There’s a lot to worry about in your early twenties, but we’re here to make sure you’re worrying about the things that actually matter.
Here are a few habits to take up in your early twenties that are likely to enhance the quality of your life in the long run.
1. Jump at every opportunity.
Your early twenties are a time of experimentation and self-discovery. And in order to grow and ultimately find your passion, you’ve got to try as much new things as you can. Do not fall victim to fear and self-doubt or think you’re not good enough for opportunities that are good enough for you. Mistakes will come -- they always do. But they will eventually contribute to your growth because by learning what you don’t want, you will become significantly better at discerning what you really want.
2. Grow your professional network.
Networking is the key to a successful career in just any field. You can’t just keep waiting in your little corner for people to approach you, it’s time to go out there and initiate conversations. Don’t know where to start? You can always go back to our beginner’s guide to networking for practical tips and hacks!
3. Be kind.
Sometimes it’s hard to tame your idealistic, competitive and perpetually confused 20-something self. But be careful not to let the cruelty of the world rid you of your kindness and humanity. There is more to life than proving your point or scoring points against other people. And with time, you will discover that being kind is often the best way to go about it because kindness often prompts more kindness. This doesn’t mean you should dilute your opinions to appeal to other people. Just learn to say what you want to say confidently without nevertheless harming others or undermining their ideas. Be open. Be peaceful. Be humane.
4. Stop stressing out over everything.
Nothing’s going right? Worrying most definitely won’t make things any better. Quit comparing yourself to others and stressing over anything and everything. It is okay to be confused and undecided, you are by no means supposed to have your life figured out at this stage. Exhausting yourself at 20 can only pave the way for psycho-emotional burnout later in life. There are much more worthy things to invest your soul and energy into.