For Heaven’s Sake, Finish It Off In Your 20’sFebruary 24, 2013 9:04 am
There are many reasons both internal and external for why you should take risks when you are in your 20s rather than your 30s- we have listed down just one reason that is not discussed frequently, and it happens to be an internal factor.
Ambition and Passion Get The ‘Reality’ Flavor: This one is huge – you start applying the ‘does this sound feasible’ filter far more often in your 30s than in your 20s. This is the most dangerous of all the internal factors, since it takes aim at the core of it all – the ‘what’ of your work. Beware of this one. Do everything you can to avoid this.
There are other factors – energy and the ability to focus, for example. The number of things that you are exposed to in life, is like Big Mac’s total burgers sold number – it can only go up. So the more you know, the more things there are to compete for your mindspace. This is just a simple mathematical thing – your mind does not grow enough to hold all that it is asked to hold – resulting in serious issues around focus at work. But the most critical factor is arrival of the reality flavor.
Since we do not know when exactly the Reality flavor sets in, one might argue that the difference between 29 and 30 for example cannot be significant and hence use mathematical induction to prove that there exists no such number ‘n’ with a property before=’ignore reality’ and after=’consider reality’. It is a good argument on paper, but does not hold in practice. Act before the reality flavor arrives. We know it does not arrive when you are in your 20s.
‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’ is solid advice. But it is just smarter to try things when you are hungry and foolish – it takes a lot of effort to stay that way. So for heaven’s sake, just finish it off in your 20s. You are doing yourself a huge favor by doing that.