For years, we’ve heard that 30 is the new 20, and I have believed it for most of my life. Although I am an exception, most people marry later and have children later. We live longer, so why not? It sounds amazing to have an extra 10 years to plan your life, and it would not be very smart to rush. So I thought…

The majority of life’s most important moments occur before age 35. More than half of Americans start dating or living with their partner before age 30. Female fertility is highest at age 28. And most importantly, the brain stops its last major growth spurt around this age. These are just a few reasons why 30 isn’t the new 20, and these years matter.

Although we all have our ways of understanding it, there are six things you should know by the end of your 20s.

Interview like a boss

The value of public speaking will stay with you for many years. Understanding the importance of being able to express yourself is crucial. These are the years you can ask questions about the interview process and learn how to describe your strengths and weaknesses honestly. Find a mentor and go to workshops to learn this skill.

Take care of your skin

Your skin may look great now, but prevention is key. As you age, your skin loses elasticity. There are many amazing products on the market today. You have to take a few minutes every night to apply them. You will be a better person for it.

How to Take a Compliment

This is the one thing I struggle with. When you are in your 20s, confidence is essential. Part of that process is learning to accept compliments. It would be best to be humble and gracious when someone acknowledges you, regardless of whether they are referring to your thesis or your outfit. You are amazing, and people should not judge you. Don’t forget to give compliments. Being kind doesn’t cost anything.

Be a good friend

You read so much about the importance of having a group of good friends in your 20s. But very few people mention how important it is to have good friends in your 20s. You will always be busy, and life is no exception. But it would be best if you made time to spend quality time with people who matter to you. Multitasking is my favorite thing. So ask your girlfriend to join you for a workout or FaceTime with your long-distance best friend while preparing for bed.

Differentiate what you want from what you need

This is perhaps the most important piece. Young people are very in tune with their wants. We live in an age of instant gratification, so it is hard to be strict. Do you feel compelled to eat that doughnut even if you don’t need it? If your heart desires it, should you text your ex? Although self-discipline can be a difficult task throughout your life, you can make decisions that will benefit you even if you have to say no.

Manage your money

A girl who isn’t in control of her income is worse than any other. You should save between 25-and 50% of your income at this age. This is a lot! It is important to know your outbound expenses, including travel, groceries and eating out. You can also identify areas where you can save. You should contribute the maximum amount to your 401k if you work for a company with contribution matching. Mine is 6%! Don’t forget to pay your bills, set up autopay and don’t overspend. This is possible.


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