The 18 Things I Choose to Do in My 20s That Will Lead Me to Success

The 20s are the best time to do anything you want. It’s not too early and not too late, so the possibilities are countless.

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If you’re in your 30s, 40s or else, you can still do whatever you want with your life. You may have more limitations, though, most of which are only in your mind, but age can’t stop you when you have a burning desire, a dream or a need to change.

So even if you’re not in your 20s, you can do the following things to some extent. But if you are, I think they are a must.

This list contains the things I’m currently doing with my life. And it doesn’t mean I’m working on my goals all the time. I also do all the time-wasting activities everyone else does, I’ve got my unhealthy habits, bad moments and periods of just doing nothing.

Sometimes, I may seem like a random 22-year-old girl with no big plans and a direction. That’s because I don’t really talk about these things and people in my life know me only to the point I want them to know me. So, of course, wrong conclusions are inevitable.
And as far as I know I’m on the right track for myself, I’m alright with the opinion of others.

So here are the things I chose to do in my 20s:

1. Follow my passion.

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It’s a rare thing nowadays for a young person to know what he wants to do with his life and to have serious intentions to get it. I’m glad I found my passion and especially that I’m doing something about it every day.

Related: The Passion Test: Have You Found Your True Calling

2. Working on making it my career.

It’s also important to know what you don’t want to do with your life. And sometimes it’s easier to figure it out.
I’m sure that I don’t want to have a 9-5 job, work for someone else and depend on him, do stuff I hate, wait for the day to be over, dread Mondays because of that, become a depressed person and to top it all, make an amount of money that will never be enough to help me afford the lifestyle I want.

That’s why I’m working on making my passion my career.

[2016 Update] I’m not a full-time freelance writer, with multiple income streams, working on digital businesses and almost location independent.

3. Trying new things.

Now is the perfect time to do it. I’m talking about things that a real adult can’t really do.

For instance, I took another course in Italian more than a year ago, now I’m learning Dutch, went swimming for a few times (I ditched it after a few lessons but don’t feel bad about that as it was just an experiment), and I just finished a short course in bartending. I was planning on working that this summer but a much better opportunity came up and I just couldn’t reject it. But I had a great time there, met interesting people and learned new skills which was so fun. And I can always practice it if there’s nothing better to do (but I expect much better things to come along).

Related: 5 Drastic Things You Can Do Today That Will Change The Course of Your Life

4. Learning new languages.

I love foreign languages. Italian is my favorite but I’m open for every other.
Some time ago I learned how to write and read in Hebrew, have been learning German for a few years back in high school (but it’s just not my thing and I don’t enjoy it so I haven’t practiced it since), I have some knowledge in Russian as it’s close to my language. My new favorite country is Holland (have friends there, love the culture and paid a visit recently). And it’s my new goal to speak Dutch well by the beginning of next summer.

5. Choosing principles to live by and staying true to them.

6. Perfect timing.

I know I’ll probably never have as much free time and lack of responsibilities as I do in my 20s. So I’m trying to appreciate it and make the best of it.

7. Started simplifying my life.

8. Do my best not to end up in a bad relationship.

I know it may last for years and have so many people around me that choose to be with the wrong person just because they don’t want to end up alone. But you can’t be alone in your 20s. That’s something you’ll worry about later.

To stay in a bad relationship and put up with someone that treats you bad is one of the worst things you can do to yourself.

9. Making fitness a daily habit.

Now is the time to get in shape.

Related: What Does Being in Shape Has to Do with Success

10. Figure out who my real friends are – the ones I want to stay in my life, and investing in these relationships.

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Related: The Importance of Give and Take in Relationships

11. Traveling.

That’s an important one. You can never be sure if later you’ll have the time, chance or money to travel the world, so it’s best to start now. It’s one of the greatest things everyone can do with their lives.

12. Living life to the fullest.

I do that too. And I’m pretty good at it. But I also have my antisocial periods as I’m more of an introvert.

13. Not getting into debt.

In Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s (a part of the 21 Convention), I heard a great rule and realized I actually stick to it. It says:

If you can’t pay cash, it’s not for you!

I have many friends who went to study abroad, and of course it’s better to get your education (if you’re serious about it) in England rather than here, in Bulgaria. But they got in a big dept because of that and technically, started their student life by taking money they don’t have that will need to be returned when they graduate university. That’s a big burden.

14. Try to listen to what older people (or those with more experience) are saying.

They know better. I’m glad I realize it early on in my 20s.

15. Finding role models.

I have my role models and people I look up to. That’s priceless. And it doesn’t really matter whether they are people from your surrounding or someone you follow only online and whose books you’re reading. Having a mentor is a key.

16. Choose experience over material stuff.

I choose to welcome experience. That’s why when I have some spare money, I’d always go abroad or take up an exciting course, instead of buying top technologies.

Related: 40 Things to Live Without

17. Completing education.

I don’t really enjoy it, but I’ll go through it in my 20s. It’s once in a lifetime and now is the right moment.

Many people start it and when other things happen at the same time, they take a year off. That usually turns into a few years and some never complete their education. Others don’t go to uni at all, and eventually regret it.

That’s why I will finish my education and get a master degree, regardless of the fact that my career plans are different.

18. Having a vision.

Another important one!
I’ve figured out what I want, have some big ideas and plans and have started working on them. Vision is everything. There’s no action, and of course results, without it.

I hope you agree with me on all that.

Which of the things I do in my 20s do you think is most important? And what other things should a person do at that age?

Lidiya K

Lidiya K

Author, blogger and podcaster in the fields of self-improvement and life hacking. Creator of Let's Reach Success.
Full-time freelance writer. Lifestyle designer.
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  1. A lot of those things, I’m doing now, in my 40s. Mostly because I spent my 20s ignoring them and living recklessly. Instead of looking back with regret, I’m just proud of how much I’ve changed and grown. Sounds like you’re off to a great start!

  2. Great list. I loved my 20’s and accomplished many things, but my advice being in my early 40,s ( you start adding early for clarification once you hit 30 so be prepared) is learn to love and accept yourself -faults and all.

    1. That’s an important one too. I often write about it. I realized that you can’t expect others to love you when you don’t love and appreciate yourself 🙂

  3. Very cool list Lidiya. I think having and following your vision is the most important.
    You are so right about perfect timing.
    Making your passion a career is a great idea too. Building a career is not a few months matter. The earlier you start, the faster you’ll get results.

    I have only one compliant about “do my best not to end up in a bad relationship” point. Don’t focus on negatives. It should be “do my best to end up in a great relationship”.

    1. Sure it is. You know that focusing on the positives is a part of my personal philosophy. It’s just that I’ve seen too many people around me that ended up in such relationships. And they don’t look happy.

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