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20 Rules For Your 20’s

There are a lot of youngsters on this forum, and I thought to share a post here would be a good idea, would also like anyone into the next decades after if they would agree/disagree with this advice, it was posted on BHW a while ago, Just sharing a few things peoples inspired and changed their thinking, doing, or tasks.

  1. Minimize Debt: This is one of the biggest items on your to-do list. Debt is a vice around your wrists that is slowly cutting off your blood circulation, if you don’t release the pressure you’ll be dead before thirty… the Prime of your life. If you are able to spend money on assets that depreciate in value (cars, clothes, etc.) you better be debt free and saving large amounts of cash.

  2. Change Your Friends: We have given a quick blueprint to choosing friends, however, the biggest mistake is not upgrading your social circle as you move on. We know, you read the word upgrade and immediately thought the word is heartless. It is not. You need to surround yourself with like-minded individuals, even if you have known a childhood friend for 15 years if they begin using drugs for entertainment purposes and falling off of the grid you have to say goodbye. Your life is too short to spend catching falling knives.

  3. Learn to Help Others: This sounds contradictory to point number two, however it is paramount that you learn to help those that wish to improve. The key is their interest in improving, if you attempt to convince a man of self-improvement when he does not care, you’ll burn a bridge. Hyper-competitive and intelligent young men tend to develop a “put down” mentality where you compete at each other’s throats 24/7. Not only is this not sustainable, but it also is not healthy and does not help you in your career. Instead, pass along helpful information and you will find your friend count increasing.

  4. College Should Be Tough: Everyone else goes to college to drink and try to sleep with hundreds of women. (Bad guys & gals) These guys usually end up unemployed or making $40K a year at a soul-crushing job with no skill set to jump into another industry. Their entire life is now 100x more difficult to fix and you’ll be shocked at how difficult it is to come back when you’ve built no foundation. Build a foundation. You can have fun in your spare time.

  5. Get Internships: Even if you have a 4.0 GPA from a top university, no one will care if you have zero work experience. In addition to obtaining line items on your resume, you will realize that your network expands drastically. You’ll be in contact with people in their 30′s who are well outside of your current social circle of 20 somethings.

*Note internships was intentionally plural.

  1. Find Mentors in Their 30′s: By the time you are in your low twenties, you should have a handful of men to speak to regarding life decisions. Each man does not need to know every aspect of life, however the more the merrier. You’ll quickly realize that your peer group is older than you as soon as you receive your Diploma (MBA or Bachelors). This is a good thing. Generally speaking, older men make hiring decisions.

  2. Your Co-Workers Will Screw You: This is the most common miss. If you are in the same peer group, none of your co-workers are out for your best interests. If you party with your direct co-workers, as soon as layoff rumors begin making the rounds, be certain you’ll be thrown under the bus. See point number one for why they would be more than happy to see you fail.

  3. Read Books Daily: If you are not reading books outside of the classroom you are allowing the collegiate system to have more influence on your upbringing than it should. The topic of interest is less important than the act of reading. You can read about health, fashion, coal mining, animals, chemistry, art, and the list goes on. Reading is similar to investing as the payoff is far in the future, one day you’ll have a chance to make a connection with a higher up on an obscure topic and ideally you’ll have the ability to add to the conversation. Don’t forget that wealthy men and women are typically eccentric.

  4. Learn About Basic Fashion: Before we get comments about books beyond finance, you can simply start with learning about basic fashion. Learn what colors work for your skin tone, eye color and hair color. Once this is mastered find the right brands to accentuate all of your positive features and build a sustainable wardrobe. Better to learn and earn before you have some cash and see it burned.

  5. Exercise Five Days a Week: Unless you are forced to burn through 100+ hours a week for several weeks straight, you should find time to lift weights five days a week. No excuses. Your health is the only thing that will outweigh your aspirations for wealth. A man who has a healthy mind and body with a heavy wallet is free. There is nothing more valuable than complete freedom to do as you wish.

  6. Procrastination is Valueless: If you find yourself procrastinating on tasks it means that you have nothing to do with your free time. In an ideal situation, you are constantly moving and improving your life. You don’t have time to procrastinate because you’re too busy taking action. The day you find yourself sitting and staring at a computer screen for 2-3 hours in a row is the day you either walk outside to exercise or immediately buy a book online. This is the minimum.

  7. Ignore the Lazy: You will meet many people who suggest you simply relax and live in the moment. Avoid these men like the plague. You should live in the moment for a calculated risk not to simply feel good for a short period of time at the detriment of your future. Much like investing, 20 years from now they will have a hard time getting by while your life is already on cruise control because you’ve built an unbreakable foundation.

  8. Don’t Get Married: No matter what you do, do not tie the knot in your 20′s. If you’re doing some basic tasks in your 20’s like studying as you wished to get it that stage, wished to complete your dreams or any wish you have made to let it done if you have that enough resources, The truth is that many women/men in their twenties are most attracted to men in their low thirties. Run the math. Your future ex-wife is still in high school right now, so don’t fret over anyone within earshot for a long-term relationship. We recommend not getting married but if you decide to keep one, wait until your 30′s. If you’re not one of them who dreamed to become a businessman or whatever, Then you can get married after 20 at any time. it’s true many peoples have become successful even after marrying, so it depends on you that what resources you’re on to.

  9. Go International: By the time you’re in your mid 20′s you should have some international exposure that will wreck a lot of your current beliefs. By experiencing a new culture you’ll quickly see how many of your ideas are based on a US cultural phenomenon. You can do this with a single briefcase and you can do it alone. You’ll force your body into survival mode in an unknown city, your confidence level will grow by leaps and bounds.

  10. Face a Major Fear: Heights, snakes, fights, the major fear you have does not matter compared to your ability to tackle it. If you’re afraid of being beaten down in a street fight, you should get into a ring and take a few kicks and punches. You should jump out of a plane if you fear heights and you should even consider purchasing a snake. There is no substitute for repeated exposure to eliminate a major fear in your life.

  11. Turn Family Into Friends: For many, your family members are dragging you down and for others, they are positive in your life. The key is to separate your life decisions from their opinions – their opinions should have no weight on your emotions. At this point, you should not use your family as a safe haven in life. If you lose your job, if you want to move cities, if you want to take a risk, it is on your shoulders. Remove the safety net.

  12. Stop Complaining: Maybe you didn’t land that Bulge Bracket job, maybe you didn’t get ranked number one in your class, maybe you hurt your wrist and can’t lift for a month, no one cares. By the time you’re well into your 20′s your interest in complaining should be zero. Complaining gets you nowhere. All it does is increase your stress levels. When you are stressed out, no one wants to be your friend. If no one wants to be your friend, your contact list is not improving and if your contact list is not improving…. you’re dead.

  13. Wake Up Early: Unless you’ve obtained a job in investment banking where you’ll eat garbage for multiple years straight to earn your stripes, you should wake up early to get ahead of the rest. Read, go to the weight room, build a website, it does not matter. Your brain functions well in the morning, use your most productive time to invest in the most important person in the world. Yourself and your future.

  14. Earn a Voice: Many men will destroy their careers in a few short years by never earning a voice. When you are in your twenties there is not a single person who will care about your world view so it is best to remain quiet and diligently improve while waiting for an opportunity. Instead of dishing out advice, take advice and remain quiet. As soon as people begin asking you for your contributions you’re official of value. You have earned your keep in a specific niche.

  15. Fail: The last piece of the puzzle is the most obvious and the most undervalued. Fail as many times as possible in your twenties while you have the time to recover. We do not recommend dropping out of college as a failure or taking up a humanities major as a failure (this is simply financial suicide for most), instead, we recommend you fail at trying to create value. Try to create a mobile app. Try to learn how to code. Try to learn a foreign language in a year. Try everything.

Assuming you follow these rules, you’ll look back on your life when you hit thirty and know, not believe, you have done everything to make your life better. If anyone attempts to say you’ve worked too hard, write them off like whiny complainers who have to live with the knowledge that they could have been better. They could have improved, they sold themselves short. (credit blackhat/wallstreet, posted a while ago and now it’s updated here including furthermore.)

QUOTE By SaM: Don’t listen to any doctor/teacher who advises you wrong and earn easy money.
‘‘Patient’’ Doctor, my knees hurt when I wake up in the morning.
‘‘Doctor’’ Then wake up in the afternoon. it solves your issue.
It does make sense how easily he/she advised and charge you expenses.

Happy Learning & Enjoy! :blush:

Regards, SaM


Thanks alot! I really appreciate it.


Thank you Sam … Keep up good work with more inspirational topics like this.
Mainly for the < 20s.


Sam, for a guy in his early twenties, this is a life lesson summaries in few paragraphs. I am working hard on completing my Google certification in Mobile Web. Thanks man for this timely inspiration.




great article :blush:


Thanks sam you are really awesome


thank you @SaM


Thanks Sam, it was really inspiring to take charge of life and take it your way by working hard, being consistent and having faith in oneself.


Thank you sam. Its amazing to read.


Wiser words.Thanks for caring. We need more inspirational guides from you @SaM.


MY ADVICE - Print off Sams Rules and read it everyday for a quick read, it will change your actions.


Thanks man I’m charged :smiley:


good points


:thinking:Where is the rules for the +3.0?? hahah great advices Sam, for sure a best fase in our lifes to learn with less mistakes possible. For those who dont care about few rules when in 20’s, believe me… the 30’s will not get any easy and so on…
Great post! :nerd_face:


Good Rules


Thank you sam :sparkling_heart:


Its amazing to read.


thanks Sam…that’s true…!


bro just wanna say i was good in study,fast in learing,good at maths you know who destroyed me for two year ever day every minute her eyes dam the way she looks