When people in their 30s, 40s, and older look back on their life, what are some common regrets they have?", "What myths do we commonly realize are false in our 20s?" and "How should a 22-year-old invest his/her money?
1. They think education and talent are enough to become successful.
High intelligence, natural talent, and degrees from elite universities are all good things to have, but they in no way guarantee that you will land a great job - and mean nothing when not paired with hard work.
How you work with others and carry yourself can also turn out to be much more important in advancing your career. "Having social skills, navigating politics, knowing who to ask for what, and being able to see the big picture are invaluable no matter what you do"
2. They don't start saving money.
A new survey of 1,003 people from Bankrate found that 69% of those ages 18-29 had no retirement savings at all. Your retirement may seem far off, but you're doing yourself a massive disservice if you don't recognize the importance of saving as soon as possible.
3. They equate happiness with money.
Prestige and a fat paycheck can certainly make you happier, but there's plenty more to success than that.
You're setting yourself up for years of regret if you pursue a paycheck rather than your passion.
4. They neglect their health.
As you get older, you'll learn pretty quickly you can't party like you did in college. "Your hangovers will be so bad at 28 that the idea of staying out drinking all night will be a hilarious idea to you". And the more years out of school you get, the more excessive drinking, smoking, and even an unhealthy diet go from acceptable behavior to dangerous habits.
5. They give up when things get tough.
Ending a serious relationship, getting fired from a job, and having your startup crash and burn can all seem life-destroying when they happen to you for the first time. But rather than giving up or aiming for a lower target the next time, you should use failures as opportunities to learn and improve yourself.
"Getting fired and waking up the next day as usual made me realize that failure isn't the end of the world. Getting dumped taught me the difference between a good and a bad relationship, something I already knew inside but refused to accept until the bad relationship was over"