Your 20s are the best years of your life because you get to enjoy all the perks of adulthood, without most of the responsibilities come with it. It’s the right time to enjoy yourself and experiment, without thinking about how your actions influence your future. Finding a job may be enough for all the pieces to fall into place, but for most, success is more complex. Cultivate it now, so it can pay dividends later.
With that in mind, here are 15 things young adult men should keep in mind to become successful, happy adults:
See the Big Picture
While it’s important to live in the now, you should also think about the bigger picture, like your future goals. Envision a successful life and create a map for it to help you reach your goals. They don’t have to be exact but keep them in mind and they’ll steer you in the right direction.
Create a Vision
Imagine your future. What will your life be like? Which skills will you possess? What kind of person will you be? Focus on the skills and traits that will get you to your goal. Figure out which to keep and which to toss.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
Aside from being a source of envy for many, comparing yourself to others, will not help you. What worked for them may not work for you. The circumstances may be different from yours. You are your own person with a unique path to follow. It may be difficult to resist comparing your life to theirs, especially in the current culture. Take a moment to breathe and clear your mind. Soon, it will be like second nature.
Allocate Your Time and Energy Where Its Most Needed
Time and energy aren’t infinite, so don’t waste either on trivial things that hold you back from success, like a bad relationship, an aimless business project, or wasting time on social media. Rid yourself of time-wasting habits and focus on things that either help you personally or professionally.
Focus on What Matters
Distractions are a dime a dozen. They make it difficult to stay on track. But despite its perks, it will all be obsolete in a few years, if not sooner. Focus on things that bring you pleasure. Do things that help you reach your goal. Time spent enjoying life isn’t time wasted as long as it’s something that matters.
Learn to Accept Uncertainty
According to Peter Nelson, the co-founder of Essaysontime, our best-laid plans provide us with a sense of hope and comfort.
“In life, though, not everything will go according to plan, and you need to be OK with that uncertainty, because it can turn out to be an opportunity in disguise, as well as a way for you to anticipate potential outcomes.”
Step Away from your Goals if You Have To
When you’re in your 20s, you have energy, ambition, and the possibility to do anything you set your mind to. Now is the time to figure out what’s right for you, so go out and get a new job, follow your passion, and pursue other goals, no matter how impossible they may seem. Make the most of your potential, energy and skills.
Seize the Opportunity
At your age, you probably worry about missed opportunities. You should know once it’s gone, it won’t return – at least, not in its original form. Learn to study each opportunity carefully, then, decide whether it’s worth turning down. If it’s good, grab the opportunity like your life depends on it.
Grow Your Network of Contacts
When you’re an adult, who you know is as important as what you do. Most people in their 20s don’t realize that. Having a large network of contacts means you’ll always have opportunities at your disposal. The same can be applied rule can be applied to your personal life.
Learn How to Handle Money
Regardless of how hard you’ve worked to earn it, money will disappear if you don’t learn to save it or make sound investments with it. While it’s normal to splurge, you should also have a financial plan to help secure your future. Think of money as a tool to help you achieve your goals. Beginning this habit can be as simple as saving ten percent of your income and maintaining a monthly budget.
Find an Additional Source of Income
Instead of solely focusing on a full-time job, find a side project that will increase in profitability in time. In doing so, you’ll have an alternative career to fall back on should something go awry and extra money in your saving account.
Invest in Your (Self) Knowledge
Learning something new will do a world of good. That new skill might come in handy. Consume knowledge because the more you know, the more your skills are worth.
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin
Praise feels good, but it’s criticism that will help you become a better adult. Constructive criticism from someone who means well should be embraced. If the criticism comes from envy, it’s confirmation that your work is valuable.
Failure is Part of the Growing Process
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
Just because you’ve failed at something doesn’t mean you should give up. Every failure is a step toward success. Failures help you grow. Learn to embrace your failures.
Take Care of your Health
You probably believe you’re invincible. However, if you don’t take care of your physical health now, it will catch up to you in your 30s. Exercise regularly, watch what you eat, do everything in moderation.
It’s never too early to prepare for success. Enjoy life as much as you can, but not at your future’s expense. Follow the advice outlined above and you’ll be on your way to success.
By Sophia Anderson.