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MOTIVATION PAUL HUDSON MAY 1, 10:01AM

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Our 20s are extremely important, formative years of our lives. It is primarily the time where we
transition into adulthood. All of the habits and things we achieve in this time period are sure to be
the foundation for the years to come. Many people use this time as an excuse to act reckless with
the idea that they can turn things around when they get older.
Although there are such things as second opportunities, you must understand that with the

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growing level of global competition, your chances for a second opportunity greatly decrease.
Instead of wasting your 20s being drunk and partying, it will be more beneficial for you to actually
start getting your life together.
Being 20 and young is no longer a valid excuse to do what you want. Life doesnt get any easier
and it is crucial that you use this time to position yourself in order to give yourself a competitive
advantage in the future.

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Our 30s can be very successful, or a complete failure, all depending on what we learn and how

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much effort we put in during our 20s. Here is a list of 20 accomplishments and lessons that we
ought to learn before we begin the fourth decade of our lives.

20. Let go of the past and look forward to the future.

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By the age of 29, there will be many things that you will accomplish and there will be things that
you failed at. You must learn to let go of your failures and learn from them. You must not think
about what you could have or should have done, but rather what you will do next. The 30s are the
new 20s, so get your shit together and make something of the next decade!

19. Accept that you are an adult.

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By the time that you reach 27 years of age there should be no doubt in your mind that you have
reached adulthood. This is the time to accept that you are an adult and that it is time to act like
one. This does not necessarily mean to tone down your crazy escapades, but it may. In your 20s

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you need to come to terms with being your own master and taking responsibility for your decisions
and your life.

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18. Learn to maintain and keep your environment organized.

Your personal home environment very much reflects who you are as a person, who you are inside.
If your surroundings are hectic, you are likely to feel inner tension. If your surroundings are neat
and peaceful, your mind most likely experiences the same peace. If you want to find and maintain
peace, then you must manifest your inner peace in your outer surroundings.

17. Learn to maintain your body.

Exercise is important. And so are all the grooming tasks that a person should learn to maintain
throughout the years. Looking tidy, organized and well trimmed becomes more and more
important the older you become. You may not feel the need to trim those nose hairs now, but you
will when you are 50. This goes for both men and women.

16. Learn to dress well.

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People judge you on how you look and how you dress. Wearing the right clothing for each
occasion will make whatever you wish to accomplish a bit easier in the very least it will only
work to your benefit and not against you as would dressing poorly or inappropriately. Women need
to learn how to wear dresses and walk in heels (walk, not waddle) and men should get comfortable
in a suit. No matter who you are, there will be at the very least several times that you will need to
dress to impress.

15. Start to accumulate a fortune.

I dont know about all of you, but I plan on being a billionaire. If you are to become a billionaire, you
will have to become a millionaire first. Hit that first million by 30 and your first billion by 40.

14. Learn to adapt.

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We must all embrace change the sooner the better. Change occurs constantly and unless we
learn to change along with it, we will get left behind. Sticking to the ways of the past finds you
living a life unfit for reality, but rather fit for a time that once was. The longer you wait to embrace
change, the more difficult it will be to change your ways and habits.

13. Outline your perfect partner.

Some believe that its best to leave love to chance or fate. I, on the other hand, believe that loving
is a decision and not some completely random, unexplainable concept. You may not be able to
find a woman that matches your dream woman 100%, but you should have a good idea of what
you do want in a partner and what you dont want as well as how important each characteristic
or lack of is to you.

12. Reestablish your connection with your family.

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Keeping on good terms with your family is important if possible, of course. I understand that not
everyone is allotted the luxury of good parents, but for those of us that were ought to try to keep in
touch as much as possible. Even if you were never much of a family person, as I wasnt, if you plan
on having a family of your own one day, youll want to be adding onto an already solid family tree.

11. Surround yourself with people that you would like to keep
around.

Having close friends are important. Building a trusting relationship with someone takes years, so
its best to get crackin. Do people make new friends in their 30s?

10. Find work that you love doing.

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The key is to do what you love and love what you do. If your work doesnt give meaning to your
life, which honor may very well be reserved for your friends and family, then it must at the very
least not make your life more unpleasant. The perfect job is out there for you. Figure out what that
is while your age still starts with the number 2. Once you hit 30, it will be more difficult to get hired
without any previous experience.

9. Get that body you always dreamed of.

Getting into shape gets harder the older you get. I know you planned on starting your diet
tomorrow, but before you know it youll be turning 70 tomorrow. Have you ever tried to get into
shape for the first time at 70? Me neither, but it must suck.

8. Learn to keep up to date with current events.

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There is a world outside you that goes beyond that which you see and do. There are other people
on this planet people that you share a common bond with. Knowing what the human race is
doing all the good and all the awful is an important part of understanding life. Knowing what
is going on overseas may help you better understand why you are experiencing what you yourself
are experiencing. If you havent learned to read a newspaper regularly cough cough,
Elitedaily.com then you should get used to doing so before you hit 30.

7. Learn to read regularly.

Learning is not just something that you do while in school. Human beings should never stop
learning. We were blessed with intellect superior to all other animals and we would be failing to live
up to our abilities were we to allow our minds to become stale and slow. We need to keep our
minds fit and perform mental exercises. One of the best ways is to read every day.

6. Clearly outline your life goals.

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Your 20s are a time to figure out which direction you wish your life to go. What goals do you wish
to accomplish and what steps will you take to get there? This the time to define what is most
important to you and to promise yourself that you will do all you can to attain all that you wish for.

5. Get out of debt.

Before you can save money or create wealth, you first must get yourself out of debt. Debt not only
grows as the years go by, it also gets heavier on your mind. The stress of having a debt hanging
over your head will give you is too much distraction from what is important.

4. Begin to put money in the bank and learn to leave it there.

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There are much more lucrative, albeit riskier ways of investing your money. Putting your money
into the bank, however, is a good practice to learn. It is always good to have a bit of funds on hand
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I am a strong believer that in order to date the right person, you first have to date the wrong
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committing. Dating can be pricy, so you may just want to skip the dinner and just sleep around a
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Living with mom and dad is free and living with roomies can be fun. But everyone ought to live on
their own for at least part of their life in order to better get to know themselves. If youre lucky, you
will fall in love and get married one day. Then the possibility of being alone becomes a distant
memory or a costly divorce.

1. Support yourself.

Finally leaving the nest and flying on your own can be difficult at first so I understand the
reluctance. Nevertheless, there is no reason to be nearing your 30s and still living off mom and
dads dime. If you cant support yourself financially, then you have not learned how to survive. You
must become a survivor.

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Justin Melgarejo

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"A list for douche bags..."


Hey, if knowing what I want for myself and trying to accomplish those things in my early adulthood makes
me a douchebag, by all means call me a douchebag.
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43 Like Follow Post May 4 at 1:33am


Ryan Ramirez

Top Commenter Manila, Philippines

nailed it
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Julianne Ross

4 Like May 5 at 11:53am


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"Women need to learn how to wear dresses and walk in heels (walk, not waddle)..." Thank you for
teaching me the secret to success. Who needs a college degree when you have stilettos!
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37 Like Follow Post May 9 at 12:52am


Ameliea Vlak Facultad de Ingeniera - UNAM
Totally agree with you
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Ester Park

2 Like May 15 at 1:30pm

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Society grows great when people plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in; therefore, I
hope that you never succumb to these ridiculous conformities but instead blaze a trail of your own
discovery. Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single

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discovery. Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single
mold to which all must conform to--its completely grotesque. Being a profiteering glutton, having a family
and shit isn't something people are divinely called to as the sole purpose of life.. its a society's opinion
thus the bias of a country's cancerous status quo.
We'll sculpt our bodies to like look greek gods and goddesses. Doing our best to meet expectations as if
achieving them will truly give us a lasting sense of meaning and importance.. We search for the love of
partners as an antidote for that silent, ghastly, miser... See More
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28 Like Follow Post May 16 at 12:18pm

Kyle Mooney Montreal, Quebec


What a helpful and insightful list! I'll be sure to forward it to all of my friends who were born rich!
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29 Like Follow Post May 8 at 7:10am

Perry Ileto Singapore, Singapore


A list for douche bags...
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28 Like Follow Post May 2 at 11:26pm


Kris Wan

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Indeed. I've seen grown Silicon Valley executives weep over how they wished they spent
more time growing with their children.
If someone follow this list, at age 30, he will only come to find out that a Jaeger-LeCoultre
and a Timex count the same fleeting seconds that lead to the fate all living things share.
So, chill out, don't be a sociopath, and cultivate the precious memories that no amount of
money can change: sneaking with your lover into some cheap drive-in theater, helping your
kid make his first pancake, and so on.
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RaLph C. Lopez

Top Commenter Harvard University

more of a list of what matured people do


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Katherina Oh

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What a sexist article.


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Paul Hudson

Top Commenter Works at Elite Daily

I apologize if you found this article to be sexist-that was definitely not my intention. It is
meant for both men and women.
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4 Like May 9 at 1:08am

Jaymal JC Gow Florida Southern College


????
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1 Like May 12 at 9:32am

Jaymal JC Gow Florida Southern College


I do not see the correlation....
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Jessica Lynn

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There are little tiny glimpses of maturity edging into this article, but for the most part it's pure shallow
garbage that sounds like an 18 year old writing about what they think it's going to be like when they're 30.
"Do people in their 30s make new friends?" Fuck yes they do. I'm still in my 20s but a fair share of my
friends are older than I and all the better at connecting with people because of their life experience. I
never want to stop making new friends.
"Otherwise you will always question whether or not you made the right decision by committing."
This is an extremely childish and fearful view on relationships.
"Dating can be pricy, so you may just want to skip the dinner and just sleep around a bit."
I'm not opposed to experimenting with different parters to find out what you enjoy and just soak up some
differing experiences, but there's SO MANY other ways you could get that across.
It's too bad you couldn't think through your justifications better. Some of them started off really well and
were just so shallow/poorly reasoned that you simply can't be taken seriously.
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Justin Grandfield

12/9/13 12:07 PM

Top Commenter Intern at Knob Noster State Park

I don't think all of the things on this list necessarily coincide. #15 and #10 especially. I'm planning on
being a historian, and that is not is a career where I plan on accumulating millions of dollars annually. I'll
be lucky to earn $1 million in a lifetime, let alone in a decade. While I do save for rainy days and keep my
savings account active, I can only afford to put in small CDs for generating some small profit. This article
seemingly gives the suggestion that 20-somethings are all headed for careers in business, so some of the
advice dispensed here seems useless to those that aren't. Not everyone needs a suit or heels. While they
can look nice, being comfortable at work is not a sin, as long as you are staying within your organization's
dress code. I'll admit some of the advice can be quite useful, but some of it seems custom-tailored to the
writer's personal life experiences and not cognizant of the life experiences of others.
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18 Like Follow Post May 9 at 2:59am


Brad Blackstone The Ohio State University
Goals differ, as do values. I agree with Justin: Get real.
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1 Like Edited July 18 at 4:45pm

Lindsay Strand South Saint Paul, Minnesota


I agree! Doing what you love does not always mean it will lead to money.
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Apple Cabrera
"Dating can be pricy, so you may just want to skip the dinner and just sleep around a bit."..I'm good,
thanks.
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Thank you all for reading my article. If you would like to keep up to date on my newest pieces, follow me
on Twitter: @MrPaulHudson.
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