Your twenties are one of the most crucial times in your life, and they can go to waste if you are not intentional about your growth and you don’t invest in yourself so that you reach your best potential, enjoy yourself, and set yourself up for success the rest of your life.
But how exactly do you make sure that while you are enjoying and making the most of your twenties, you are also setting yourself up for success in the long run? By investing yourself.
Investing in yourself during your twenties is one of the best things you can do to make sure you are setting a foundation for yourself that will set you up for success in every aspect of your life.
Here are my seven pieces of advice for investing in yourself while in your twenties:
1. Actively pursue growth
Being intentional about your growth is one of the best ways to invest in yourself in your twenties. Whether the growth is emotional, spiritual, financial, mental, or physical growth, you will reap the rewards in the long run.
Pursuing growth involves a lot of effort and intentionality to see results.
A great habit to develop when pursuing growth is reading books and listening to podcasts. I call this a growth shortcut or hack. Reading books like self-improvement books allows you to get the wisdom that took someone else years to acquire in a short period of time.
Other books you can read that will help you to grow are finance and entrepreneurship books. These allow you to develop your mindset around finances and business practices.
And if you are a person who struggles to read and finish books or you are just too busy, then you can also listen to podcasts or audiobooks. There are tons out there.
These are only two of many ways you can use to grow yourself as a person. Others include taking courses, going through life experience, or having mentors.
2. Build and maintain healthy financial habits
This is something a lot of people are ignorant about in their twenties and, as a result, end up in a cycle of living paycheck to paycheck.
Learning how to manage your finances and build healthy financial habits is just as important as making money.
Knowing how to keep money after you have made it and how to use it so that it grows and makes you more money is very important to have a healthy financial life.
This can easily spill into and affect other areas of your life, but when healthy financial habits are built and maintained, it can help you set yourself up for a successful rest of your life.
3. Create multiple streams of income
Another great way to invest in yourself in your twenties is to create multiple income streams for yourself. This is one sure way to set yourself up for success in the long run.
If you want to achieve financial independence and start building wealth at a young age, you need to create multiple income streams for yourself.
Instead of depending on just your salary, be creative and find other ways to make extra income to supplement the compensation you are getting from your job.
Some ways to create more income streams for yourself include; getting a second job, investing in stocks, starting a business, or side hustle. All these are ways you can start making extra cash to put aside for your future and the best time to start is now while you are still young.
Sometimes it will take a long time for you to establish some of the stability in your extra income streams, so starting now will help you reach your goals sooner and faster.
4. Be mentored
This is one of the best ways to invest in yourself in your twenties and definitely a growth hack to adapt if you want to go further and achieve more than the average person.
In your twenties, find mentors and be mentored by people with a proven record of success in the area you require mentorship.
Whether in your relationships, spiritual life, school, business, or career, find mentors from whom you can learn and whose lives you can take notes from.
With mentorship, find people who can be your accountability partners and can keep you accountable for the goals you set for yourself and the growth you want to achieve in your life.
Having mentors and accountability partners will help you go further and faster than other people your age and allow you to access knowledge and wisdom from wiser than you that would take years to acquire.
5. Date yourself
One of the best investments you can make in yourself is to get to know yourself. Learn who you are, what you like, what you don’t like, what you stand for, and what you believe in.
Before you invest in external relationships, take time to date yourself and get to know yourself. It’s the best thing you can for yourself in your 20’s.
Things you can do when dating yourself are meditation, having a self-care routine, traveling alone, working on your spiritual journey, and taking time doing things you love.
6. Travel and go on adventures
“Travel is the only thing you spend money on that will make you richer.”
I read this quote somewhere when I was looking for Instagram captions, and it couldn’t be more true. I spent money on many things that I’ve regretted later, but travel is not one of them.
One of the best things you can do to invest in yourself in your twenties is to travel and go on adventures seeing places you’ve never seen before.
Not only do you get to enjoy and realize what a space in the world you occupy, but you also grow and get the opportunity to be exposed to different cultures and ways of living.
You get to have stories and create memories that will last you a lifetime. It may seem to some like it’s just spending money, but it is one of those things that are priceless, but money can actually buy.
7. Be intentional about your spiritual growth
Last but definitely not least, be intentional about your spiritual growth. You owe it to yourself to explore who you are, what your purpose is, and most importantly, build a relationship with the One who created you.
It is your duty to pursue your purpose daily and find out who you are. However, you cannot fully know yourself unless you know the One who created you.
That is why it is important to be intentional about your spiritual growth while you are still young and build the foundation of your life on your faith and what you believe in. There’s no better time than now while you are still young.
The fact that you have read to this point means you are serious about your growth and want to invest in yourself so you can set yourself up for success.
There are many ways, but the keyword with each is intentionality. Make up your mind to be intentional about your growth, and although you may not see the results immediately, you will reap the reward of your investment in the long run.