Advice for Living Alone and for 20-somethings

Two great articles I’ve read lately…survival tips for living alone and things that 20-year-olds should know.

Check out the survival tips for yourself – they’re all pretty nifty.

But the best tips for 20-somethings, found via HackerNews:

The world is trying to keep you stupid. From bank fees to interest rates to miracle diets, people who are not educated are easier to get money from and easier to lead. Educate yourself as much as possible for wealth, independence, and happiness.

Do not have faith in institutions to educate you. By the time they build the curriculum, it’s likely that the system is outdated– sometimes utterly broken. You both learn and get respect from people worth getting it from by leading and doing, not by following.

Read as much as you can. Learn to speed read with high retention. Emerson Spartz taught me this while I was at a Summit Series event. If he reads 2-3 books a week, you can read one.

Instead of getting status through objects (which provide only temporary boosts), do it through experiences. In other words, a trip to Paris is a better choice than a new wardrobe. Studies show this also boosts happiness.

Sleep well. This and cooking will help with the six pack. If you think “I can sleep when I’m dead” or “I have too much to do to sleep,” I have news for you: you are INEFFICIENT, and sleep deprivation isn’t helping.

Get known for one thing. Spend like 5 years doing it instead of flopping around all over the place. If you want to shift afterwards, go ahead. Like I said, choose something.

Get a reminder app for everything. Do not trust your own brain for your memory. Do not trust it for what you “feel like” you should be doing. Trust only the reminder app. I use RE.minder and Action Method.

Don’t try to “fix” anyone. Instead, look for someone who isn’t broken.

I’m still working on a lot of these things personally, especially the learning to cook and the getting of the six-pack. But there’s still time for everyone to work on these things. :)

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2 thoughts on “Advice for Living Alone and for 20-somethings

  1. You forgot to mention….learn about finance and then establish yourself financially. Not many 20 year olds realize they can retire in less than years with a $35K job in place to start.

    As far as all your other points…..I totally agree!

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