, read as much as possible, about as many things as possible. Learn a new language; get some writing published. You’ll never have as much free time and energy as you do in this moment, so gain as much knowledge as you can. [click to tweet].

What about you? What tips for success have helped you along your path?

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