Here are the top 10 mistakes to avoid in your 20s.
10. Chasing Women
Never ever chase a woman. After all the fun and thrill of romance and crushes
during her high school years, by the time a woman is in her 20s, she has most likely
heard it all. Guys have this tendency of putting their best foot forward just to impress
a woman, especially if she is hot. You tend to embellish your accomplishments,
bloat your status and responsibilities and generally present a rock star genius of
yourself. It may be the natural thing for guys to do especially when confronted with
a woman who just shakes up your world in a positive way. However, it is wise to try
to avoid this tendency. Be natural and stay that way. Go up to the woman, introduce
yourself and have confidence in presenting the real you. If she likes you in the same
way and level as you like her, then things will progress naturally. Chances are that
the relationship will be deeper and more meaningful if you just let things fall into
its proper place. If you chase a woman, she may end up falling for the impressive
version of yourself. You know, the one that sends flowers or chocolates every week,
the one that treats her out to a fancy dinner every weekend, the one that buys her
the most expensive jewelries and accessories for every important occasion. And that
is not a good thing. It also brings us to the next point.
9. Buying a Woman’s Love
Buying a woman’s love is something that you must avoid in your 20s. This point
is connected to the previous one, as courting a woman with flowers, chocolates,
jewelries, luxury accessories and other similar items is tantamount to chasing her by
buying your way to her love. It is no different to an 85-year old billionaire drowning
a young woman in her 20s with expensive items in exchange for her affection. In
the end, you should really think if the woman fell in love with you or your gifts? And
do not even bother to justify by saying the things you give her are not really that
expensive. Taking her out to fancy dinners that cost a couple of hundred bucks in the
first date may soon become a dinner costing a thousand dollars in some Michelin-
rated restaurant. Those sweet little flowers might graduate one day to expensive
jewelries. Whether you admit it or not, it is buying a woman’s love.
8. Engaging in Materialism
Before you buy something and put it n your credit card, ask yourself if you really
need it. Are you buying the latest tablet computer just because everyone else has it?
Do you really need to have the latest iPhone when your existing smart phone is not
even a year old? There is no problem if you can really afford it right now, but there
are two basic rules of thumb that you should follow. The first one is that even if you
can afford to purchase an item, make sure that you are buying it because you need
and want it and not because it is the trendy thing to do. Satisfy your own pleasure
and not because you succumb to the pressure from your peers and the expectations
of society. The second rule of thumb is simply that if you cannot afford to pay for an
item in cash, then you do not need it. Otherwise, you will end up spending money
that you do not own. This brings us to the next mistake to avoid.
7. Amassing Personal Debt
Avoid at all cost amassing personal debt. It may be in the form of loans, mortgages
and credit card bills. Remember the second rule of thumb mentioned in the previous
point? If you cannot afford to pay for an item in cash, then you do not need it.
Otherwise, if you insist in paying for something through credit, you will end up living
your life paying for the past. And as practically everything depreciates, by the time
you finish paying your debt, the item you had bought may already be practically
worthless. Even real estate assets that were thought to be safe investments are not
safe anymore. It was one of the reasons why the economy fell into a recession.
6. Being Fanatical for a Group of People
People will always let you down. You spend a lot of time following and being
fanatical about someone, only for something to go wrong towards the end. It hurts,
it’s painful and it was such a waste of time. Examples abound, from the sports team
that always ends up short of the title to rock artists that sell out to leaders who break
their promises. The only one you should be fanatical about is yourself.
5. Failing to Finish Your Education
4. Being Lazy in Your Associations
Always take time to spend moments with the people you love. It will help keep you
grounded. Don’t make excuses because time will not wait. Otherwise, before you
know it, your friends may have gotten used being without you already.
3. Not Taking Care of Your Body
2. Not Being Open to New Paradigms
Do not close your mind to new ideas. Be open to new things and fresh ideas. Stay
open to new paradigms. Remember that you should never stop learning. The day
you stop being open to new ideas is the day you will stop growing as a person.
1. Wasting Time
Do not waste time. Don’t stay in a bad relationship. Don’t be fanatical about any one
person or group. Don’t chase women. Time is gold and should never be wasted.
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