Twenties are great for experimenting, creating, making mistakes, but 30s are when the game gets tough.
And when the going gets tough, the tough get going
That’s why today we will be talking about the 8 best investments you make in yourself before you’re 30.
1. FIGURE OUT YOURSELF
Sounds like asking for the moon, doesn’t it? Don’t panic.
You don’t have to have it all figured out. Take it easy. Ok, still not clear, I know, but stick with me for some lines.
It’s all about taking some time for yourself when you completely forget about what you want – “I want to graduate art school”, “I want to have a family”, “I want to have more money”. For a moment, forget about it.
Just shut it down. And ask yourself one question only:
What do I believe in?
In other words, What do you believe in?
To answer this question, you can look back at your past. After all you’ve been through, what are the things that you would never do again? What are your biggest regrets and why?
Make a list. Write down 5 principles you’ll never break and include a reason for it. (e. g I will never steal, because I believe in other people’s hard work.)
Wrote the list? Great! Now you know something deep and really precious about yourself.
And remember that you’re not what you want, but you’re not what you do either. You’re not a college student, a teacher, a consultant, or anything else. That’s what you do.
Figuring out yourself is hard, just like growing up is. Most people spend them all life trying to understand themselves. You grow, you evolve, and that’s part of the game.
One last advice: if you do something that somehow goes against what you believe in, you’ll feel it. Your body and mind will feel it, just listen to them. If this happens, go back and do that exercise again, so that you update the list and know what keeps hurting you. This is a very mature way to learn from your mistakes.
2. LEARN HOW TO GET TO YOUR “HAPPY PLACE”
Life never stops getting busy, stressful and bad things never stop happening. Actually, it usually gets worse when you get more responsibilities.
The sooner you learn how to take back yourself to your happy place – and figure out what you truly love, the better. The more control you take on your inner feelings, the more you have in the outer world.
For doing so, I suggest you meditation – over anything else.
3. LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
Even though common wisdom dictates that children’s brains are more absorbent, it’s never too late to learn something new. Especially a new language!
And learning a new one looks like a great purpose to realize before hitting the 30s!
4. LEARN SOMETHING BOTH INSPIRING AND SCARY
For me, it was learning how to blog – which, for me, means basically one thing: forcing myself to write more.
I don’t know why so often the things I love are also the things that scare me the most – probably because I’m scared of not being as great as I want to (my inner perfectionist coming into play!).
However, this one could be literally anything. It’s just another way to test yourself and get out of your comfort zone – plus, you’ll get to know something you didn’t before. So, just
Why the hell not?!
5. GET A CAREER BAG
Whether you work in a corporate environment or freelance, having a stylish and comfortable career bag is an investment that’s absolutely worth making.
Need inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board for laptop bags.
6. FIND YOUR STYLE
Your 20s are an awesome time to experiment with the latest beauty or fashion styles – which is something that I more than recommend!
But it’s also a good idea to figure out – and invest – in a look that always makes you feel your best, no matter what.
In other words, find what fits you.
Here are some examples you can start with:
- A good eyebrow – shaping that highlights your face shape
- A makeup – that you feel comfortable wearing on almost every occasion
- A timeless pair of jeans – invest in a good one – it can completely turn your day around
8. TAKE ONLINE COURSES – ABOUT ANY TOPIC
Learning is definitely a big investment, whether before or after your 30s.
And what better way to do it, than using Internet’s best benefit – learning whenever you are?
9. LEARN HOW TO FEAR LESS
If you haven’t watched this TED talk by Tim Ferriss Why you should define your fears instead of your goals stop anything you’re doing right now and go ahead to watch it, because I guarantee you that will change your perspective on life, and on your decisions.
Ferriss also has a TV show called Fearless – which goal is to help people fear less.
The point is: you can’t – and don’t have to – be fearless, but you definitely can learn how to fear less, and there’s nobody in the industry that knows better than Tim about this topic.
(10.) LEARN HOW TO BE WASTE – FREE
In my opinion, this is another thing that should be learned as soon as possible, at least before the 30s.
Learning how to live with less waste is not only a big good favor you do to the entire planet but also to yourself.
Because wasting less in most scenarios means spending less, and saving more – that’s why a more waste-free lifestyle will end up benefiting both our planet and your wallet.
If you’re interested but don’t know where to start, you might like this: 10 very basic ideas on how to be zero waste.
Do you have more ideas to add to this list? What are your purposes for your 30s? Answer in the comments!