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5 Things To Do in Your Twenties

Do, and you will succeed.

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My twenties have been a transformational period.

I started as an awkward man-child studying at university, with virtually no confidence, to travelling the globe for five years, and setting up a business.

I could never have foreseen any of this when I turned 20.

At 27, I feel like I achieved a lot, but that I could have achieved a lot more.

You see, in my early twenties, I was not discliplined. I did not know what I wanted out of life!

Had I applied myself sooner and cut out distractions earlier, I would be much farther along in my journey.

Distractions are everywhere in life. If you don’t learn how to avoid and overcome them, your progress will suffer.

You don’t want to get to the end of your twenties and look back with regrets. Be mindful of the following distractions and you’ll set yourself on the right path!

Cut Out TV

“TV is poisonous to creativity.”

Stephen King was right, TV does kill your creativity.

It’s no coincidence that my productivity levels have skyrocketed since I stopped watching TV.

It might seem like a good idea to watch a few series on Netflix, but you’re wasting time you can’t get back.

I wish I had spent more time working on my skill set than watching TV.

I’m not saying you can’t watch TV, a few hours here and there isn’t an issue. But, when you’re watching hours and hours every day, that’s an issue.

You are wasting time you can’t retrieve. It’s a consumer mindset. If you’re constantly consuming, but not producing, you’re going to keep spinning like a hamster in a wheel!

Eschew TV and focus on improving your business, skill set, or side hustle. The results will speak for themselves!

Eating Healthy

Recently, I have started working in an office to acquire funds for future business ideas. When I glance around at lunch, I’m astounded by the number of people eating unhealthy food.

It may seem like nothing, but if you neglect your health, it will catch up with you fast. This is especially true if you work in an office environment.

The human body was not designed to be sedentary for long periods of time.

Your body will start to slow down. Filling it with low quality food will only exacerbate the process.

Take care of your body, you only get one. Exercise daily, ensure you fill your body with plenty of fruit and veg and the occasional piece of meat. You’ll notice the difference quickly.

Continue Learning

One mistake I see people make over and over again is to stop learning once they’ve left school. Just because you have finished your life in formal education does not mean you stop learning.

Far from it, you should be constantly learning. If you’re not learning, you’re not improving. If you’re not improving, you’re stagnating.

That is a dangerous situation. Contrary to our beliefs, stability is a myth, change is the only constant.

If you’re not learning you are putting yourself at a disadvantage in the future.

There is no guarantee you will still have a job in five years.

There is no guarantee the economy will remain stable

The only guarantee is that times change.

Keeping up to date with these changes is the only way to protect yourself in changing times.

Have Fewer Possessions

As a society we have become accustomed to acquiring possessions. We fill our lives with various items that we tell ourselves we need.

When it comes to parting with these items, we can hardly bring ourselves to do so.

The thing is, you don’t own your possessions, they own you.

Half of what you own, you don’t need. You just tell yourself you do to give yourself a false sense of satisfaction.

When I went backpacking for 5 years, the only thing I missed was my bike! All the other things I had accumulated over the years faded into insiginfance.

Because that’s what they are, insignificant.

Spend your money on improving yourself or travelling. Don’t waste it on superficial items!

Don’t Procrastinate

While at work the other day, a colleague said something that resonated with me. It was a throw away statement, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

They simply said, “There’s only two hours left.”

It’s a harmless statement, one we’re all of guilty of making. But, it hints at an underlying reality many of us don’t want to confront.

What that statement really means is this, “I wish those two hours would disappear so I can go home now.”

When you think like this, you are wishing your life away.

We have a finite time on this planet. Every second is precious, for we don’t know how long we have left.

To wish it away is a crime.

There are people who would kill to have more time to spend with their family.

More time to work on their dreams.

More time to live.

When you procrastinate you are wasting your life.

Value your time, because time waits for no man.

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