What are you doing in your 20s?
You might have planned your vaca overseas, or moved to an exciting new city. Traveling, exploring, adventure. These are things you do in your 20s...before you're too old. Before you settle down. Before you really get serious. Well, if you've come up with an exciting list of things you want to do before 30, you should add the next few things to your list. These "professional" to-do's can actually help you get ahead in your career (assuming that's what you want by the time you're 30).
1. Get Fired.
What?! I know, this seems like bad advice. But really, the professionals advise it:
"Getting fired early on can be a brutally tough life experience, but it can serve as a huge wake-up call for change if there was a performance issue," Michael Kerr, author of "The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank."
Getting fired early might be a clue that you are headed in the wrong direction, down the wrong path, digging yourself into a hole, straying toward a dead end...you get it. It'll teach you that you need a back up plan in case your Plan A falls through the cracks.
2. Quit A Job You Hate.
If you hate your job, there's no point in staying there longer than necessary! Get out while you can. Your 20s are a good time to switch and try a few different things before you decide what you love. .
3. Write Your Own Manifesto, Or, Just A Mission Statement.
Your manifesto is a short document that captures who you are, what you stand for, and where you're headed. It's like a guide that helps you to make decisions based on your values and what you want. Actually, I've been slowly chopping away at my own manifesto. Here are some resources that I'm using as guides:
- The Writer's Manifesto by Jeff Goins
- Do The Work by Steven Pressfield
- And this one, by Frank Lloyd Wright:
1. An honest ego in a healthy body.
2. An eye to see nature.
3. A heart to feel nature.
4. Courage to follow nature.
5. The sense of proportion (humor).
6. Appreciation of work as idea and idea as work.
7. Fertility of imagination.
8. Capacity for faith and rebellion.
9. Disregard for commonplace (inorganic) elegance.
10. Instinctive cooperation.
A mission statement is much simpler, and shorter. It's also a bit more vague. So, you choose what works best for you!
4. Get Good At Time Management.
No one likes waking up at (or before) the crack of dawn...or maybe you do. Either way, learning to get up, get into a routine, and make the most of your time will serve you well. Time is valuable. Learning how to manage it will help you be more productive in your life.
5. Become An Expert.
You owe it to yourself to become an expert in something by the time you're 30. Find out what that something is, and know it inside and out.
6. Save Up For Something Big!
Think about your future self...What will you want? A car, a home, a vacation? Start putting money away in your savings account, every month. Putting it in a savings account, where you can't get to it with a debit card, will make it much easier to save. Even better if you can do automatic transfers from your paycheck to your savings account. Soon, you'll have a big chunk of change saved up for your future purchase!
Now, I'd love to hear from you!
Do you have any things on your before-30-to-do-list? Share them in the comments!