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Your 30s are probably the most powerful decade in
your life. You’ve finally figured out who you are and
what you want, and now you’re chasing your dreams
like a coyote on a mission. Here are a few basic things
you should already have down by the time the Big 3-0
T E X T BY R O S PR A D O
By this point in your life, you should know how to live comfortably
on your own without fearing solitude. If you just can’t stand the idea
of an empty home, get a dog…or a cat…or a fish…or someone to love
you. Crashing in your parent’s basement or on a friend’s couch is only
acceptable on holidays or crazy nights out. Roommates are OK, in
moderation, if you haven’t found a spouse or a cohabiting love interest.
In the professional realm, regardless of your field of choice, not every
resume is created equally. By the time you’re 30, you should have a
couple of accomplishments under your belt and an impressive spiel to
go along with it. If you don’t, you might be outta luck. But don’t fret.
Your 30s is also a great time to consider other career opportunities and
potential side-gigs that can earn you extra cash. You may even want
to start working from home more.
You want me to pay how much for that?! Hey, haggling’s an art and it’s
hopefully something you’ve learned to perfect over the years. No more
having daddy negotiate your deals. Need to purchase car? A home? A
whole new wardrobe? Don’t be afraid to ask for a pricecut, a discount
or some frequent buyer loyalty points. You work hard for your money,
don’t spend it all in one place.
By the time you’re in your 30s, you’ve pretty much been able to figure
out the types of people you want (and don’t want) in your life. If
someone isn’t contributing to the quality of your life or helping make
you a better person, don’t hesitate to kick them to the curb without
feeling an ounce of guilt. Just realize you may be on the receiving end
of the rejection sometimes. And that’s OK.
THANKS, BUT NO THANKS
One way or another, if you want to maintain your sanity and keep
moving forward, at some point you’re going to have to learn how to
decline advice. You, more than anyone else, know exactly what you
need and what path to take; learn to trust your intuition. Your gut
never lies. Listen to it and life will be a breeze.