RULE NO.13: 30 IS NOT THE NEW 20

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The video that every 20-something must watch.

Throughout my 20’s I’ve lived by the motto that “20’s are for learning, 30’s are for earning”. This has helped me survive the long days at work or hours spent in the library at university but I’ve been tempted to give it all up in the spirit of YOLO (You Only Live Once). During those stressful days when I wonder why I’m working so hard for very little immediate return, YOLO thoughts play on repeat through my head. Shouldn’t I be running around, enjoying my youth without a care in the world? Isn’t this the time for experimentation and exploration? Can’t I just put it all off until I’m in my 30’s? Am I too young to be working this hard?

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay, puts forward the argument in this TED Talk that your 20’s are your most formative and defining years of your adult life. What you do (or don’t do in your 20’s) has a lasting impact on the rest of your life. This is the video that should be mandatory for every 20-something. Watch below and share your thoughts.

Photo Credit: Richard Phibbs

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2 thoughts on “RULE NO.13: 30 IS NOT THE NEW 20

  1. gaius918 says:

    I really enjoyed that! It reaffirmed everything I already knew and ensured me that I was doing the right thing with my life despite set backs I have been through in my 20s (ill be 30 in September). I needed that encouragement. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  2. Dawson says:

    I feel particularly good having watched this at age 20. Time to start building identity capital early on!!!!

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