As a young adult, there are so many things I wish I knew in my 20s.


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my twenties. It’s incredible how much life can change, and it makes me think of all the lessons I’ve learned so far in my twenties. So here are some things I learned during my twenties that I want to share with you

These lessons have helped me get through difficult times and molded me into the person I am today, for better or worse. And now they might be able to help you as well, so keep reading to learn more!

This Post Is All About Things I wish I knew In My 20s

1. Find Your Passion

This is the prime time to get focused and decide what you really want to be and what you want to do with your life. Do some soul-searching exercises in order to find your true passion. This must come from within because you want to make sure it’s something you want to do and not something., someone else wants you to do

Your passion will fuel your purpose and will keep you motivated during those rough days when you won’t feel like doing anything.

2. Push Yourself Out Of Your Comfort Zone

The Comfort zone may be super comfortable but it surely isn’t the place where you can grow or thrive. It will indeed be super scary to push yourself out of your comfort zone but always remember that there’s so much progress out there.

Be willing to take risks and try out new things because you still have time and you can always figure out alternative ways when things go wrong.

Never be the same. Keep evolving, keep growing.

3. Develop New Habits

Your twenties are the best years to develop some healthy habits. Have a strict morning and evening routine that enables you with a healthy mindset and helps you stay mentally fit.

Successful people always focus on having constructive habits, and these could be built easily in their twenties. Start working out or consider having morning yoga sessions, develop healthy eating habits, meditate, dance your heart out – do whatever you feel like to but start somewhere.

4. Find Your Balance

In this rush of being more and doing more, the people in the twenties always forget to maintain balance. We get super busy with our work schedule that we totally neglect our personal life.

This is the time to train your mind to find the balance and know the boundaries. You surely don’t want to miss out on all the fun just because you’re grinding and hustling all your life. Be mindful and find the balance to enjoy your life.

5. Learn to accept failures

This time of your life will lay so many opportunities in front of you, but it will depend on you which path you choose. Sometimes, the path you chose won’t always lead you to success, and during those times instead of giving up, learn to accept the failures.

Do not get disheartened with everything that didn’t work. Life is here to teach you, learn from it. These lessons will make you wise and sharp for later stages of your life. Think of them as the test matches before you finally show up to the world cup


6. Choose your friends wisely

Your friends will always have an impact on your life, so choose wisely. Be with people who inspire you and motivate you to do something better in life. Be with people who want you to slay your twenties. They are the ones who will be there for you when you’re in need.

7. Take care of your body

In your twenties, you will have so much going on in life. Work and school can take up a lot of time. So it’s important to make sure that you are taking care of your body because it is the only machine that runs your race. Make sure you eat well, sleep at least 8 hours per day and build a good workout schedule.

8. Spend time with your family

Your family always has an impact on you in some way. They influence the person that you are and they teach you so many things about life. Now is a good time to really spend time with your family and grow together as a unit.

9. Educate Yourself

In this fast paced world, we’re constantly getting bombarded with information, so to makes sure that you’re up-to-date with the things happening around you.

Learn different languages, read biographies or books about people who changed the world or books on how they slay their twenties. Even better is if you go for an online education and learn a new skill.

New skills can open up so many possibilities for you

Don’t think that you will naturally know all there is to know about life when graduating from college.

10. Learn basic words in another language.

You will find this useful when travelling, and it’s really cool to know how to say basic words in a different language. It will only make you even more interesting.

11. Be punctual

Time management is so important. In your twenties, when you are constantly surrounded by work, school and socializing, it can be really hard to find time for yourself.

This will result in stress, anxiety and headaches. To slay your twenties well, always be on time for everything: meetings, dinner plans or even a date that you’re really excited about.

It’s important to understand that when you are punctual, it shows that you respect other people’s time too. It also indicates that you have a disciplined work ethic and schedule which is very valuable.


12. Always be aware of your surroundings.

We have been taught to be mindful of our surroundings so we can remain safe wherever we are. And this should not change in your twenties.

Always keep an eye out for suspicious people or situations that you don’t feel comfortable with. 

13. Learn about finances

More than half of the world population is under 30. That means people in your age group are influencing the economy and spending more money, so it’s important to learn how to slay your twenties well by understanding finances.

Be smart with spending money on things like: clothing, accessories or food. Always think before you buy something if you

As money can be a huge issue during your twenties.

You most likely will be freelancing or working on a part-time job to make some extra cash. Learn how to manage your finances wisely, save some and spend the rest. You’ll find that it can become really tough during your twenties with all the partying you want to do, things you want to buy and experiences you want to live.

14. Meet different people

Get out of your comfort zone and be friendly to other people. Life is all about experiences- which you can only live through if you are meeting new people.

Talk to strangers on the bus, make friends with anyone who sits close to you in class or strike up a conversation with your barista at Starbucks. Most importantly, be as social as possible and slay your twenties well by being in touch with all kinds of people- different cultures, ages, economic backgrounds.

All these people will teach you something new about yourself or they can bring out a side of you that is often buried deep down. You’ll find that the more socializing you do, the better you’ll get at it. This will open up a whole new world to!

15. Be your own best friend

As we all know, how you treat yourself is how you will be treated by people around you.

Being your own best friend will always make life a lot easier. If you put yourself first, then the rest will fall into place.

16. Spend time alone

Learn to spend time alone with yourself. Be alone when you need to chill out or when you just want time for yourself. Because at the end of the day the only person that will always be there for is YOU!

17. Live frugally

I admit that I was a bit late to the party. For more than half my twenties, I’ve lived like there is no tomorrow. I did not pay attention how much money and how many opportunities were slipping through my fingers every single day of my life.

When you live frugally, your twenties are likely to be financially stable- so you won’t have to worry about how you will pay off your debts. 

Be smart with how you spend money on things like clothes, food and anything else under the sun.

Be open-minded about how you spend money and how much of it (or how little) you should have in your bank account. For most people, how much money they have isn’t as important as how little debt they have. This will ensure that you are financially stable after your twenties. 

18. Put yourself first

How can you expect other people to treat you with respect if how you treat yourself is not how you want others to treat you?

Always make sure to put yourself first. You obviously know how to deal with your emotions at the best and how much love and care your heart needs- so take care of it!

19. Do what makes YOU happy.

Don’t let how the rest of the world might treat you affect how happy you are. The most important thing is that you love yourself for who YOU are- so slay your twenties well by putting yourself first! DO what makes you happy not what makes other happy, as that will only make you unhappy. 

20. Don’t ignore your mental health

Your mental health is just as equally important as your physical health. How you treat yourself mentally will not only impact on how the rest of the world sees you, but it will also have an effect on your day to day life.

If you are constantly suffering from stress, anxiety or depression, it will make a major impact on how you tackle life in your twenties and beyond.

21. You don’t have to have a huge friends circle.

In fact, it is better to have 1 good friend than 10 acquaintances.

Take care of how you treat the people around you. Be careful what you say and how you say it. Never be mean or rude to anyone (especially how you talk about them behind their back). Learn how to keep a positive attitude even when things get hard.

21. Be more assertive

Don’t be scared to say no. How can you have any boundaries if you let other people trample all over them?

You will soon see that as time goes by, your opinion and needs become more relevant.

So don’t be shy- always speak up for yourself!

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22. You will have haters, and that’s okay.

There will always be people who do not like how you live your life, how you spend your money or the choices that you make in your life.

They will try to bring you down- but don’t let them get to you.

23. Make your dreams into plans. 

Most people who have a dream and try to achieve it do not accomplish their dreams because they don’t plan how to achieve them. How well you plan for your goals will determine whether you can reach them or not- so write down how much time you want to spend on each goal, what resources (money, how much energy) and how much help (from friends, family) do you need to achieve each goal. How well you want your goals will determine your success in life- so write them down! 

24. Don’t burn bridges. How you treat people will affect how you are treated.

There’s nothing worse than letting your pride or an argument take over and commit the sin of burning a bridge. How badly you want to become better in life is up to how much love, care and respect you have for yourself- so don’t burn bridges!

25. Save Your Money

How well you treat your money in your 20s will define the rest of your life. How much money do you have to spend each month? How much can you save? How much debt are you in? How much do you want to be saving at this point in time?

How often do you make minimum payments on debts and never put anything else toward it? How long would it take to pay off your debt if you only paid minimum payment monthly? How bad do you want to become better in life? How much money you save will determine how well you are going to live in the future. 

Money doesn’t grow on trees, so learn to be good with money!

26. Invest In Your Health.

How many days per week do you get 8 hours of sleep? How many meals do you eat each day that are healthy and nutritious? How bad do you want to become better in life? How well you take care of yourself is how well you will live. 

27. Have Morning & Night Routines

Doing things every morning before getting out of bed helps set the tone for the entire day. If you wake up late, then chances are you won’t feel motivated to start your day right away. Having a routine also gives you something to look forward too which keeps you focused throughout the day. It may seem hard to get started early in the morning, but once you find one thing that works best for you, stick to it!

28. Keep to the right on escalators 

This one seems like a little thing, but I find that it saves a lot of time if you keep to the right on escalators. It’s good etiquette to do this not only because it’s safer (especially if there are going to be people jumping on behind you), but also because more people can walk up or down at the same time on each side of the escalator.

29. Have Personal Time Daily

Another way to start your day off on a positive note is to have some ‘me time’. How well you take care of yourself will determine how well you do in life, so make sure that every day you put aside an hour or two for only YOU!

30. Have a Resume?

A lot of you might be in college, and may not have a serious job. Have a resume ready to go along with any job applications you send out. This way, you can focus more on finding jobs rather than having to worry about writing resumes.

31. When You Fail, Don’t Give Up.

How badly you want to become better in life will determine how much effort and time you put into your goals. How well you fail is a reflection of how well are you going to do later on in life, so don’t give up! Always try and figure out why did you fail that way? How could you have done it better? How better can you do it next time? How badly you want to become successful will determine the effort and time put into your goals. If we all gave up after we fail once, then most of us wouldn’t be as successful as we are today.

32. It’s Okay To Not Know What Your Purpose In Life Is. 

For some of us, we know what our purpose in life is. For many others, they have no clue on what their true calling or life purpose may be. How you set your goals, what you want to achieve in life is up to you. How do we know if we have found our passion in life? How do we know that this job will lead us down the path of happiness and success?

You may ask yourself these questions and not have any answers for them, which can be quite discouraging. However, it is nothing to be alarmed at.

33. Give Yourself A Break.  

We all go through a rough patch in life, and we all have bad days. It’s okay to feel down or angry. How you manage your emotions is up to you; however, always remember that no feeling lasts forever. 

34. Know That You Are Not Alone.

We all feel alone at one point or another in life. As social beings we want to be around others, especially those whom we care about most. You may think you are the only one going through something when in reality there is someone in your life who has endured that experience before and will support you if you open up to them and let them know how you are feeling.

35. Ask For Help.  

It is not bad to ask for help from others. How you grow as a person depends on the people around you, sometimes we wear blinders and try to do everything ourselves when really we are only making things more difficult for ourselves in the long run. Trust in your ability to overcome obstacles with other’s help.

36. Keep Your Space Clean.

How you treat your home reflects who you are as a person. How you manage your time and keep up with things shows how much effort you put into areas of your life that matter to you. How well or poorly kept your house is more often than not speaks for itself in the kind of person you are and want to be seen as by others.

37. Stop Settling.

There are many social rules that teach us how to behave and interact in a society. A few of these basic principles include keeping a respectful distance back from those you speak with and maintaining at least one meter between people standing or sitting next to each other in line.

38. Focus On Positivity Rather Than Negativity. 

How you think and speak of things that happen in life will affect your mood. How you view situations and how they affect your well being is up to you, but always remember that negative thoughts bring forth negativity in the end.

39. Believe In Yourself.

Your confidence comes from within you. How you perceive yourself will affect the way that you live your life and deal with situations in life . How much value you place on yourself is up to you, but do not let anyone make you feel like your worth is less than what it is.

40. Travel

it broadens the mind. How you learn about the world around you and experience different things will help you grow as a person and in life . 

41. Don’t Go Out To Eat Often.  

Eating out is convenient but the amount of money you spend on food would be better spent in groceries that you can save and cook with later. How often you eat out and how much money you spend on meals will affect your budget. How well or poorly you manage your finances will shape how well you are able to achieve the lifestyle you want to live. 

42. Remember You Do Not Know It All

What you have in your twenties is a foundation to build upon with the rest of your life. How you structure your life is up to you and what kind of person you want to be. How you create the life that you desire depends on how well or poorly you manage yourself throughout life. How happy, successful, content, healthy, wealthy or anything else in between is up to the choices that we make as individuals .

43. Have fun with it.

How amazing it will be to look back on your life and see how much you have changed! How awesome is that!

What matters the most is how well you live in this moment- so have fun, enjoy yourself and do whatever makes YOU happy (within reason of course!)

Your twenties are the gem years of your life, and I so wish you to spend them wisely. However, in this race of getting more, don’t forget to live well.

I hope that these tips will help you be successful in your 30s and beyond. Let me know in the comments below any tips that you’ve learnt in your 20s


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