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9 skills you should master before you are 30

Your 20s are a time of discovery. You find out who you are, what you want and how to get it.

The habits that you acquire during this time are very likely to stay with you and form the basis of your adult life.

We looked at advice from entrepreneurs, academics and other successful people and found some recurring topics. We have put together for you the habits that everyone should master early on in order to prepare for a life full of success.

Learn from every mistake

“Listening is like programming a computer,” writes author and investor James Altucher. “You take in things, you process them, you spit out life again. Learning is different. It destroys your life. "

Whatever your financial, intellectual, and moral circumstances, you will make terrible mistakes and face unexpected and unfair challenges. This aspect is for the most part not under your control, but you are always in control of your perception.

“Just relax,” says Altucher. “These things will happen. Enjoy it. You cannot prevent it. They are opportunities that you can learn from. That is your only goal. "

Take moderate risks

"Without a family to support and no other people to depend on, your 20s are definitely the years to take the plunge and pursue your dreams," says Jessie Goldenberg, who has had a promising media career just out of college gave up to start her own business, the successful mobile fashion boutique Nomad.

Of course, the constant taking of risks that border on recklessness is just as bad, or even worse, than the habit of suppressing ambition. Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Week, recommends a light exercise to weigh the risks:

1. Fold a piece of paper into three columns.

2. In the first column you write down all the things that can go wrong if your attempt fails. Imagine the most terrible things that are possible.

3. In the second column, look for ways you can reduce the likelihood of any of these bad consequences happening.

4. In the third column you think about how you can recover from all the scenarios that you thought up in the first column.

Never stop learning

"Shark Tank" investor (English version of "The Lions Den) and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban became a billionaire in the tech industry, although he never officially studied computer science. That's why he says the best lesson he learned in his 20s was, "With time and effort, I could learn every new technology that was released."

This is not a boast, but rather a message that you need to get into the habit of investing time and effort learning things that will give you an advantage if you are to have a successful and enriching career.

Cuban explains that university is the time when you pay to study, but “now that you've graduated, you get the chance to get paid to study. What if you're not a fresh graduate?The same is true here too. It's time to get paid to study.

Connect with people who make you better

Tech entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha has worked closely with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman for years, and he writes that the best lesson he has ever learned from Hoffman is "that you are the average of the five people you are with spends most of the time. You are really like the company with which you surround yourself. "

There is no reason to keep toxic or purely professional relationships alive purely out of loyalty.

"If you really want to reach your highest potential, you must always surround yourself with people who challenge you, who are strong when you are weak, and who work as hard or even harder than you," says Beth Doane, founder of Raintees.

Builds meaningful professional relationships

You shouldn't get into the habit of going to so-called "networking events" and blindly collecting and distributing business cards in the hope that someone will contact you and help you out.

Always take the opportunity to meet someone who is interesting, talented and prioritize personality over perceived benefit, says Jon Levy, founder of Influencers. “It is the diversity that you add to your network that really helps you. The reason is that every time you meet someone in your industry, you are not going to expand your network very much because you probably know the same people, ”he says.

He recommends taking the advice of Adam Grant, a professor at Wharton Business School. Grant told Business Insider, “When you are a giver, you build quality relationships and with those relationships you are exposed to many opportunities in the long run. You even increase your happiness as much as you do things for other people. "

Save and invest in the future

It is essential to develop healthy habits when it comes to your finances, and the sooner you do it, the better.

Consider putting part of your salary in an emergency fund, a stash of money that you will never touch unless you really need it. A good goal to work towards is to save about as much as you make in three months, explains financial planner Jonathan Meaney.

And, as Business Insider points out, you should start taking advantage of compound interest and consider investing in a cheap index fund.

Take care of your health

A common theme among Quora users is wishing they had shed bad eating and drinking habits when they were young and developed a healthy fitness plan before the physical limitations of aging set in.

"Your hangovers will be so bad at 28 that the idea of ​​going out all night and drinking will seem ridiculous to you," writes Meggie Sutherland Cutter on Quora. Every now and then, opt for an hour in the gym instead of happy hour.

Love what you do

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs delivered one of the most memorable graduation speeches ever on the podium at Stanford University in 2005, a year after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

"Reminding myself that I will soon be dead is the most valuable tool I have ever come across that helps me make the big decisions in life," he said.

Jobs said that with that mindset you would understand the importance of your work. "And the only way you can do a great job is to love what you do," he said. “If you haven't found this yet, keep looking. Do not settle down. As with all matters of the heart, you will notice when you find it. "

To settle down means to be content with someone else's idea of ​​what your life should be like, or to give in to pressure to put salary above everything else. “Don't let the sounds of other people's opinions block out your own inner voice. Most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, ”said Jobs.

Don't let your work take over your private life

While you strive to make something of your life in your 20s, you shouldn't make a habit of ignoring your private life.

“If I could go back in time, I would introduce a quote from the writer Brian Andreas to my 22 year old self: 'Everything changed the day she found out that she had just enough time for the important things in her life '”Writes Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington on LinkedIn.

Huffington says that advice saved her from the "constantly troubled, stressed existence I've had for so long."

Learn when to take a step back from everything and appreciate what you have already achieved. And if you are obsessed with your work, understand that if you allow yourself to enjoy life, you will become more productive.

Translated by Stefanie Kemmner