10 Life Tips I Wish I Knew in My 20s



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June 11, 2024

Your 20s are a time of exploration, growth, and self-discovery. Looking back, there are several lessons I wish I'd known during this transformative decade. 

From failure to success, I’ve learned a lot in many different areas of my life.

Being broke, getting laid off to pay off all my debt, and travelling to new countries. I’ve had my share of challenges and struggles, but I’ve also been able to overcome and persevere through difficult times.

Here are ten life tips that could have made my journey smoother and more fulfilling:

1. Embrace Change and Uncertainty

In your 20s, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the future. 

Whether about your career, relationships, or personal growth, understand that change is a natural part of life. Embrace it rather than resist it. 

Every change brings new opportunities and lessons.

2. Prioritize Self-Care

Self-care often takes a back seat in the hustle to build a career and maintain a social life.

However, neglecting your physical and mental health can lead to burnout. 

Make time for activities that rejuvenate you, whether exercising, reading, meditating, or simply relaxing.

3. Invest in Experiences Over Material Things

While spending money on the latest gadgets or fashion trends is tempting, experiences often provide more lasting happiness. 

This one is huge for me as I greatly value new experiences and travel to new places.

Travel, learn new skills, and immerse yourself in different cultures. These experiences enrich your life and shape your worldview.

4. Build and Nurture Meaningful Relationships

Your 20s are a great time to build a strong network of friends and professional connections. 

Surround yourself with people who inspire and support you. 

Nurture these relationships by staying in touch, showing appreciation, and being there for others.

Building relationships with others in my personal and professional life has helped me get jobs, earn more money, and be able to connect more amazing humans!

5. Learn to Manage Your Finances

Financial literacy is crucial for long-term stability. 

Start by creating a budget, saving regularly, and investing wisely. 

Avoid accumulating unnecessary debt, and educate yourself about financial planning. Your future self will thank you.

Check out my book Optimal Wealth, which will teach you!

6. Take Risks and Learn from Failures

My first massive risk was moving from Toronto, Ontario, 3300 kilometres West, to Vancouver, British Columbia, when I was 18.

Don’t be afraid to take risks, especially in your career. 

Whether starting a new business, switching fields, or pursuing further education, stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to significant growth.


Remember, failures are stepping stones to success. And risks are part of that. 

7. Develop a Growth Mindset

Adopt a mindset that embraces learning and improvement. Instead of seeing challenges as obstacles, view them as opportunities to grow. 

This mindset will help you navigate setbacks and strive for personal and professional development.

8. Practice Gratitude

It's easy to focus on what you don't have and forget to appreciate what you do. 

Cultivating gratitude can enhance your overall well-being. 

Keep a journal, reflect on positive moments, and express gratitude to those around you.

I like to think of 3 things I’m grateful for as soon as I wake up each day. Try it!

9. Balance Work and Life

While ambition is essential, balancing your professional and personal life is equally important. 

Make time for hobbies, relationships, and relaxation. A well-rounded life enhances productivity and happiness.

10. Seek Mentorship and Advice

You don’t have to navigate your 20s alone. Seek guidance from mentors who have walked the path before you. 

Their insights can provide valuable perspectives and help you make informed decisions.

Speaking of mentorship, check out our community for entrepreneurs Mentee!

If you’re an early-stage solopreneur or founder, we would love to have you apply. 


Your 20s are a foundational period that sets the stage for the rest of your life. 

By embracing these tips, you can navigate this decade with confidence and purpose. 

Remember, it's never too late to implement these lessons and make positive changes in your life.

And there is no perfect time to change, shift, or impact.

Now is your time.

Chris M Wilson

Chris Wilson is a keynote speaker, CTI coach, and entrepreneur. Through his Hover to Fly framework, he aims to impact the next generation in their careers and lives.

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