A Harvard study pointed out that “we’re motivated too often by a sense of guilt, fear, or regret. Experts who study behavior change agree that long-lasting change is most likely when it’s self-motivated and rooted in positive thinking.”
In other words, it’s really hard to change as you age.
Because of this, it is vital to start success habits early in life. If you begin these good habits now, you’ll be in great shape later on. I encourage you to think of your habits as compound interest.
Compound interest is a financial term that refers to interest on top of interest. When you make an investment at a specific interest rate, over time, the interest will compound on its own interest.
If you made a $1,000 deposit into a savings account with a 3% interest rate, you could earn another $600+ dollars within five years without depositing any more money. As the years go on, that same $1,000 can turn into well over $50,000. In this case, results really do build on results.
The lesson here?
If you build great habits when you’re young, you’ll set yourself up for success in the long-term.
In this article, I go over 20 habits you should build before the age of 25.
Let’s get to it.
1. Travel the World.
It’s important to see the world. Getting out of your regular routine and comfort zone can help broaden your perspective. Traveling can really help you understand and appreciate different people and cultures.
There are lots of online deals for those who want to travel inexpensively. Travel with groups of friends to keep costs low. Consider using sites like Airbnb for inexpensive lodging. The American dollar goes farther in a lot of third-world countries, so you may have more to spare than you realize.
As long as you plan your travel excursions in advance, you’ll be able to see the world on a dime!
2. Learn to Cook.
Everyone has to eat. As someone in their twenties, you need to know how to prepare meals and create magic in the kitchen. It may seem really cheap to buy fast food on the go, but those dollars quickly add up. If you’re dining out for two out of three meals a day, you’ll easily blow a ton of money that you’ll never see again. Instead, save your money and buy groceries for half the price.
Log on to YouTube and you’ll be able to find people who know how to make your favorite meals. Experiment and continue to perfect those dishes. Before long, you’ll be able to whip up a gourmet meal in no time. For educational and recreational enrichment, consider taking a cooking class over the weekend. Purchase a few interesting cookbooks and learn how to make a new dish every month. Your taste buds and wallet will thank you!