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The most important piece of advice for being in your twenties…

June 14, 2013

I’ve realized over the past few years that nobody ever gives you any advice or guidance for being in your twenties.

In middle school, we receive advice about being in high school.

“Live it up. Go to homecoming. Go to prom. Go cheer on the football team. Most importantly, get good grades so you can go to a good college!”

In high school, we are bombarded with advice about going to college.

“Go Greek! Utilize your professor’s office hours. Get an internship. Network, network, network.”

But what about life after college? Nobody tells you anything except “get a good job!” (As if we’re supposed to know what a “good job” is)

Well, kids, the economy sucks, and every other college graduate across the country is probably fighting tooth and nail for the same job you want. You know the one with the salary and the benefits and the opportunity for growth and promotion? Yep, you are 1 in 1,000 resumes.

Sorry, the truth hurts.

In the past couple years of my life, I began formulating my own advice for being in this era of your life, and what everything keeps coming back to is one simple thing…

DON’T TAKE LIFE SO SERIOUSLY!

At the rate human life expectancy is growing, we are all going to live to be 136 years old and see the lives of our great-great-great grandchildren begin. We will work until we’re 99 years old and have decades upon decades of opportunity to build careers, start families, be successful, make money and figure out our places in the world.

As for being a 20-something without a clue, without a distinctive path and who only hopes of one day getting everything together, life shouldn’t be meant to take seriously.

Have fun.

Play.

Adventure.

Get a job that is FUN because you enjoy doing it and not because it’s what you’re supposed to do.
The rest of your life will come together when it’s meant to.

having fun at work

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  1. June 14, 2013 9:06 pm

    The country of Bhutan doesn’t do gross domestic income in dollars, but in happiness. It’s totally the way I want to measure my life. Nice post!

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