They say hindsight is 20/20 and I completely agree. It’s the whole reason I started this blog. For every challenge I’ve overcome I’ve learnt major lessons I wish I knew beforehand. However, that’s not exactly how life works. So what I commit to doing is writing down all the lessons I’ve learned at major points in my life and sharing them for the benefit of myself and others.
Today’s lesson is some things I wish I knew in my early twenties. I’m sharing them now while it’s still fresh in my mind. I have a similar post on things I wish I knew in high school, click here to check it out.
I wanted today’s post to feature 10 Things I Wish I Knew In My Early Twenties but I’m not quite remembering everything so there will be a part 2 or I’ll update this post. Subscribe to my blog to stay updated.
Start investing with the little you have
You may think you don’t earn enough to invest but that’s not true. It all adds up. Start wherever you are in life. Save a little each week or month, however often you get paid and when it accumulates you can transfer the money from your savings to an investment account. My investment agency of choice is Stocks & Securities Limited. They provide excellent service and I’d recommend their Money Managers facility to any beginner investor.
Start repaying your student loan while in college
If you find yourself with any extra cash I’d suggest allotting that extra cash to your student loan. like investing, no matter how small the amount it’ll help to chip away and the large sum. For the Student Loan Bureau paying while you’re in school has no negative effects and will lower your loan balance when it’s actually time to repay.
Negotiate you salary for your future plans
So you just landed your first job. Congrats! you’re about to enter into a contract with your employer to pay you for the service you’re qualified to supply. This is why negotiation is important. Understand the value you’ll add and do ample research on the pay scale for your profession. When offered a contract or a position with a company it’s important to find out if salary increases are possible and how often. you may also want to check for other benefits such as health and life insurance and even a pension plan.
Regardless of how long you plan to be with a company good benefits can help you set up good habits and expectations for your future endeavours. For example, if I were to become self-employed I’d still strive to have health insurance and an active pension plan.
Also, when negotiating your salary consider your future needs too. You may want a car or home sooner than later. Get an idea of what that would cost and factor that into your wage talks. This probably won’t be possible for your very first job at least not in the initial phase. But as you grow as a professional and as your value added to the company grows you’ll open a gateway for discussion.
Take calculated risks
I’ve had so many business ideas I wish I started when I was younger and had less on my plate. I was afraid to take on the risk but I’d tell my younger self those risks are tiny compared to the ones you’ll be forced to take later on.
Thinking about starting a small business? Do it! Use it as a stepping stone to larger ideas. Make your mistakes with the small businesses learn your lessons and improve. You can then use the knowledge gained to tackle a larger idea.
Things get harder before they get easier
Adulting is tough. There’s no soft way of saying it. But so are you. I’ve faced challenges I never thought id face and I made it through. There’s no quick fix but there’s always a lesson to be learnt. My only advice is to stick it out, it will be worth it when it’s over.
Have a good week