Why 30 is Not the New 20

This month’s recommended TED Talk is by Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist. When she first began her career as a psychotherapist, she encountered a 20-something client who consistently made self-sabotaging decisions and used the excuse that things would get serious when she was 30, and her 20’s were for experimentation.

Jay then realized that, though many people settle down a little later than people used to, it doesn’t mean your 20’s are all fun and games. Jay says “claiming your 20s is one of the simplest, yet most transformative, things you can do for work, for love, for your happiness, maybe even for the world.”

One of Jay’s tips for success in your 20’s is to forget about having an identity crisis and instead, get some identity capital. She says “do something that adds value to who you are.”

Find the rest of Jay’s advice in the full talk, here:

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) November 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

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