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Unsolicited Advice To The Struggling 20-Something

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Unsolicited Advice To The Struggling 20-Something. My title makes me feel like a know-it-all pompous ass.

Who am I to give advice anyway?  It's not like I've got everything figured out by now. I may not be as wise as Master Oogway or Old Rafiki (See what I mean? Cartoon characters), but let's just say that I have survived the 20's life, and I've learned more than you have so far.  

So, listen up.

Unsolicited Advice To The Struggling 20-Something:

Fail fast, and fail often
Some Most lessons should be learned the hard way. Failure makes you hungry and desperate, so you strive for more.  Failure makes you wiser, so you make better decisions in the future.  Failure brings you to rock bottom and when you're down, there really is no other way but up.

Be deliberate
Be deliberate in choosing who you spend most of your time with. Don't discriminate. Everyone has goodness in them. But, choose who you hang out with more often. Like it or not, your friends' qualities rub off on you. Jim Rohn said, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with". That includes their income and their personalities. Choosing who you spend time with is the same as choosing the person you want to become.

Be kind and considerate
But don't forget to stand your ground. Try to be patient and considerate. Problem is, most people are abusive. If you let them, they will take advantage of your kindness and cross the line because they assume you will be considerate with them anyway. Sad, but most people are like parasites who feed on your goodness.

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