5 things every twentysomething should know how to do


[vimeo id="110579500"] Relevant Magazine recently published an awesome article titled, 20 Things Every Twentysomething Should Know How to Do. I really enjoyed reading this article and wanted to share just a few of these ideas with you. The article was geared toward the younger crowd; however, I think a lot of these ideas apply to all of us at all ages. I think that if anyone wants to be successful these ideas will definitely help shape your success story.

Here we go:

First, argue kindly. This is a skill I promise will be appreciated by anyone who disagrees with you. You will never get your point across when you’re yelling and putting someone down. If you don’t know how to argue your point in a kind way, it’s time to learn! Learn to listen and instead of reacting to someone, learn to respond in a constructive way. And also, learn to be “okay” with being wrong and learning from someone else. Who knows, you might actually be wrong.

Second, limit your online life. One of my pet peeves is when I’m trying to have a conversation with someone and they keep checking their phone. I’m guilty of this also, so I think we all need to stop looking down at our phones so much and engage in real conversation. If you’re noticing that you’re more involved in your online life than your real one, it’s time to make some changes. I noticed this in my own life and started to intentionally leave my phone behind when I went to coffee meetings – it made a huge difference in my life.

Third, learn to say, “I was wrong.” I already alluded to this earlier, but I want to emphasize this even more. You’ll learn that in marriage, in friendships and in business it’s important to know when something was your fault and be able to own up to it. It may be hard, but it is a very important skill to hone. When you acknowledge your mistakes, you’re showing maturity and you’re allowing yourself to grow. So swallow that pride and admit you were wrong.

Fourth, talk to someone who’s done things that interest you. If you’re thinking about making a career change or thinking about going into a certain field, find someone who’s gone before you. Ask them to become your coach. They’ll help you get your footing before you embark on this new adventure. Plus they can give you insight about whether the decision is the right fit for you. Whenever I’ve started new jobs, I’ve asked people to be a coach to me. And I tell you, they’ve been able to give great insights that helped me be successful. So get a coach!

Five, respond to criticism. I would like to add something to this one… Respond to criticism well. Be gracious, but stand strong. There’s nothing wrong about standing up for what is right. But like I said in number three, be willing to admit when you’re wrong. Responding to criticism isn’t about firing back from hurt feelings; it’s about taking the high road no matter how much your emotions want to hit back. Turn that cheek and don’t let your emotions become the boss of you. Be intentional about learning from all types of criticism.

Well, thanks for checking out my blog. I hope these ideas encouraged you and challenged you in journey. If there are some lessons that you’ve learned that might be beneficial for others to hear, please feel free to share them with me. Have a great day!