10 things I learned at 21


Being in your twenties is in an adventure all in itself, but with that comes a whole lot of responsibility. Here are the top 10 things to know when you hit 21.

#1. Having standards.

Upgrade your standards, change your life. The quality of your life is a reflection of the standards you have for yourself. Therefore, always make it a personal commitment to live life to the fullest be it financially, in relationships, and health wise. By setting standards for yourself, you choose to not put up with less than what you know you can do.

#2. You get back what you put out.

Karma is real folks! Choices matter, so do yourself a favor and makes the best ones. Whether it’s choosing to return a stolen wallet, or choosing to tell the truth, it’s good to just keep in mind that what goes around comes around.

#3. Save every penny.

Building healthy habits around your finances are important as you move forward. From knowing how to save regularly, controlling your spending, or budgeting, gaining control over your finances will play a huge part in you reaching your financial goal.

#4. Friends become less of a priority (but are still important)

Although we love our friends the time we spend with them can seesaw as we become occupied with work, school, and chasing our dreams. Maintaining a balance of friends and goals is not only important, but necessary.

#5. The possibilities are endless.

Knowing that there’s so much more to life outside of your current experiences is key to making it better. Start today by making a list of your skills, goals, and best qualities and begin planning and mapping out using your various skill sets! Remember there are so many different things you can achieve and become a part of today. The possibilities are endless!

#6. Health.

As you hit 21 and beyond you begin to realize how important your health really is. Whatever diet your is now will determine the status of your health (figure included) five to ten years down the road. With that in mind start today by committing to a healthier diet including a lap around the neighborhood. Devoting yourself to a healthier you will lead to less health risks and stretch marks down the road.

#7. Take that risk.

Start a business, join that fraternity, introduce yourself to that person, but whatever you do Take Risks! Although taking risks can lead to failure, rejection, or making a mistake they can also lead to better thing like getting that job, making a friend, or becoming a millionaire. Needless to say, if you live by the saying “The biggest risk is not taking one” you are on your way to achieving your dreams.

#8. Have a plan.

A failure to plan, is a plan to fail. Having a plan in life is fundamental if you want to be progressive. Planning is good not only for achieving a goal, but also great for those that have a tendency to go with the flow. By making plans you setting up goals for yourself as opposed to letting fate decide.

#9. Invest in Yourself.

There are so many ways you can start investing in yourself today. Read books, save your money, take a trip, go shopping etc. By investing in yourself you become more knowledgeable and prepared for the future, thus making a better you.

#10. Make time for fun.

Last but not least, always make time for fun. Even if it’s just thirty minutes of your day set some time aside for yourself to relax and smell the roses. Maybe you could even create for yourself a weekend getaway or devote one day a weekend to being a hermit. Whatever you decide, enjoy yourself knowing that self care is the best kind out there.

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