The time of your youth is one of the best experiences you can have in life. It’s not until that most people are older that they realize how precious that time was especially when they carry a lot of regrets. Young people make up the biggest number of the world’s population and are making a big difference in the process.
I remember recently at church learning that about 70% of the church members are the young people and I thought to myself, “Wow!” As a result more of us young people are being called upon to participate in many initiatives to drive the agenda of God’s Kingdom.
I do not know at what stage you are exactly right now in life whether you are a teen, in the twenties or even past your twenties but I do believe what I am going to share with you may resonate with your spirit. You may even share this post with young people that you know that will benefit from learning some valuable lessons.
I like how King Solomon, the wisest man ever, put it across in the book of Ecclesiastes,
“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.” ~ Ecclesiastes 12:1
The twenties are usually the time when you can have peak-life experiences and make life defining decisions. The twenties can also be the toughest if you don’t approach them in the right way and may affect you for the rest of your life. However, this is not to bring doom and gloom but to share some of the key lessons I picked up during this time.
Here we go:
1. Experiment as much as you can
Like I mentioned earlier the twenties are usually when you get to discover your strengths and/or weaknesses. Identifying them help shape the career path you choose and your contribution to the Kingdom of God and the community around you.
Think about the things that excite you and try them out. As John Maxwell says, sometimes you win and sometimes you learn (not lose). When I speak to more elderly people one of the common things they say is that they wish they had tried certain things when they were younger.
As a young person you can make mistakes and learn from them and it may not cost you much but when you are older some mistakes can cost you dearly. Take this advice and consider it.
2. Learn as much as you can
Learning does not necessarily mean sitting in a classroom and going through textbooks. There are so many ways to learn nowadays especially with the way the Internet has exploded over the last decade. Subscribe to YouTube channels of interest, take an online course, do an internship, attend seminars and networking events.
It is also easier to develop the habit of learning while you are younger than when you are older. This is so important because the world is constantly evolving and to remain relevant you need to keep up with its developments. You will also find that you have a preferred learning style as you do and that could be through reading, listening to audios, watching videos, or through images.
Whatever mode of learning appeals to you the most important thing is to keep learning and becoming better and better. Constant learning will lead you to realize your potential.
3. Build relationships
Equally as important as learning is building strategic relationships. Relationships should not just be restricted to business or career as what many of us do at times. Your most important relationship should be with God followed by family, then friends and the rest. On a show I co-host with a group of friends we spoke about this recently.
Relationship building should be intentional and not passive. So often the people you least expect to be of value to you may be the ones that have a solution to your problem or open doors of opportunity to you. The biggest learning point about relationships is that you cannot do life alone and expect to realize your potential. Relationships are not build in a day so it will take time but getting into the habit of building them will pay you dividends.
4. Develop a healthy lifestyle
The value of good health is not fully appreciated until it is lost. You may be very energetic and work excessively, have poor eating habits and don’t exercise but still get away with it. By all means work as much as you can but remember to stay in good shape by exercising, getting enough sleep and eating right.
It is not until you are older that you will see the negative effects of not taking good care of your body. In fact, the only way you will realize your potential is if you are in good health. Be ambitious and pursue your dreams relentlessly while remembering that your body needs to be taken care of.
5. Develop a habit of saving
Whatever you earn be sure to save at least 10% of it for later in life. It does not matter if you earn peanuts or have a huge salary. To put it in perspective consider Joseph’s governance in Egypt. During the seven years of plenty he saved enough grain to see the nation through the seven years of drought.
Not having savings later in life can really hurt you but it’s not the end of the world. If you haven’t already start today to save up because it will really help you later in life when you have more responsibilities.
Being in the twenties is a lot of fun. Apply these lessons and share with other young people. Be sure to leave your comments below and share this post on social media. Take care.