harsh life lessons everyone should learn in their 20s 


1 Life Has Already Begun. There is no interlude. Nor is there trial version of life. Your every decision matters.

2. Your Online Friends Are Fake Friends. Unfortunately, yes. Most of them do not care about you and will not come in your hour of need.

3. If You Fall In Love, Be Ready To Get Your Heart Broken. It is tough and it hurts.

4. Studying Did Not Finish After Prom Party. Knowledge is crucial. If you are not willing to be left behind, keep studying.

5. Members Of Your Family Are The Most Important People In Your Life. They are the only ones who care about you. Treat them well and appreciate them respectively.

6. Your Weaknesses Do Not Matter. Learn to accept this. The only thing that matters is your strengths. Improve them.

7. Everything Worth Doing Take Years. Do not expect to attain your goals too fast. Probably it will take much longer than you imagine.

8. All The Opportunities For Growth Are Beyond Your Comfort Zone. Develop a habit to leave it. Find your discomfort zone. Enter it.

9. Broken Relationships Are Not Worth Staying In. Do not waste your time on things you cannot fix anymore. Let them go and move ahead.

10 World Is Full Of Injustice. There are plenty of unjust things you are likely to face within your life. Be ready!

11. Luck Comes To Those Who Work Hard. Good things do not come to those who wait. Persistence and hard work are the only prerequisites for luck.

12. There Is No Perfect Moment To Start. If you want to start doing something, act now. Do not wait for better moment. It will never come.

13. You Cannot Be Everywhere And Have Everything. Learn to make right choices and commit to things that matter most.

14. Every Person In Your Life Should Be Appreciated. Do not take people for granted.

15. Experience And Emotions Are Your Best Investments. The traditional measures of success — fancy cars and houses —  are no longer  relevant. Emotions, memories, experience, knowledge. This is what matters.

16. Later Often Means Never. Do not postpone anything. Live now!

17. Success Equals Perseverance. Do not give up. Stay dedicated to your dreams. Chasing them is difficult. Nonetheless, it is worth the struggle.

18. Regular Workouts Are Crucial. Take care of your health and body. Exercise regularly and make sure you are in a good shape.

19. Your Failures Do Not Matter. Only wins count. Therefore do not be afraid to fail.

20Nobody Will Help You. You gotta help yourself.

21 Nobody owes you a damned thing in life. The sooner you get this, the sooner you can take responsibility for improving your life.

22. You are solely responsible for yourself, your actions, speech and thoughts. Not your parents, not your friends, not your spouse or children. YOU.

23.Hell is other people – if you hang around people that are always negative, don’t want the best for you and otherwise hold you back from achieving your potential. Get rid of those people ASAP.

24. Sausage in, sausage out. Be super careful about what food you put in your mouth, what music you listen to, what books you read, what movies you watch, etc. If you consume bad food or garbage content regularly, you will become garbage yourself.

25. You are not a special butterfly. Every single person puts their pants on, one leg at a time, yourself included. Every person struggles from time to time. Every person wants to cry out.

26. There are no magic life hacks to become successful overnight. You have to hustle constantly, sell yourself to everyone you meet, tell a good story and always know how to get your point across to every audience you encounter.

27. There is always someone smarter, more motivated, harder-working, prettier, richer, more precocious than you. The worst thing you can do is to compare yourself to other people. Compare yourself instead to your own potential and you’ll be on the right road.

28. You will not know nearly the full extent of your potential until you are challenged to your core, repeatedly, and live up to your promise, time and time again. Resilience is key, along with imagination, creativity and a glass always half full (even when it looks empty). Seek out the challenges first before they seek you out to drag you through hell.

29. Good intentions lead to one place and one place only, when unaccompanied by actions. Be a man or woman of your word and you will gain instant value in the eyes of others.

30. Mastering a skill, job or career takes a lot longer than just becoming conversant, but often a lot sooner than 10,000 hours. It takes patience, dedication, the motivation to always be the best, especially when you’re surrounded by other brilliant, motivated people that have been doing what you want to be doing for years.

31. People in business will help you (almost always) only after you help them first. Don’t ask for something from a person before offering him or her some concrete value first.

32. It certainly helps to be good-looking and well-connected. But if you’re neither, being well-spoken, motivated and passionate might just take you further in life than looks and connections.

33. Life is inherently unfair (see #7 above). Your job is to find and exploit your own unfair advantage in this world better and faster than the others. Don’t bitch and moan. Be resilient and focus on the results above all. You’ll be surprised how far you’ll get.

34. You need more work as a human being than you can imagine – and are a better person than others would have you think. Marriage will quickly set you straight about any delusions on this subject.

35. Your parents did a great job raising you – and still messed you up completely. Everyone’s broken to some degree. A good therapist can help you put the pieces back in the right order.

36. The things you learned in school aren’t worth sh*t without life skills to go alongside. It’s true what they say – universities don’t teach critical life skills like financial planning and management, negotiation, how to read and interpret a contract, how to read another person, etc. Without these, all the fancy degrees in the world are for naught – especially in business.

37. Oftentimes, the harshest events in life (breaking up, getting fired, going broke) can be the best stimuli for you to finally get your life in order. Don’t let things get to that point before acting! But if you do, focus on solutions, not on the past.

38. Attention span is at its shortest in human history. GET TO THE POINT! The one thing busy people can’t stand most is RAMBLING. Make your point and move on (and let me move on, too).

39. You are lucky to have even one true friend in (real, not virtual) life. Don’t blow it! Cultivate your friendship regularly and buy your friend a gift, once in a while.

40. iAll the material goods in the world will never make you feel rich and satisfied. Only EXPERIENCES can do that, including breaking up, getting fired, going broke, traveling abroad, making new friends, learning new languages, getting out of your comfort zones, taking internships in different industries, starting a business, changing careers, and so on.

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