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5 Men’s Success Tips You Wish You Could Have Told Your Younger Self

Whether you are in your mid-20s or even mid-30s, you have already discovered how important the decisions you made as a teenager were and how they shaped your life. Everything from the school entrance exam you passed when you were 11 years old to the subjects you chose to study at school when you were 14 was instrumental in shaping your future in ways you could not have foreseen. The good news is that your 20s and 30s are your prime earning years and you can still become successful by taking on board these five essential tips.

Tip #1 Never follow someone else’s dream.

You may have already learned this the hard way. Perhaps your parents pushed you into medicine, and it was not for you. Maybe a buddy suggested you join the Marines and that was not your path in life. It is human nature to imagine you could time-travel back and give your younger self the advice to follow your dream, not someone else’s. It is never too late to apply this tip in your life though. You may be in a relationship that’s taking you in the wrong direction. You may be eying up a career change. To become a success, you need to follow your dreams and pursue goals and challenges that you genuinely want.

Tip #2. Dreams Change

 Particularly relevant for men in their mid-30s who are approaching middle age is the concept that dreams can, and do, change. As you start to think about the legacy you will leave, it is natural to uncover a profound truth: dreams change as you move through life. It would be great to hop into a wormhole and go back in time to explain this to your younger self, but you can still learn from this tip to boost your chances of becoming successful. You may be career oriented in your goals at present, but over time, your dreams may include having a successful marriage, becoming a father and even becoming a great-grandfather.

Tip #3. Learn that the only thing you can take with you is what you have given away

It is only later in life that most men come to the understanding that it is what you do for others that counts. Ultimately, the only ‘thing’ you take with you when you pass away is your ability to help others. This is a great tip you wish you could tell your younger self as it could perhaps have given you a different direction in life earlier on. As there’s no time like the present, this tip means you should invest in others. Perhaps become a mentor for someone at work, advise others, raise a family or work for charity. Everything you give away regarding time and effort will be repaid in ways you cannot possibly predict.

Tip #4. Learn to view money as a tool

Money cannot buy happiness, but it can be used as a tool to create happiness. This is essential advice that many men wish they could have told their younger selves. a crucial tip in becoming successful is to view money as a tool that can be used to help you reach your goals and provide for your family. If you are in your mid-20s, you are at the perfect stage in life to ensure that your retirement is comfortable. Put $1,000 into a Roth IRA and contributed just $100 per month for the next 40 years, you will have over $250,000 by the time you come to retire. If you are in your mid-30s and haven’t even considered retirement planning yet, you will need to save twice as much just to catch up to this point. Aiming to have at least three times your salary saved by the time you hit 45 is an excellent goal to form based on this tip.

Tip #5. Take responsibility for your life

The last tip for becoming successful that you wish you could have told your younger self is to take responsibility for your own decisions and actions. Sure, some things are always outside of our control as men, but most things are within our control.


Unless the secrets of time travel are unraveled in the near future, none of us can go back in time and advise our younger selves. The point of these tips is that it is never too late to make a difference and improve your levels of success, whatever stage you are at in life.

What would you tell your younger self? What lessons have you learned over the years?

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