Part 1: Advice for 20-year-olds from wiser 30-year-olds

Nic Haralambos, founder of Nic Harry socks experienced a great realisation on the evening of his 30th birthday. He began to evaluate his 20s, realising how many mistakes he made and the many things he has learned in a decade of life.

Some advice for the 20-year-olds, from the somewhat wiser 30-year-olds:

1. Travel
You have very little responsibility so go and travel. When you get to 30, you’re going to want to travel slightly differently, spend a little more, do slightly more expensive things, eat at slightly better restaurants. So work for a year and save enough money to experience the world on the cheap.
How do you know what you want to do if you don’t know what’s out there to do?
Don’t just travel to the obvious places.
Travel to the tough places.
Travel to learn.
Travel to discover.
Travel to the places that will challenge who you think you want to be.


2. Build things
Don’t spend too much time working on other people’s visions or in other people’s meetings. Spend time figuring out what your own world view is and where you want to take your own life.
Meetings are where ideas go to die.
If you find yourself in a corporate job that you wish you could leave then do it. Leave. If you don’t have a corporate job yet see point 5.


3. Read
Read every day. Read everything you can. Don’t just read about things you know about. Read about people. Read people.


4. Stop watching television
Right now. Stop it. It’s not helping you get better at anything.


5. Career
Do not take that corporate job. Just don’t do it (see point 2).

If you enjoyed reading these tips, keep posted for part (II) at 6pm this evening.



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