If you’re planning a 2 week vacation to Europe, you’ll probably spend plenty of time researching airfare, hostels, tourist sites, weather, transportation, local food, etc. You plan because you want to maximize the opportunity. Only an idiot would jump in a life raft at Virginia Beach and start paddling towards England.
Plan for the journey. Then enjoy the destination.
I wish we thought this way about our working 20s, but we don’t.
After college we launch into the real world with two things on our mind–location and money. I want to live in ____________. I want to make _____________. That’s it. That’s the focus. It’s hardwired into the 20-something American brain.
And it’s completely wrong.
We need to shift how we think. Your 20s should be about development. Not money. Not geography. Development. Development. Development. Your 20s are about DEVELOPMENT. If you are 20-29 years old, you are living in the most healthy, energetic days of your life. It’s time to stop worrying about a stupid paycheck and start worrying about whether or not the next 50 years of our lives will be a big fat waste. Development in your 20s = success in your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, etc.
- Who is mentoring me?
- What books am I reading?
- What questions am I asking?
- What goals am I moving towards?
Think like this when choosing a job. Think like this with your money. Think like this with your downtime. Seek out environments of development. Pursue people that are smarter than you and bombard them with questions.
If you’re in the life raft, it’s time to turn that sucker around and head back to shore. Get yourself ready for a trip that matters.
P.S. Spiritual implications are obvious as well. See Luke 14:28-30.