8 Things To Do In Your (early) 20s To Be Successful

What should I be doing in my 20’s? The good (yet anxiety filled) answer is that there are endless amounts of things to do in your 20s, that can help you live an amazing happy life.

Becoming a 20something is a moment I remember looking forward to all my life. No longer subject to the rules of my parents house, but still not aged enough for people to start thinking of me as old (Whew!)

There are a lot of things people tell you that you should have figured out by the time you’ve hit age 20something, but the truth is, someone else’s path will never be yours to take.

So if you asked if I had any regrets on the path I’ve decided to take to date, my answer would be simple,no.

Through every moment, every setback, every good and bad day, I’ve learned something that has helped me to become the person I am today.

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So no, I wouldn’t change a thing.

If you’re here today for a push in the right direction of what you should be doing in your twenties, my short answer would be to focus on the things that bring you happiness.

Unfortunately however, if you’ve made it to age 20something, happiness won’t be your only worry.

You’ll need to think about finding a job that gives you experience, new ways to cope with stress and of course finding the strength to let go of lifelong friendships that no longer serve your best interest.

This post is in collaboration with Juanique from SurvivingYourTwentysomethings.com.

Keep reading to find out 8 things you’ll need to do in your 20s to live a happy life.

What should you know in your 20s?

Life is going to move forward and you will have to adjust time after time. It’s a beautiful path of figuring yourself out and letting go of habits that no longer benefit you.

In your twenties you should

  1. Put energy into relationships that make you happy

  2. Start to heal from your past

  3. Believe the world is full of opportunities and not only chaos

The best advice for your 20s is to believe that you deserve people who care for you, and no matter what background you come from, you can have a life where you inspire others and build wealth.

8 Things To Do In Your 20s

1. Understand that things will change

Your likes will change, your dislikes will change, and you will be a better person for it. There’s a lot of pressure regarding how you should have EVERYTHING figured everything out in your twenties but you don’t have to.

Instead, work on learning what your values are and live your life so that you can experience them more.

Do you value stability and traveling? Do you enjoy having quiet time and freedom to make your own schedule?

Tune into yourself and make these values part of your daily routine.

2. Consider if you want to go to college

If you’re wondering if you should go to college and if college is for you then you’re not alone.

While in high school the best thing you can do for yourself is keep your grades up so you can qualify for scholarships and have options when it comes to picking a school.

Choose a school based on cost and the programs they offer. The cheaper tuition the better.

If you decide to take a gap year after high school make sure you have a plan for what you’ll be doing with your time off.

Are you pursuing an internship?

Are you working so you can save up for tuition or books?

Will you be traveling anywhere?

If you take a break the main purpose of having time off from school isn’t just to relax but to fill your days with activities, people, and things that bring you joy, enlighten your mind and make you a better person.

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3. Should you go to graduate school?

If you decided to go to college and now graduation is approaching the next question is should you go to grad school or is it worth it to go directly to graduate school?

One of my teachers summarized graduate school as something you shouldn’t go to directly after college because “It’s like being in 17th grade” instead of being a new experience.

When deciding if graduate school is right for you consider the career you’re pursuing.

Someone looking at more than three more years of schooling may want to give their minds time to breathe.

Or find a job so that they can continue reaching financial goals like paying off debt, saving for an apartment, vacation, or boost their savings.