The 4 Best Habits I’ve Picked Up in My 20’s

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1. Reading

“I don’t like reading. I’m a slow reader. I don’t know what to read. I don’t dislike reading, but I think I’ll just go see the movie instead.”

Here’s a silly “Top 10” list of why reading is good for you. You probably already know some of the benefits: mental stimulation, increased vocabulary, superhuman strength (probably).

Reading is something that no one can make you do, no matter how motivating they are, how good the book is supposed to be, or how many benefits reading offers.

I’ll tell you from experience that from reading 23 books last year:

  1. It helped me communicate better with my wife and friends
  2. I have an enormous amount of knowledge on personal finance, spirituality, communication, career, and passion that I didn’t have before
  3. Turns you into an instant badass. (If you’re reading anything by Hemingway, Steinbeck, or Austen, you’re automatically cooler)

Don’t know where to start? Here. 

2. Eating Healthy

I eat more pizza than you.

There’s no question.

The same almost certainly goes for burgers, bacon, and beer, and coffee too.

But I recently changed my diet. Because even though my unholy juggernaut of a metabolism (possibly God’s greatest gift to me) means I can eat whatever I want with basically no weight gain (I know. Hate me. I deserve it.), my body suffers.

Nowadays, the thought of eating salad for lunch doesn’t seem as repugnant or foreign. (It still does a little.)

I don’t have to tell you the benefits of eating healthy. But from what I’ve experienced:

  1. I sleep better
  2. I’m losing weight without working out
  3. I have more energy in the mornings and afternoons

And speaking of healthy…

3. Prime Rib, Craft Beer, and Cigars

Ron Swanson from Parks & Recreation and I are kindred spirits in many ways.

For his birthday, Amy Pohler’s character threw him his perfect party: a lone table for 1, complete with a large Porterhouse steak, generous bacon portions, aged bourbon, and a big screen TV playing his favorite war movies in a private room. A security guard was stationed at the door to prevent anyone from disturbing him.

If you’re an extrovert like my lovely wife, this sounds like an awful scenario of the most boring proportions.

If you’re an introvert like me and Ron Swanson, your mouth might’ve started watering suddenly.

That’s what prime rib, craft beer, and cigars means for me. I’ve developed a habit in my 20’s of regularly setting aside time for me. I do what “fills me up,” because after a while, I feel empty and spent.

4. Setting aside excess money

Duh. Compound interest? Retirement? The greatest benefit of these is possible by starting early. With today’s spend-everything-hurry-you’re-missing-out culture, this has become harder than ever.

But I do it.

I’m debt free, Kimi and I have a nice chunk of savings in the bank, and we rarely worry about money any more.

What are the best habits you’ve started in your 20’s?

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Comments

  1. You hit the nail on the head with number one, I’ve developed a huge passion for reading over the past few years. I just stick with non-fiction though. Right now I’m reading “The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East”, I should be done with that in a few days, right now the Arabs are helping the British move up Palestine with an eye on Damascus. Good stuff.

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