Some advice for the twentysomethings

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[vimeo id="87214639"] One of the magazines I love reading is Relevant Magazine. They write great articles ranging in various themes and ideas. I recently came across one that dealt with things that people over 20 – or basically students and young professionals – should stop saying. The article has some funny ideas, but it also  highlighted some really clear no-nonsense ideas that people in their twenties, and maybe some older ones too, should stop saying. I want to share a few of them with you along with some of my own follow-up thoughts.

First, stop spending money that you don’t have. As clear and simple as this rule is, America’s credit card debt is astronomical. In fact, in 2012 the average American household had nearly $16,000 in credit card debt. I think this should be a wake up call for many young adults because even though you may want something that you cannot afford, but can buy on credit, the smarter idea is to wait and save or maybe just let it go. Also, the last thing you want to do when first starting out on your own is to gather up tons of credit card debt. Be savvy with your money and start saving and investing as soon as possible. Use cash and learn to live on a budget.

Second, stop thinking you know it all. The plain fact of life is that people do not want to be around the know-it-alls. Because we all know one thing – none of us know it all! If you approach your daily life with an attitude of learning, it’s going to take you a long way. People enjoy doing life with people who are eager to engage and learn. Approach every situation with humility and take it as an opportunity to gain some new knowledge and wisdom.

Third, stop thinking that you’re too young. This is like saying that God hasn’t given me what I need – which is simply not true. When God brings you to the beginning of a new adventure, you need to understand that God has given you all that you need to succeed in that opportunity. You’re never too young to do what God has called you to do. He has gifted you to thrive in life in every season and opportunity that He brings to you.

And finally, stop being passive. This is something that needs constant attention – even after you move from your twenties. Complacency is a real killer in organizations as well as in our personal lives. The first step to getting out of a passive way of living is by starting to do something. It’s time to start taking action and cultivating your passions. This will motivate you to move forward. Be diligent in watching your own journey. Don’t allow passive and complacent trends to creep into your life.

I trust these few points have encouraged and challenged you to start living more effectively and cultivated some great decision-making habits. Overall, your twenties should be a time of exploration with God and preparation for the future. It’s a decade where many of us make lifelong decisions and commitments. It’s an exciting time. I know that as you learn more about yourself and put these ideas into action, you, too, will see success.

What would you add to this list? Are there other things that people over 20 should stop?