Most people will tell you 'being young is for partying, getting drunk and enjoying your youth'. Well, I have to say I disagree. Here are three things you can ACTUALLY do with your youth, that your future self will thank you for.
This is a bit of a controversial topic, and it's one that frustrates me because it is drilled into society that partying and wandering aimlessly through life for the decade of 18 - 28 is what is 'normal'. Now, I do think everyone should experience partying a little bit, but don't fall into the trap of thinking 'I'll sort out life later' or 'I'm not ready to be an adult'.
Don't waste your entire teens and twenties partying with no sense of direction.
Now for anyone that's going to tell me that this is 'stupid' or that I 'don't get it', I have spent the last 4 years being a professional DJ working 4 to 5 nights a week every single week, playing to hundreds of people a night, as well as DJ'ing in 3 different countries, including over 30 sets at Seduction Nightclub, one of the biggest nightlife venues in Thailand. I have done my share of partying, in fact I have done a lot more than most. I get it.
But too many people truly underestimate the fact that what you do now, absolutely has an impact of your future self. Therefore, it is extremely important to make long term, educated decisions about how you spend your time and what you do with it. The only reason I was able start businesses in high school, save $100,000 and found a tech company before 20 is because I grabbed my youth with two hands and leveraged it, instead of wasting it on doing what everyone else did. There were lots of parties in the industry, but I missed out on a lot nights out and with friends because I worked instead. Anyway to summarise, here are my top tips for what you should actually do with your youth.
1. Stop trying to escape the real world.
It doesn't matter how much you like having no responsibility, going clubbing every weekend, or going to uni just so you feel like you're doing something even if you hate your degree and you don't even put in any effort (quick shout out to all the people putting in the actual work at university and know why they are there, keep it up!). I literally hear lots of people say 'I'm just not ready to be an adult yet' or 'I don't want to worry about growing up yet'. YOU ARE 22 YEARS OLD. YOU ARE A GROWN UP, FREAKING ADULT!!! Stop trying to escape the real world, or it's going to smack you in the face when it's too late. Don't push yourself into a corner or you'll end up fighting an uphill battle for decades.
I wanted to mention here that travel is different. Some people take a few years to travel the world, and that is much better than getting drunk and doing nothing. Travel makes you wiser, gives you a greater appreciation for life and you create memories you cherish forever.
Read my article '7 New Year's Resolutions to Make in 2016' here.
2. Figure out what you want in life.
This is another thing that drives me crazy. People think 'I don't know what I want to do', address the problem for a few seconds, then totally disregard it before waltzing back to fairy land. This is not an excuse, so with this approach you might hopefully listen.
What do you want in life?
Notice that it says figure out what you want in life, not what you want to do. You may not know your passion or your ideal career path, but you will know what you want: to travel the world, retire your family, be financially free, help charities etc. These things you DO know. And by knowing what you want, you can then set goals take action towards them. If you have clear goals you can work backwards and figure out what needs to happen to get closer to your dream.
Read my article '3 Step Guide to Actually Achieving Your Goals' to make it happen.
3. Take advantage of what you have.
I have some people say:
‘who cares, being young is all about partying and having fun while you can. You don’t have the chance to do it when you’re older’
You know what else you don’t have when you're older? The time, the energy, the creativity, the lack of responsibility and low living expenses that you did when you were in your teens and twenties. Think about THAT. When you’re young you can run off 3 hours sleep, you can live off $50 a week, you can take 3 jobs, you likely have no kids, no house mortgage and you have SO MUCH FREAKING TIME!!! Time itself should be a big enough reason for you to get off your butt and start working on your dreams early, because you will get less and less of it as time goes on. You honestly don't have as much time as you think. You just don't.
Really have a think about what I've said here. Even if you barely read it or you landed here somehow by accident, actually think. Are you trying to escape reality? Do you need to take life more seriously? Make a change today. You can do anything you want to do in this world if you want it badly enough. Please, please don't waste it. We only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
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