15 things successful people don’t do in their 20s

As far as things go your twenties aren’t far off one of the most important periods of your life. So much happens in those years that defines what you do and where you’re going to go. You finish education, first proper job, you’ve got those career aspirations to realise and chase, not to mention your social life goes a bit mental and then there are still relationships too! Business Insider have come up with a list of things to avoid, if you want to be successful that is.


They don’t think education and talent are enough to become successful.

 Yes, they are key factors. Huge players in the game. And yes, you are going to struggle without them. But there is a lot to be said for hard work and a bit of craft. Get your head down, work hard, and don’t give up!

They don’t neglect their health.

As you progress through these years, your hangovers are going to get worse. Noticeably so too. Wave goodbye to 3 day benders, and instead welcome the 3 day hangover. And nobody ever was productive on a hangover, were they?!

They don’t spend all of their disposable income.

 It’s good to save! Retirement might seem ages away, but the sooner you start saving the sooner you can get your feet up on a beach!

They don’t equate happiness with money.

It just doesn’t work that way.

They don’t give up when things get tough.

Because that’d be pure idiocy. If you believe in what you’re doing, you’ll keep going. Learn from your mistakes and crack on!

They don’t let others define them.

‘Cos you just gotta be yourself.

They don’t let impatience cripple them.

Just stay patient. Keep focused. Work hard. It’ll come, you know.

They don’t try to please everyone.

Because you can’t. It’s impossible to do so. Personalities clash, you won’t like some people and some people might not like you. It’s the way of the world. Don’t let it get to you. Stop worrying!

They don’t think all friendships can last forever.

As good as it would be if they do, people move to different stages of their lives at different rates. People move away, get married, get swallowed up by work.

They don’t think moving somewhere new will solve their problems.

Problems follow you, you can’t run away from them. You have to work at them, overcome them, and then reap the rewards!

They don’t create bubbles around themselves.

 Let people in. Let people help. Don’t be a recluse!

They don’t see things in black and white.

 Not everything has to be one or the other. You don’t have to stop doing your hobbies just because you have a job now. That’d just be daft!

They don’t obsess over finding their “soul mate.”

 Things like this just kinda happen. Stumbled upon, if you will. It’s the ‘watched phone never rings’ essence. Go looking to hard for something and it won’t happen. And it’ll probably hamper whatever else you’re up to!

They don’t try planning years in advance.

 Each day as it comes, young’un.

They don’t think they’re the only one trying to figure things out.

 You’re not the only one in this situation. It’s the situation that everyone of your age is going through. Stick to these principles. Work hard, but get that social balance in too. It’s going to be a blast.

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