I recently turned 30 years old and spent some time reflecting on how I used the last decade of my life. In this episode, I share the top lessons I’ve learned in my twenties. I hope it adds value to your life.
Episode #67: I’m 30 and Thriving (Part 1)
Links Talked about in this Podcast:
Personal Growth Podcast https://dougsmithlive.com/personal-growth-decision/
- Making the Most of Mentors Podcast
I’m 30 and Thriving: Making the Most of Your Twenties:
1.) Decide to Follow God
2 Corinthians 5:17 – 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Malachi 3:18 – 18 Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.
If we lose God in the world, then we lose access to meaning, purpose, responsibility, and accountability! – VOV
God can write a better story for your life than you can, but you have to let Him write it!
Practical: Get saved, get in a good church, start serving! You’ll be on your way!
2.) Learn that Life is Short
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” -Mae West
Psalm 90:12 – Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
First look, Last Look Principle: Everything and everyone I experience, I want to experience it like it’s the first time, and leave it like it will be the last time!
This is the only time in history when I get to fight for God. This is the only part of my eternal story when I am actually in the battle. -Bill Hybels
“People will summarize your life in one sentence, pick it now” John Maxwell
3.) Deal with Your Past
When you mess up: Admit it, Quit It, Forget It!
“Yesterday ended last night.” -Zig Ziglar
“Although you cannot go back and have a brand new start my friend, anyone cans tart from now and have a brand new end!” -John Maxwell
You may have done what they say you did, but that doesn’t mean that is who you say you are!
4.) Choose the Right Friends
“The difference between who you are now and who you’ll be in 5 years is the books you read and the people you associate with.” -Earl Nightingale
Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future!
“Friends love you the way you are, but true friends love you enough to not let you stay where you are.” -Justin Fraiser
5.) Develop a Plan for Personal Growth:
“If you’re gifted and talented, you’ll be in the top 50%, if you’re talented and do something, you’ll be in the top 10%, but if you’re gifted and do EVERYTHING, you’ll be in the top 1%!” -John Maxwell
‘Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself, when you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” -Jack Welch
6.) Get as many Mentors in your life as you can!
“You need mothering and fathering in order to reach maturity. It does not have to come from biological parents….and often doesn’t. Find it!” -Henry Cloud
7.) Dream Big and go for it!
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain
Don’t get jealous of other people, be inspired! IF they can do it, you can do it! – Success leaves tracks!
“Your playing small dos not serve the world, who are you not to be great?” –Mendela
God doesn’t give you dreams and ideas to screw with you!
Two kinds of people: People that go for it regardless of the opportunity and people that wait their whole lives for the perfect opportunity!
Jim Rohn once said, “The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.”
8) Be Faithful
Faithfulness – Be an all star where you’re at
Be Patient: The biggest enemy of small steps to big results is our craving for having it all now!
“Vision doesn’t mean you’ll see it soon. A call is not the same thing as developed. Your 20’s isn’t about fruit -John Nuzzo
Gerald Brooks, “So many people want to see if God can be trusted, when in reality, God is seeing if you can be trusted.”
If you want to be a hero, do what God wants you to do
9.) Recognize the Potential of Today
Today Matters – We over-exaggerate yesterday, we overestimate tomorrow, and we underestimate today!
Books: The Slight Edge – Success is a result of doing little things everyday that are easy to do and not easy to do.
I hope you enjoyed this first part of making the most of your twenties! Next month, you’ll hear part two in which you’ll hear more lessons I learned.
I’m curious, what lessons have you learned over the last decade of your life? Share them by commenting on this post. Do you agree with the lessons I have in part one? Disagree? What lessons would you add?
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