How To Become The Best Version Of Yourself In Your Twenties

Because life is too short… and because the worst thing you can do in your 20s is waste your youth like this.

What people are doing is putting down their own best selves so they can get past their twenties. It will kill them. It will kill your potential. In your twenties you should not be afraid of failure, and when you fail, if you fall, then your best self will rise to the occasion and win. The key is to recognize that failure is just how it is: your failures will help you learn. They may also help you discover what your greatest strength and greatest weakness may be. It all comes with time. The important thing is to learn from your failures, and work hard and hard to stay on top of success. Then after 20 years they’ll be looking back and saying, “Yeah right, I was an idiot.”

The same holds true for being a teacher. You’ll never have the exact knowledge in your head and you know that no amount of studying will ever completely prepare you. The hardest part about teaching is letting go of your pride. People like you that aren’t afraid to try new things are rare. Then you can move on to your next goal. And the next. And the next. Your time will come, just like your 20s did. You just have to find the courage to do the difficult work and get started. We can’t all be great teachers but we all can be great people with awesome ideas.

[1] For those of you who don’t know, this term has a very literal meaning. It refers to the time when you have a lot of debt when you’re a teen and you’re making a lot of money but no one’s ever invited you to their home because they think you don’t know how to cook. We’re not saying that you should have every kind of car in the world, we’re just saying you’ll learn how to cook when your 20s comes around.

[2] It’s also very, very important that when you’re a teen your relationship with authority figures is extremely limited. It’s the time when people do dumb shit like call you names, tell you that you’re stupid and that no one could love you. The best thing to do is ignore those people. The only time you want to try to talk to an authority figure is after you’ve made the most embarrassing mistake you possibly could with that person. That’s the time that everyone will know you’re capable of learning something about yourself.

[3] For some of you this doesn’t mean it’s the time to go back to that shitty job you wanted desperately to get done. You don’t have to go back to the crappy job that caused your family to move a thousand miles away. Just remember that every time you’re going to get a job offer your entire world will change, whether you like it or not. Your self-esteem is worth a lot more than that.

[4] If you want to know why I never teach people to code, this is why. You’re a teen and you want to code? Ok. If you want to code, you’re 15 and you have some friends who want to watch you code? Then that’s cool. I’ll help guide you.

[5] I’m assuming I don’t have to tell you that there are very important things about the workplace that should be ignored during your time in it, because they’re just not part of your job description. That’s why there should be no “drinking hours,” and that’s why the “break hour” is a sham. You should be working from 9:00am to 5:00pm everyday. You absolutely should not be drinking and playing video games in the morning. Ever. Even if you’re working at a coworking space that wants you to drink, it’s not your role to tell them what to do. I’m not going to tell you not to drink at work.