Ahh the 20’s.
The decade in which you are happy, lonely, confused, and stressed all at the same time. Life can be pretty chaotic and fun during this famous period.
But, did you know this decade is also the perfect one to invest in yourself?
Most of the time, you won’t have a clue about what you’re doing in your 20’s, since you’ll be learning everything on the go.
Yet, even if you aren’t sure about anything else, here are some things you should be doing to invest in yourself during your 20’s.
How do you invest in yourself during your 20’s?
What does it mean to invest in yourself?
Investing in yourself is dedicating your time, your efforts, and yes, some of your money too, to becoming a better you.
In other words, self-investment is doing things that aren’t just fleeting but also contribute to your self-improvement and personal growth.
How much should you invest in yourself?
Believing investing in yourself is a matter of money is a common mistake. Yes, money is involved up to a certain extent. Yet, if you don’t have any, it doesn’t mean you can’t invest in yourself and your growth.
On the other side, if you do have some extra money, you should consider how to use it in your favor.
Regardless, how much money you put into your self-improvement depends on you. In fact, this will be dictated by three things:
- how much money you have left after covering your basic needs
- what your priorities are
- the actions you take to invest in yourself
Richie Norton, award-winning author, and CEO of Prouduct says the following:
“Every penny NOT spent on investing in yourself (after basic needs of course) may be a wasted future opportunity from missing learns and connects.”
8 Ways to Invest in Yourself During Your 20’s
1. Start learning on your own
If you are not a school lover, this might make you roll your eyes. However, the problem with modern education is that it teaches mostly things that aren’t necessary or relevant to today’s generation.
But, that doesn’t mean the act of learning itself has no sense. Actually, it is a way to invest in yourself and your future. That’s why a way to become a better you is to start taking courses on your own.
You might wonder, what’s the difference between going to school and learning on your own? If it’s all the same, right? – Well, not exactly.
When it comes to self-education, you can take individual courses or certifications in things that YOU actually like and are interested in!
If you have the advantage of having internet and a computer or even a smartphone, you can use different sites to take online courses like:
- LinkedIn Learning
- Khan’s Academy
- Alison Courses
2. Learn an in-demand skill
You could learn almost anything you want online. However, one of the best ways you could invest in yourself is by learning an in-demand skill.
What does this mean? – An in-demand skill is something that is currently highly requested in the professional world. Therefore, having an in-demand skill can help you land a job.
Nowadays, a lot of those in-demand skills have to do with social media and communications.
According to Indeed, some current in-demand skills are:
- Mobile app development
- Video production
- Audio production
- UX design
- SEO/SEM marketing
- Digital journalism
As you can see, some of them are soft skills and some are hard skills. Hard skills are more technical and specific to the type of job you’ll be doing. They can be measured.
On the contrary, soft skills are more universal and are useful in any job. Under this classification, you can find skills like leadership, persuasion, and other similar skills.
3. Read more
You’ve probably heard the statistics before, but in the United States, people read around 12 books in a year.
Although video has probably become the preferred medium for learning, a good way to invest in yourself is to read more.
In fact, reading has amazing benefits like:
- building vocabulary
- reducing stress
- strengthening memory
- promoting a good night’s sleep
If you’re not sure what to read next, take a look at Time’s Magazine The 100 Must-Read Books of 2020 to get some ideas.
4. Learn to budget
Certainly, money cannot buy you happiness in life. However, the lack of it could truly make your life complicated. As a result, a good way to invest in yourself in your 20’s is to learn about money.
Either if you want to live a frugal life or you want to become a millionaire with five cars and three mansions, it all comes down to how you manage your money.
Some basic principles you should be learning are:
- how to keep a savings account
- what is an emergency fund
- how to invest your money
- how to start making credit
- how to take out a mortgage loan
- how to prepare a budget
- how to make a check
Sadly, these topics you won’t necessarily learn in school.
Yet, the internet provides countless resources that can help you. For example, The Simple Dollar is a great blog that provides information on credit, insurance, and loans.
5. Build your confidence
As a young adult, it is possible you have a lot of questions and insecurities. On top of that, add the fact that you’re constantly exposed to information and social models that could make your confidence drop.
However, a good way to invest in yourself in your 20´s and improve your lifestyle is to grow your confidence. Not only will this help your self-esteem, but it will help you to get through many situations in life.
In fact, confidence is something you will need both in your personal and professional life.
Some of the benefits of being more confident are:
- better relationships
- better performance at work
- willingness to try new things
6. Start taking care of your body
A common mistake among young people is that they mistreat their bodies. For example, when you are young:
- you don’t get enough sleep
- don’t drink enough water
- eat whatever you find first
- skip meals
And yet, these are just a few of the many bad habits you could be doing. Of course, you probably won’t see the negative effects of them right away.
Regardless, most of the illnesses you discover in your thirties and forties, have their origin in how little you took care of your health in your 20’s.
So? Taking care of your body as early as possible is a good way to invest in yourself.
7. Become aware of mental health
Another important thing to do in your 20’s for a better future is to become aware of your mental health. Mostly, this is something you will have to learn by yourself since it is not something you learn in school.
Your mental health has to do with:
- your relationship with yourself
- your relationship with others
- how you manage your emotions
- how you perceive life
- how you deal with pressure
- the energy you have
In other words, a bad mental health can affect everything you do.
So, if you haven’t done it already, in your 20’s you should learn how to keep a good mental health and what to do when it is affected.
8. Travel as much as you can
If we’re talking about life experiences and self-investments, then traveling must be included in the topic. It might seem odd that traveling is considered a way to invest in yourself during your 20’s.
However, traveling helps your personal growth and your self-improvement in multiple ways. For example, traveling helps you to:
- grow independent
- test your resilience and flexibility
- make new friends
- accent your identity
- overcome fears and insecurities
Besides helping with your personal growth, traveling also widens your perception of the world and of life. A quote from the novel A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett says the following:
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
Since later in life you’ll have other responsibilities, and probably less energy, you should travel as much as you can while you’re young.
What is the best investment you can make in your life?
Finally, as cliché as it sounds, life is short. Therefore, you should try to make the best of it. Your 20’s will bring with them a lot of changes, stress and doubts.
Yet, they are also the perfect time to try and learn new things. You can choose to invest your time and effort in things that help you grow, like new skills or traveling.
In fact, dedicating your time to the right things, will help you later in life. Yet, remember, at the end, the best thing you can do is to invest in your happiness and wellbeing.