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You don't want to reach age 50 and look back at more than 20 years working in a job that made you miserable. The stress related to working in a job you despise can actually lead to serious health problems including heart disease, diabetes and even an early death. Think what it is in life that makes you feel good and try to translate it into a career. If you can earn big money at it, that's just a bonus.
Do something just for the good of it
Find a charity or something else that contributes to the good of the world and get involved. Being part of something that's bigger than you should have you feeling really good.
Understand it's okay to not know everything
The world is a complicated place and many issues don't have simple answers. Understand that you will never know everything about everything. If you let go of the idea that you need to be right all the time you'll not only have more friends you'll be more open and ready to learn new things.
Appreciate what your parents have done for you
We guess your parents probably weren't perfect because, well, nobody is. But we're sure they did the best they could. Accept them for who they are and appreciate what they were able to do for you. You may not understand or appreciate all the choices they made for you but that doesn't matter. You’re making your own choices from now on.
Learn from your mistakes
You probably made mistakes when you were in your teens and even up to now. It's likely that your parents bailed you out when you dropped that iPhone on the concrete or got a speeding ticket. But once you hit 30 you're on your own. You will need to take sole responsibility for your actions. You should have at least learned from your past mistakes. That will keep you from making the same ones in the future.
Understand that you'll need to work for anything worth having
If things have come easy to you so far, be grateful. If you haven't yet learned this the harsh truth of life it’s that things worth having are worth working for – and sometimes it's hard work. Once you understand that life isn't going to give you anything on a silver platter you'll be a better person and better prepared to handle your life.
Save some money
When you had an allowance it didn't matter much how you spent your money. If you spent all of it before the end of the month all this meant is that you'd have to do without for a few days. Now that you're responsible for your finances it's important to think about the future. If you're not already paying back student loans you soon will be and you might even have a mortgage. So now is a great time to begin saving money to set yourself up for a better financial future.
If you find you have a hard time putting money away for the future, here’s a short video that could help.
Don't feel you absolutely have to settle down
There are some deadlines in life but settling down, getting married, buying a house and having kids aren't any of them. Travel now when you don't have a lot of responsibilities. When you’re in your middle to late 20s is a great time to explore and experience life before you do settle down.
Surround yourself with "good" people
When you are in your teens the important thing was probably to hang out with the cool or popular kids. That doesn't matter anymore. What's important now is surrounding yourself with people who accept who you are, make you feel good and help you become a better person.
Stop listening to those voices in your head
The older you get the more you'll feel pressure in terms of what to wear, what to drive and what your career should be. Don't fall prey to those voices of self-doubt. Understand that you’re good enough no matter what and be kind to yourself.