Your twenties are the best time to not only figure things out, but to set your future self up for success. You’re twenties are the true transition from child to adult. You will go to college, experiment with relationships, figure out what you want to do for a living, and deal with personal finances. This is the time in your life when you will be most forgiven for making wrong choices and you will have the easiest time to correct those mistakes before they get ugly. So make sure you take full advantage of your twenties and be cautious enough to make good decisions, but be risky enough to, well, make good decisions.
Learn to Think
As your college professors expand your horizons with new thoughts, what they are doing is teaching you to think for yourself. Until college, you have been told what to do either by your teachers or your parents. Now you have a professor who will tell you to question everything. This is a powerful gift. A lot of people, even adults, automatically do as they are told because that’s all they were ever taught. After you’ve learned the ability to think for yourself, you will have moments when you are the only one who thinks, wait a minute, that doesn’t make sense, I better look into that myself. There is a lot of power in that.
Look Into it for Youself
Instead of believing every story told from friends or family, or instead of swallowing every sales pitch from every expert out there, you will learn to think things through before making a final decision. Now please, apply this to all aspects of life.
Your twenties are the time to date and get to know what personality traits in a future partner are important to you. Don’t question if the guy likes you, question if you like the guy. Now is the time to date the wrong guy just to figure out what you won’t put up with in the future. Once you are married and have kids, you won’t want to be questioning if you partner really is the right guy after all. You should have figured that out in your twenties.
Your twenties are the first time in your life that you are really financially responsible for yourself. Take the time to inform yourself how this game is played. Question the experts. Do your research. Guard the health of your finances as carefully as you do your own physical health. If navigated correctly, your thirties could be awesome or awful, your choice.