We’re often bombarded with tips for making the most of our 20s — but Thought Catalog has published a list of things you SHOULDN’T do. Do you fall into any of these categories?
We’re often bombarded with tips for making the most of our 20s, lists of things we should do while we’re “still young.”
But Thought Catalog has published a list of things you shouldn’t do: 15 Ways 20-Somethings Ruin Their 20s.
Much of the list focuses on personal and life choices, like letting yourself get out of shape (cue The Biggest Loser), staying involved in destructive relationships and “taking pride in being widely considered a b-tch or a d-ck.”
But No. 6 relates directly to what we talk about here at Brazen, your professional life. The author writes:
6. Settling for a subpar job that makes you miserable
Hard work and dedication, no matter who the employer, are admirable traits. If you find yourself performing unhappily at a place, be certain that you’re just doing so as a means to get by until you can pursue your personal goals. Every opportunity to take a shot at your dream career should be greeted passionately by you. Too often people forget that the 20s are an ideal decade for trial and error. Test things out, then fail or succeed.
The last bullet is pretty great, too:
15. Spending large chunks of time dreaming about a utopic, perfect world in which everything is just peachy
Having high hopes and aspirations for the future is a great thing, it’s just important to draw the line of frequency somewhere. Picturing a fantasy land in which you own nice things, are surrounded by beautiful people and have Uncle Scrooge sized piles of money isn’t going to bring those things to fruition. The dreaming is the easy part, it’s the living that requires some heavy lifting and effort.
Here’s the full piece if you’re interested in the other 13 common ways to ruin your 20s.
What do you think? If you’re watching any of your friends ruin this Brazen decade, how are they doing it?