I am about to turn 24. I am currently in the process of reinventing
myself by reading a lot of books and blogs.I have read a lot of answers
on Life Advice and I wanted to consolidate the most mentioned advices in
a single answer. I have just started to incorporate these principles in
my life and I am already witnessing the benefits.
Reading a good book helps you a lot. It teaches you something in a few
days which an expert has figured out in years. Reading opens up your
mind to new dimensions. It enhances your creativity and gives you an
entirely different perspective on various issues. It expands your
vocabulary and ability to understand complex topics.
Try to finish at least one book in a month. Take advantage of the speed
reading techniques. Read anything you find interesting. It can be
fiction, non fiction, blog posts, news supplements or Quora answers.
I recently went on a trek to Himalayas with my friends. The experience I
had on that trek changed my entire perception about life. Exploring new
places is the best way to learn about the world. When you connect with
people of different culture and understand their values, your views
about the world change.
I know you have heard the “Travel when you are young” advice multiple
times. You have made a lot of travel plans in your dreams and are
waiting for the perfect day to come. But that day never comes. Your
responsibilities keep on increasing and your enthusiasm keeps on
diminishing as you grow older. Don’t invest your time and money on
things, invest them in experiences.
In this age of MOOC’s it has become so much easier to learn about
anything. We are lucky to live in a age where knowledge is available at
our fingerprints. We must make most of this opportunity and keep
learning something new each day.
Learn about different topics not particularly related to your own field.
That will broaden your mind. I am a Software Engineer but
the Coursera courses I enjoyed the most were in finance and psychology
.Once you stop learning, you start to stagnate.
Networking is very important to succeed in your personal as well as
professional life. The more likable you are in a group, the more are
your chances to influence the people.
Do not limit yourself to a particular group of friends. Network like
crazy with interesting and reputed people. You never know – some of
these people may provide jumps in your career that you would not have
Nothing is more satisfying in life than looking at your imaginations
come to life. Creativity is essential not only for success but also for
inner satisfaction. Some of the happiest moments in my life have been
when I have created something out of nothing.
Make yourself an idea machine. Think of two to three ideas each day and
note them down in a diary. Some of these ideas may give your life a
direction which you would not have imagined otherwise.
You can be the most successful person on the earth. But if there is no
one to share your happiness, you can never be happy. All of us have
some life experiences or learnings that can help others. But most of us
limit those experiences to ourselves.
Think about all the people who are well known in an industry. Are they
only experts of a particular field? Are they the most talented people?
Sometimes but most often it is not true. These are the people who keep
their work in front of others. They are not afraid to share their
knowledge and learnings with others. They are very vocal about their
ideas and opinions. They are all around us writing great blog posts and
amazing books. You can continue to do great work in you jobs but unless
you share that knowledge you will never be known.
- Stay Healthy
Your health must be your first priority in life. Do not ignore it as it
will come to bite you in the future. Take proper sleep. Do not keep
sitting the whole day. Pick up a sport you love and play it daily.
Exercise and meditate everyday.
Junk food will slowly kill you heart. So stay away from fast food
joints. Do not give in to bad habits like smoking or drinking. This is
the best time to keep yourself in shape without much effort. As you grow
older it will become increasingly difficult.
8. Learn about money.
We are not taught anything about money or finance in our schools. That
can prove to be a big hindrance in your dreams to become rich. We are
taught in schools to get educated in a particular skill and use that
skill to get a good job. Once you have a good job you would not have to
care much about money. But that is not entirely true. Having a good job
never solves all your money problems. If you are not financially
educated you open yourself to a lot of liabilities like loans, credit
cards. These liabilities diminishes your savings and you begin to look
for promotions or raises.
You must read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad in which the author tells us
about how rich people make money work for themselves and how middle
class and poor people work for money their entire lives. You must
educate yourself well about money if you aim to become rich in life.
- Find a Mentor.
A lot of people believe that they can figure our everything in life on
their own. You can read books, watch inspiring movies or listen to
experts to figure out what is best for you in life. But all of these
alone wont help you to achieve everything. You will need a mentor who
can guide you at the crucial points in life. Your mentor should be
someone whom you respect a lot. He/She should preferably be
experienced in things in which you want to seek advice. You can have
more than one mentor as well. Whenever you face a tough decision in life
you can ask your mentor for advice as he might have faced the same
decision at some point in his life as well.
For example when I was in college I had a senior as mentor. He guided my
on what courses to take, what internships to apply for and many other
things. I don’t think I would have been able to achieve what I did in my
college without his help . I have also got a mentor now to help me
succeed in my corporate life. The advantages of having a mentor are that
you can use his/her experience to learn what things you should
incorporate in incorporate life to achieve success.
10. Stop Procrastinating
Most of the people in the world procrastinate from time to time.
Sometimes it is for small things like cleaning the house, buying
grocery, washing clothes etc. But most of the times it is for things
that are very important for life like going to the gym, completing the
exam preparation or paying your bills.
Procrastination is mainly due to overestimating your own abilities and
underestimating the time required to do a piece of work. Procrastination
can prove to be a major hindrance in our development as an individual.
We must stop this habit right now as it will hurt us a lot in the long