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A Cheat Sheet For Winning At Life In Your 20s

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I’ve always had close friends who are significantly older than me. One awesome advantage to this is they generally treat me to lunch when we go out. (There is such a thing as a free lunch! In your face, Milton Friedman. Okay, obviously the lunch isn’t technically free but it’s free for me and that’s what counts.) Anyway, the other great advantage is I get a lot of tips and tidbits of good advice about how to enjoy my twenties and be independent and all that good stuff. Honestly, I feel like I’ve been in my twenties a really long time even though I’m not even at the half way point yet. But when you move across the world at seventeen by yourself, you grow up really fast. So, I’ve taken it upon myself to curate a cheat sheet for how to win at life. Of course, I am still…

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15 Things To Keep Doing In Your 20s

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1. Keep searching. At one point it will become evident that you will never have everything figured out. A key to strength, positivity, and staying interested in your life and others around you is a premise-level approach that you still have things to learn and that it’s worth your time to learn them. Keep placing value in discovery and curiosity. Keep taking opportunities to extend your intellect to places you hadn’t expected.

2. Keep changing your mind. There is something almost taboo about belief inconsistency. Politicians who flop on their beliefs are considered poor candidates for re-election. One feels like something of a failure when s/he’s forced to admit that they were wrong. But I think it’s better to continually refine your worldview rather than force your way through reality by ignoring everything that runs counter to how you view the world. Malleable beliefs keep you humble, open to learning…

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37 Ideas About Work To Live By, In Order Of Easiest To Hardest

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Humble suggestions from someone struggling in the field, a few inevitably obvious, parroted, and/or learned from reading popular books and articles. Every one of these (and their order) may not be relevant to your situation, but I think they’re worth considering.

Don’t discuss business at drinks until you’re having a good time.

Respond to emails as quickly as possible.

The word people love to hear the most is their name.

If you can’t figure something out, Google it before asking it.

Drawing attention to someone else’s shortcomings in no way improves your own value.

Get over yourself and get a ‘business card.’ Give it to people who make a good impression on you.

Follow up over email, the same day or next day. If they don’t respond, follow up one more time, a few days later. If there’s no response after a week or so, assume there’s no current opportunity…

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