Being a 20 Something is an exciting, uncertain, and growth-oriented time. Although my twenties are well past, I remember them well. I thought I could accomplish so much in less than ten years. No different, really, for Millennials today. Age-related time supersedes generational time in some ways.
20-Somethings: 101 Secrets
After reading 101 Secrets for Your Twenties by Paul Angone, I found it refreshing and relevant. It is geared to 20-Somethings yet it contains solid reminders for anyone at any age.
Balance is discussed a lot. 101 Secrets takes balance to a better place. Paul strikes a balance between being grounded while gaining ground in life, career, and family. In our twenties, it is very easy to get out of balance, getting caught up with shiny objects or quick hits of success. The twenties set the foundation for the following 20 years, so it is vital to get it as right as you can.
Paul delivers key insights in short bursts, which add up to 101 secrets to navigating your twenties with some sanity and happiness – in the short run and long haul.
Some Secrets Exposed
Highlighted below are just a few points that popped for me, along with a reinforcing quote from Paul:
- Don’t stand in mediocrity. Add your color. “The possibility for greatness and embarrassment both exist in the same space. If you’re not willing to be embarrassed, you’re probably not willing to be great.”
- Don’t compare yourself. Write your own story. “Don’t cram YOUR PLOTLINE into someone else’s story.”
- Faith isn’t always pristine. Faith is real. “Faith is walking as you are. It is being stripped down to your own bare essentials and simply saying here I am.”
- Insecurities won’t disappear. Work through them. “Insecurities don’t just disappear with age. No – they become more pronounced and ingrained. We must actively face those insecurities and work at removing the root, or the weeds will just keep growing back.”
- Don’t sulk in frustration. Figure it out. “Sit there. Take a breath. And allow yourself to be frustrated. Then figure out what the frustration is saying. Listen to its voice.”
These points deliver some of the insightful punches from Paul. And that is one of the keys to the book. It isn’t preachy. Points are made and then give you room to think (and laugh a little).
As mentioned earlier, the book gives you balance – keeping you grounded while gaining ground. It may be your friend when you feel all alone, and it may be your conscience when you are surrounded by ego. In your twenties, it is essential to strike this balance. Paul delivers a delightful, poignant perspective all the way through.
Embrace Your Twenties…. Always
Choose your decade, and 101 Secrets will strike a chord. At well over 20, I took some of the points to heart. For my sons who are moving closer to their twenties, this will be a book I plan to pass on.
No matter your age, hold onto the spirit of your twenties while not getting stuck or caught up in them.
What key lessons are you learning in your twenties? What insights have you gained from your twenties?
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