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Your 30s Are For Building


As I entered my 40s last year, I found myself reminiscing about the past decade. Although it feels like just yesterday that I was celebrating my 30th birthday, an entire decade has passed in what seems like the blink of an eye.

Whenever friends in their 30s sought my advice, I realized that the guidance I offered was essentially the advice I wish I could have given my 30-year-old self.

Your 30s are a pivotal time for building the foundation of your life, whether it’s your career, your skillset, your personal growth, or your relationships. A decade is a significant span of time, and how you spend it can shape the trajectory of your future. With that in mind, here are some pieces of wisdom I wish I had embraced earlier:

Start building an audience

In my late 30s, I began to understand the importance of building an audience and establishing a personal brand. If you’re in your early 30s, now is the time to start. Invest in growing your email list, sharing your perspectives, and putting yourself out there. Embrace strong opinions, be open to being wrong, and graciously accept feedback.

Aim to become the best at what you do

Dedicate yourself to becoming the best in your craft, and showcase your expertise. When you reach the pinnacle of your field, you gain the privilege of choosing your projects and commanding your worth.

Get a mentor

Surrounding yourself with experienced mentors can save you years of trial and error. Learn from those who have navigated the path before you, and benefit from their hard-earned wisdom. Their guidance can be invaluable in accelerating your growth.

Take care of your health

As you enter your 30s, your body begins to age more rapidly. By the time you reach 40, the differences between those who prioritized their health and those who didn’t become glaringly apparent. Adopt a balanced diet rich in vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, and stay hydrated. Incorporate regular exercise, including resistance training and interval workouts. Consult a healthcare professional about appropriate supplements.

Write, consistently

Writing is an incredible tool for learning and understanding. If you’re hesitant to share your thoughts, remember that your perspective holds value. Platforms like LinkedIn/Medium provide opportunities to connect with a supportive community and hone your writing skills.

Be patient, play the long game

Sustainable success, much like weightlifting, requires consistent effort over an extended period. While visible results may not materialize in 30 days, three years of dedicated work can yield extraordinary outcomes. Embrace patience and play the long game.

As crucial as these lessons are, remember to enjoy the journey. Life is a delicate balance, and finding happiness amidst the pursuit of growth is essential.

If you’re already in your 40s, I invite you to share your wisdom with those in their 30s. What advice would you offer to help them make the most of this transformative decade?

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