10 career and life lessons every 20-something should know

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Your twenties are one of the most uncertain stages of your life. One part of you is trying to become an adult with full-time responsibilities and a job, while the other one is still fun, wants to explore and wants to enjoy life.

Also, your twenties are the perfect age to learn as much as you can in order to take your life to the next level, and that’s why we want to share with you 10 career and life lessons that you should know in order to improve, grow, make yourself a better person and make this uncertain part of your life a little bit easier.

1. Don’t be afraid to start small

One mistake young people make is that straight out of college, they aspire to have the perfect job and a high salary, however, life not always work that way, and before having a good salary and a job with a lot of responsibility, you have to be open to start small and working your way up.

2. The perfect timing doesn’t exist

If you’re looking for the perfect timing to start a project or a business, it will never come! You have to start now and with all the tools you have, even if they are not the best or the most expensive. If you want to start a career in social media, don’t wait until you have the latest camera or equipment, just start with your phone. You will learn by doing it.

3. Use the Internet to your advantage

The Internet can be an amazing tool for your career and your life if you know how to use it! It can lead you to endless opportunities and take you closer to people whose careers you admire and you get inspired by. Use social media to show your talent and your passions, as well as to create connections with people that have similar careers like yours! You’ll be amazed at how much you can create at one click away.

4. Always give back

If you are in a position where you are able to give back to others, don’t hesitate and just do it! When it comes to giving back, it’s not only about money or giving material things, you can help others by offering mentorships, your knowledge, your abilities or something as simple as advice. Remember good things happen to good people and we all want good things to happen to us.

5. Rejection means redirection

When things don’t come out the way you planned, it’s normal to feel bad and blame yourself for the results. You start questioning your talents, your worth and your abilities, but once you understand it is not about you, things change and you start getting a better perspective about it. The situation or job you were rejected from just means it wasn’t the right one for you, and the perfect opportunity for you is out there, just stay consistent, don’t give up and never ever take rejection personally again.

6. Be vocal about your dreams and your desires

Never be ashamed of your dreams and your passions and never feel guilty for desiring them. A lot of young people feel like their passions are silly or not interesting enough, so instead of being proud of them, they rather hide them and keep them to themselves, but actually, this can have negative results. Instead, share whenever you get the chance about them and you’ll be surprised how many people will support you and how many good things can come from this.

7. Opportunities don’t come from heaven

If you want to work for X company or you want to make businesses with Z company, you have to create the opportunities for this to happen. As much as you would like to just get it, you need to work for it and find ways to get closer to your goal. Use the Internet, ask your friends, e-mail the company of your dreams and never take NO as a final answer.

8. Be flexible with your plan

Learning how to be flexible in life can remove a lot of stress from it. Things do not always go as planned and life is an expert at throwing curveballs, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get to where you’re supposed to be. Be open to new things, new paths and roads, you don’t know if something that doesn’t seem as good as you want to is the road that will take you to your dreamed opportunity.

9. Take care of your body

A healthy body means a healthy mind, and now, more than ever, health can’t be taken for granted. Small things like drinking water every day and working out, even if it’s 30 minutes, can make a huge difference. Also, don’t forget to have regular visits to your doctor and asking for medical assistance if needed.

10. Don’t forget to save

It can be pretty tempting to spend your money and treat yourself, however, it is important to always save some money from your monthly income and make it part of your emergency fund. You don’t know what life holds and it’s better to be prepared with your savings and a plan b, c, d, e, etc.