25 lessons from a 25 year-old

Life lessons. Our twenties are full of them! Here are 25 life lessons from Phoebe, one of our Talk Twenties ambassadors.

1. Listen more, talk less. You will learn so much more.

2. When entering a friendship, a relationship, or even going on a first date, instead of thinking "I hope that person likes me", think "I hope I like them". A relationship has everything to do with compatibility and nothing to do with your worth as a person!

3. Allow yourself downtime. Hustling sounds sexy, but burning out from it sure isn’t. Let yourself relax and be human, instead of churning the work out and never prioritizing sleep and enjoyment!


4. Take everyone’s opinions with a mountain of salt and only take advice from people who have done what it is that you want to do.

5. You’re allowed to say no to things that don’t align with your beliefs, values or goals.

6. Everyone is a beginner once - so start that thing you’ve been putting off because you worry you might suck at it! We all have to start somewhere.

7. Never underestimate the power of consistency.

8. It is ALWAYS better to be single than be in a relationship that doesn’t enrich your life.

9. You are under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 years ago, last year or last week!

10. No job should be valued above your mental health.

11. Learn a new language and you’ll learn a new way of life. Live abroad, even if it’s just once!

12. Your mindset is more powerful than you'll ever know, so cultivate a strong, positive one.

13. Don’t apologise if it’s not your mistake. Try: thanks for rectifying that.

14. Give back to others with your time, money or belongings. Even 5 minutes or £5 could mean the world to someone else.

15. Work on things that can’t be taken away from you; like your character, confidence and personality.

16. Learn how to manage your money. The sooner you do, the sooner you can afford the bottomless brunches, the trips and whatever else makes you happy.

17. Learn about and start investing. Just start Googling or Youtubing and within half an hour you’ll have some idea of where to start!

18. There is NO rule that says you have to get married and have kids. If that’s what you want, great - but if it’s not, pave your own path!

19. You are only competing with YOU, no one else. If you’re always looking at what others are coming up with, you’re going to miss out your uniqueness and your beautiful perspective on the world.

20. You risk nothing by pursuing your dreams, but you’ll lose a lot if you never go after them.

21. Never stop learning and growing. Be a lifelong student.

22. Family and/or friends are everything. Appreciate and love them while you can.

23. Be your own best friend! No one can love and understand you more than you. As Ru Paul says: if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?


24. Leave your comfort zone, as often as you can.

25. Be present and enjoy the journey. If you’re always looking into the future when your life is happening now, you’re going to miss out on it all!

Blog post author: Phoebe Matthews

Phoebe is our 'overseas' Ambassador and has just moved to London from Paris. Passionate about helping other twenty-somethings realise their opportunities outside of the UK, Phoebe will be sharing tips, tricks and personal experiences of travelling the world in your twenties.

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