More Wisdom From 30-Somethings To 20-Somethings

November 29, 2017

More Wisdom From 30-Somethings To 20-Somethings

The second question I asked my former 20-Something clients (now in their 30’s), uncovered some wisdom about values and priorities. The question was, “What do you define as success now, vs when you were in your early 20’s?” Here are their answers:

  1. “When I was 20 I was focused on getting a job; now I am much more focused on building a career that I can be proud of but that will also afford me independence, a good quality of life and personal reward. I didn’t think money was important back then. I was idealistic. Now I know it is!”
  2. “I would define success now as being in my dream job, making connections with my colleagues, and having a good work/life balance. I focus on standing up for myself and prioritizing my health and sanity above everything else. Working optimally so that I can cut corners where appropriate and maximize my time in the office and out of it.”
  3. “Now I see success as happiness, a challenge, purpose, and (sadly) as the steady erosion of my student loan debt. I enjoy coming to work everyday, which is key. In my twenties it was more about adventure. How I can try new things or travel to new places or whatever. I now care more about money because I owe so much in student loans.”
  4. “Not only having a job, but having a job that you can call a career. A career that you can grow and move up in and one where you can make a decent living.”



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