I wouldn’t say my parents were the most perfect or imperfect pair. But all I know and understand is that they gave me the training and education they thought was best for me. Looking back now, I realized that some of the things my mom taught me, although essential, were unnecessary at my tender age of 17. And in the same vein, I really didn’t need some of my dad’s crazy ideas about the terrible nature of humans. Bloody humans, he would call them. All that just didn’t apply to me. At least not yet. My dad experienced a lot of turmoil and had to battle jealousy even from his best friends. While that was enough to change his mindset about people and the entire world, I wasn’t ripe for that kind of sentimental thinking pattern. Of course, he didn’t mean any harm – after all, he was just trying to look out for me. And he still tries to look out for me in whatever little way he can. Hey, wait a minute. I’m not saying that most of what my parents taught me was thrash. Neither am I trying to fit in the shoes of Socrates and act like a young sage. Far from it! All I’m trying to point out is that my parents were silent on some things they should have drummed into my subconscious mind. You know, stuff like financial freedom, mentorship, healthy relationships, and other talks like that – there’s quite a long list. Maybe they didn’t know these things, didn’t know how to tell me, or were just negligent about it. I bet on the former than the latter, though. Because the parents I have won’t hesitate to give you a piece of their mind. Laughs. Anyhoo, I’m in my thirties now and have learned a lot about life. I’ve learned from experience – both mine and that of others – as well as books. I wish my parents or parent figures had shared some of these teachings with me in my twenties. But that’s gone now, and at least I’ve learned them – and some, the hard way. You’re here either because you’re in your twenties or close to it (either slightly below or above). Or maybe you’re in your forties and you’re here because you feel like throwing a pity party. It doesn’t matter. You’re either already a parent, will soon be one, or you’re in dire need of advice from one. And that’s why I want to share with you the seven things I wished my parents taught me in my twenties.
- The Team You Work with Is More Important Than the Company You Work For
- Learn About Financial and Money Management Early; Your 30 Something-Year-Old Self Would Thank You for It
- Build Professional Relationships and Make Friends with Ambitious People
- Find A Mentor and Sponsor Early
- Join a Fast-Growing Company
- Let Your Imaginations Run Wild
- Religion and Romantic Relationships Have One Thing in Common.