We have all looked back on our lives—for however brief a moment—and wondered what if I would have known better at the time? Well, here are the 15 best things you can do for yourself at 22 years old!
Have you ever had challenges when you go to a job interview and want to write a thank you note to the employer (afterward)? You wondered how and when to thank them. You wondered what to say and what medium to use (handwritten note, email).
Any time you’ve made a poor decision, at least one of two things was wrong. You either had a faulty decision-making process or you didn’t have accurate or complete information. Anytime you’re asking questions (in a job interview or questioning someone as it relates to business), you can prepare yourself by first asking three questions: 1) What do I want to know and why is it important to me? 2) How will I ask it? 3) How and when will I use the information?
Have you ever wondered how to unlock your true potential? Most people focus on igniting the wrong things. What if you knew how to enhance the three keys—that already exist within you—to reach the level of happiness and success you want?
As I paid homage to our veterans on this Memorial Day, I started thinking about all they sacrificed to help ensure our world’s safety. This led to more thinking about our humanity, which led to more thinking. It seems to me no matter your age, we all appear to be part of a worldwide midlife crisis. Everyday, I study the behavior of individuals and companies, and it's a bit head scratching at what we—as a society—have become. Of course, it won’t surprise most; we've collectively dragged each other well below mediocrity in most aspects related to quality, service, and respect. I can't help but think a temporarily cheated destiny won't let us get away scot-free with this sustained behavior.
It is mind boggling to me people still stumble when it comes to being effective in their work and life. I say this because the ten most valuable life skills are actually choices. I couldn’t care less what God-given talents you have (or lack). It makes no difference how skilled or educated you are. (It really doesn’t and please don’t make me go get my statistics about performance and billionaires.) When it comes right down to it, most of what makes you successful in life are your choices. Your choices will always trump your circumstances.
Have you ever felt the other party didn’t understand you? Have you ever been frustrated when you couldn’t convince someone of your brilliant idea? If so, you’ll be glad to know I’ve learned the hard way there are 7 essentials to make sure they never miss your point.
One daily exercise I’ve practiced religiously is visualization. Five minutes of this every day will improve your life dramatically. But, you need to know what to visual and how. Imagine yourself at your “destination.” What’s it like? How does it feel? How does it sound? What will this end-state allow you to do?
I’ve heard singers and songwriters share stories regarding how they produce their best songs when they channel their pain. Well, I can’t carry a tune to save my life, but I can write. I thought why not just go with that? What are some of the greatest, most painful mistakes I’ve ever made? Here are a few of my self-inflicted doozies—the ones you simply can’t simulate from someone else’s translation. Feel free to hurry up and make them. The sooner you do, the more time you’ll have to enjoy life!
Writing several articles for recent college graduates and young professionals over the past few years has caused me to reflect on how I would have lived my life differently had someone provided me three decades worth of experience on day one of my first full-time job. I hope The Ultimate 22-Year-Old's Survival Guide for Work & Life will help the many young professionals get started down the right path!