These ten years are crucial in determining your personal and financial future. What you do over these 120 months can either make or break you. To create a life of fulfillment, happiness, and success, start doing these 20 things today.
1) Teach someone something
It doesn't have to be something technical or complicated. It could be teaching someone how to ride a bike, solve a maths problem, or open a bank account. That feeling of making a difference in someone's life is an investment in yourself that will stay with you forever.
2) Become a master in something
The author Malcolm Gladwell claims you can master anything by dedicating 10,000 hours to it. It could be playing the guitar, or a sporting activity like soccer, road running, or surfing. It does not have to be an activity in your professional realm. This mastery proves your dedication and commitment. It shows you are someone who sets goals, is reliable, and has self-control.
3) Learn a foreign language
This gives you an international flavour. I lived in Mexico City for 18 years and mastered Spanish. More than half a billion people in the world speak Spanish - with this doubled the number of people from whom I can ask directions!
4) Save half your income
Get into the habit of saving money. Stop spending on unnecessary goods and services, Instead of being a net spender, transform yourself into a champion saver.
5) Invest in the stock market or crypto
Don't let your savings lie idly in a bank savings account where your return is below inflation. Make that money work for you through investing it, and watch it grow,
6) Get financially educated
Learn about investments, tax, accounting, budgeting, and insurance. Take control of your financial future. Ask other people for advice, gather information, and then make your own informed decisions. Do not get sucked into get-rich-quick schemes, and watch out for dishonest salespeople that are looking to scam you.
7) Exercise regularly
A healthy body in a healthy mind. Everyone knows that exercise is good for them, yet many choose to ignore this. Be disciplined. Don't let yourself get overweight - this makes you more prone to heart disease and diabetes. The fitter and healthier you are, the easier it will be for you to put your dent in the universe.
8) Eat healthily
Fast food is cheap and delicious, but it is full of empty calories that will clog up your arteries and slow you down. Cut down on sugar, eat lots of vegetables, and healthy proteins and carbs. Stay away from highly processed foods like bread and biscuits.
9) Drink lots of water
Water is at the center of your existence. Your body can survive for 25 days without food, but only 3 days without water. It is good for your brain, your skin, and your body, It flushes out toxins and prepares your body for hard work,
10) Protect yourself from the sun
Wear lots of sunscreen because the sun is dangerous, Not only can it kill you, but it also causes premature aging.
11) Learn how to cook
There are plenty of easy recipes on YouTube. Women love a man who knows his way around a kitchen. I bought the Jamie Oliver book "5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food". Every recipe has only 5 ingredients - it doesn't get simpler than that.
12) Take time to learn about yourself
Write your life story - divide it into three parts - your past, who you are today, and your plans for the future. In this third part, you need to work out your purpose and mission in life, and where you want to be in 5, 10, or 20.... years
13) Become a minimalist
Get rid of all the shit in your life that you never use. Decluttering is a very liberating process. Use this simple rule: if you have not used it in the past 6 months, and do not plan on using it in the next 6 months, either sell it or give it away.
14) Find a mentor/coach
Find someone prepared to invest time in your life. They will guide you and teach you, and provide wise counsel on important decisions.
15) Do not ignore your spirituality
Spirituality is the connection to something bigger than yourself, and it involves a search for meaning in life. This results in positive emotions, such as peace, awe, contentment, gratitude, and acceptance.
16) Sign up for a class you ordinarily would not go to
This doesn't need to be a paid class - you can find free courses on YouTube. You need to make sure that it is outside your normal interests, If you love business and finance, look for something in art, music, or psychology.
17) Make meaningful relationships
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Make sure these people have a positive and meaningful impact on your life, and at the very least do not break you down and make you feel like a loser.
18) Build your professional network
Networking will expose you to new ideas, raise your profile, advance your career and build your confidence.
Travelling makes you more interesting, exposes you to different cultures, takes you out of your comfort zone, and makes you appreciate home.
20) Love someone deeply, and get your heart broken
Alfred Lord Tennyson said, "'tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all". Life is not a fairytale. Getting your heart broken makes you stronger and more resilient to the challenges that life will throw at you.
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