The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now

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The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now

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I don't work for a big company with a retirement plan so I have to be in charge of my own financial future. This part of the book was fun to read because while we can often feel very anxious at our first entry-level jobs as 20-somethings, we don’t have to be. It encouraged me to know that I am not doing this journey alone, that there are solutions and real-world answers to the questions 20-somethings face on a daily basis, and that people like Meg are out there to guide us on our journey. I would possibly read this again maybe in my mid-twenties just because I found a lot of the topics covered don't apply to me yet. She doesn't seem to factor in that maybe not everyone wants the typical American Dream life with a house and 2.

It sounds like you already answered that one for yourself, and that is where the best answers come from. In my book, The Defining Decade, I talk about a woman who, like you, wants her life to be different. I didn’t know what job to take, how to feel fulfilled in my career, and how to even find what I was most passionate about. Twentysomethings who don't feel anxious or incompetent at work are usually overconfident or underemployed.Twentysomethings are more educated than ever before, but a smaller percentage find work after college.

This books desperately needs to be reappraised in light of the current economic conditions facing "twentysomethings. Many people try to change their feelings by quitting the situation (job, relationship) causing them, instead of addressing the feelings or the conflict.Not surprisingly, I think it is unwise to kick the financial can down the road but my main reason for saying that may surprise you. The rhetoric that "30 is the new 20," she suggests, trivializes what is actually the most transformative period of adult life. I've learned a shit ton from books in my life; it's just all of those books were fiction, and somehow that works so much better for me. It made me realize how important it is for me to not just get by, but to thrive and live with more intention. This is a fantastic question and one that more 20-somethings — and 30-somethings and 40-somethings — ought to consider.

Disclaimer: I am a single urban-dwelling female in my mid-twenties, and those attributes have definitely shaped my opinion of this book.

We begin to move in different directions and at different paces and that is what individuality is all about. And let's face it, if I wrote a book or gave a talk titled "Something to Think About Sometime Between 20 and 40", then no one would tune in until 39. While I don't especially agree with Jay's assertion about part-time jobs such as retail or barista work being detrimental on a resume (honestly, I think future employers would be much more accepting of a job at Starbucks than a year of unemployment), I CAN agree that getting part-time work related to your selected field (even if it is temping or freelance) helps with focus and develops your knowledge of said field. I also fully agree with her on being in good relationships all the time and not staying with someone who's a deadbeat.

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