I’m 30 years old, and there are several things that life has taught me that I want to share with you. Some of these things I’ve known since I was young, some of these things I have learned recently.
I believe these lessons will add to your life. Without further ado, here are the 5 lessons that life has taught me at 30 years of age.
5 Lessons Life Has Taught Me at 30:
1. Marry Well
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” –Mignon McLaughlin
In the movie “Shallow Hal,” Jack Black’s character “Hal” was cheated on by his girlfriend. Of course, he was very sad given this situation. His friend tried to comfort him by telling him, “You didn’t know she was bad.” To which Hal replied, “I knew she wasn’t good.”
It’s critical that you pursue relationships with individuals who are “good,” first. Don’t let your primary criteria be cuteness or coolness. You only want to get married once, so it’s critical that you marry the right person. Marry someone who you can fall in love with several times over, because they’re so good.
2. Take Care of Your Body
“I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.” –Zoolander
Life is “unfairly” biased towards people who “look good,” like it or not. So it’s important that you do all that is in your power to look your best. And by “doing all that is in your power” I mean dressing nicely, working out and eating right.
You will live longer, and you will live happier, if you take care of your body; you may even get promoted faster on your job. Research shows that people who take good care of their body are perceived to be better workers.
And if that’s not enough to motivate you, remember that your health is really your greatest wealth.
3. Save Your Money
“If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.” –Benjamin Franklin
While I believe in having nice things, I’m a greater believer in paying yourself first.
No one taught me to save when I was growing up, no one told me the importance of saving, fortunately I was able to learn the value of saving through reading great books like “The Millionaire Next Door.” I want to teach others what I was not taught when I was young, and that message is to save at least twenty percent of your income. If you are to be wealthy, you must not just earn a lot, you must save a lot.
4. Think Long-term
“…if you are a long-term thinker, then you are significantly more likely to achieve greater success in your life compared to those that aren’t.” – Jeff Nickles
In high school I was thinking about college, in college I was thinking about life after college. In my teens, I was thinking about 20’s, in my 20’s, I was thinking about my 30s. Now that I’m 30, I’m planning how my life will be in my 40’s. I’m designing my life and I’m making decisions today that will enable me to live the life I desire when I’m in my 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.
You have to think long-term, you have to see the “big picture.” If you plan your future properly, you will live into your plans.
5. Realize the Power of Focus
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” –Tony Robbins
Focus, focus, focus… Nothing is more critical than focus. If you fail in this lifetime, you will fail because of broken focus.
If you focus on the goals that are most important to you, to the exclusion of everything else, you will achieve them.
The problem is that there are so many distractions. What separates the winners from the losers is that the winners learn to focus on their goal. Winners decide to major on majors, and they even let important things slip, because they focus solely on achieving that which is critical to their goals.
Focus is the key to success, Tony Robbins said, “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.”
You have an enormous capacity to accomplish great things, the question is will you do it, will you focus, will you succeed.
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