Your twenties can be some of the best years of your life. You're finally an adult, and with that comes true freedom while still maintaining a resilient and youthful body and mind. While you certainly should enjoy the prime of your life, there's also an element of preparation and long-term game that one should keep in mind. In this video, we'll go over how to have a blast in your twenties, but also set yourself up to be successful long term.
You don't have to sign the prime of your life to become a doctor. It's not easy, but you can be a pre-med, medical student, resident physician, and ultimately a doctor while still enjoying the prime of your life.
Here are 7 tips to maximize your 20's:
1 | Efficiency 01:05
The key is to be highly deliberate with your time. Every few minutes, I ask myself if I'm spending my time wisely. If not, how can I change that?
2 | Take a Stance - Be True to Yourself 02:11
During adolescence, between the ages of 12-18, we enter the Erikson Stage of Identity vs Role Confusion. Erikson postulated that this is the time when individuals discover their adult selves and solidify their beliefs and values. I argue that this very much continues into most people's twenties. It's helpful to care what others think in many situations, but we often prioritize and overvalue their opinion even in cases where it shouldn't matter.
3 | Don't Enter a Career Because of Parental Pressure 04:31
You need to be going into medicine for the right reasons. Check out our previous video to learn what those reasons are. Going into medicine for the wrong reasons, such as parental pressure, will result in burn out, depression, and ultimately regret.
4 | Schedule Exercise 05:23
There are a multitude of benefits to regular exercise. You’ll obviously look better and be more attractive to the opposite sex, but you’ll also experience higher sustained energy levels, improved focus at school which translates to better grades, and improved mood, sense of wellbeing, and happiness.
5 | Enforce Healthy Dietary Habits 06:08
Your dietary habits are some of the hardest to change, and they will stick long term. It's easier to change while you're young, so invest the effort now in learning how to practice healthful eating. You'll be glad you did.
6 | Choose Your Friends Wisely 07:16
I'm sure you've heard this one before - you're the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. There are two lesson to learn here. First, choose your friends wisely. You may outgrow certain friendships, and that's totally ok. I've experience that myself and while it doesn't feel good in the moment, it's often for the best.
Second, prioritize relationships that matter to you. As you enter your twenties, everyone, including yourself, seems to become busier and busier. For that reason, it becomes even more crucial to put in the effort to reach out to others. Don't expect that they'll reach out to you - be proactive and cultivate life-long friendships that will bring tremendous value to you for years to come.
7 | Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone 08:04
Lastly, get outside of your comfort zone. Chances are you think you're already getting outside of your comfort zone, but you could take it so much further. For some people, that's traveling solo around the world. For others, it's quitting a safe and secure, high paying job to follow their dreams. To those that are afraid public speaking, join Toastmasters and overcome your fears. Even better, join an improv class and work your way up to standup comedy.
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