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Stop The Cycle and Listen: Men In Their 30s Offer Their Best Advice To Men In Their 20s

Men in their 30s often have valuable insights to share with their younger counterparts entering their 20s. They might advise them to embrace self-discovery, personal growth and may even suggest building strong foundations in relationships, careers, and health. Men in their might also encourage setting clear financial goals and practicing disciplined saving habits to ensure future stability. Additionally, men in their 30s might stress the importance of maintaining a balance between work and personal life, nurturing genuine connections, and developing resilience in the face of challenges. 

About Their Social Circle

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“Believe it or not, your friend and social circle will get smaller and smaller as the years go on. Get out of your comfort zone and try to meet new people. It’s hard to do initially, but it’s worth it.”

Dental Hygiene

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“Take care of your teeth. This seems elementary, but that cool party trick where you crack open a beer using your teeth will one day send you to the dentist for a cracked or chipped tooth.”

Health Is Wealth

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“Make your health a priority. It doesn’t have to be an insane workout every day. Walk or bike an hour a day. Take little stretch breaks during the day. Don’t over-indulge in alcohol. Eat healthy more often than not. Establishing a health routine will pay dividends to your health later in life.”

Build Strong Relationships 

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“Take the time to develop your skills personally and professionally. Cultivate genuine connections with friends, family, and mentors. These relationships will provide a support network during good times and challenges.”

Begin To Become Financially Responsible 

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Financial stability provides a sense of security and opens doors to opportunities down the road. If your job matches your retirement at 3% or better, invest, there’s nothing better than “free money” to retire on. You won’t miss it from your paycheck. Relax.”

Take Risks

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“Not in the sense of life or death situations, more like don’t fear failure or taking calculated risks. Some of the best lessons and growth come from stepping out of your comfort zone.”

Develop Strong Communication Skills 

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“Effective communication is vital in personal and professional settings. Hone your ability to articulate your thoughts and listen actively. Especially since men tend to get into more mature relationships with the end goal of marriage, a successful marriage hugely depends on communication.”

Find Work-Life Balance 

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“Learn to manage your time effectively. Balancing your career ambitions with your personal life will lead to a more fulfilling life overall. Once you’re in your 30s, you won’t be able to go out every night and party like you used to. And you certainly won’t be able to drink all night and be good to get to work on time and be productive.” 

Set Clear Goals 

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“Define both short-term and long-term goals for yourself. Having a clear direction will keep you motivated and focused.”

Learn to Manage Finances 

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“This is different than being financially responsible. When you’re financially responsible, you pay your bills and have money left for life things. Being able to manage finances is understanding budgeting, saving, and investing. Smart financial decisions now will substantially impact your financial freedom later.”

Practice Gratitude 

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“Cultivate gratefulness. As you get older, you’ll start to lose family members and friends. Understand that life is finite, and recognizing the positives in your life now enhances your overall happiness and perspective.”

Learn From Others 

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“Seek advice and guidance from those who’ve walked the path before you, especially at your place of employment, if you plan on staying or seeing yourself there for an extended period of time. Mentorship can provide valuable insights and shortcuts to success.”

Be Open Minded 

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“When it comes to the professional setting, things can change rapidly. One day you might wake up the “old guy” at your job, and the “new streamlined process” of doing something may not make sense to you. That said, make sure to learn it because a company will look to move on when someone is holding the team back. Maintain a curious and open mindset. Always be willing to learn new things and adapt to changes in your environment.”

Prioritize Your Mental Well-Being

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“Seek help when needed and develop healthy coping strategies to manage stress and challenges. It’s not a sign of weakness to go and talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Bad feelings manifest themselves into things you never thought you’d do. Take care of your mental health!” 

Manage Your Emotions

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“Understand and manage your emotions and the emotional expectations of others. Emotional intelligence contributes to better relationships and decision-making.”

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