10 things you should absolutely do before turning 30

10 things you should absolutely do before turning 30

10 things you should absolutely do before turning 30

I have crossed the age of 30 and have understood the significance of what one does in this decade. There are 10 things that I believe every aspiring thirty-year-old should at least consider, and here they are.

I have crossed the age of 30 and have understood the significance of what one does in this decade. There are 10 things that I believe every aspiring thirty-year-old should at least consider, and here they are.

I have crossed the age of 30 and have understood the significance of what one does in this decade. There are 10 things that I believe every aspiring thirty-year-old should at least consider, and here they are.

Riccardo Marconato

Aug 22, 2023

Riccardo Marconato

Aug 22, 2023

Riccardo Marconato

Aug 22, 2023

1. Own Your Independence – Truly.

I moved out when I was 24, but I had hoped to do it by 20. If you haven't moved out by 30, that's okay. It's the effort and growth that matter most. But staying with family too long might keep you from learning some key lessons.

Venturing out was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Curiously a common question 'Don't you miss your family?' It struck me that this sentiment might predominantly be a shared experience among Italians or anyone familiar with Dominic Toretto's familial fervor. But let's set the record straight—departing from family doesn't diminish love or care for them.

It's about growth, carving out your own space, and hustling on your terms. There's an unparalleled satisfaction in stepping outside your comfort zone and mastering the art of independence.

2. Dive into Global Conversations

Speaking three languages – Italian, English, and Spanish – has broadened my perspective immensely. It's great to engage with various cultures and connect on a deeper level. There are so many languages out there, why not learn one now?

As an Italian, English didn't come naturally to me. But think about this: If by age 20 you're not proficient in English or other major languages relevant to where you live or your goals, you might be holding yourself back.

Imagine being 30 and fluent in English. It's quite an advantage, right? Today, I switch between Italian, Spanish, and English. The time I spent learning them has been incredibly worthwhile

3. Cultivate Rich Relationships

In your 20s, it might be more about building meaningful relationships than just knowing many people. I've found it helpful to keep a contacts list on Notion to track who aligns with my goals.

Consider organizing your contacts: friends, professional connections, and close ones like family. Maybe limit meetings with some relatives.

Taking the initiative to chat can be good, and thinking things through before deciding is beneficial. Having a strong network might be a big advantage in the future.

In my experience, many people want to spend time with you, but not all of it is beneficial. It doesn't always lead to professional growth or genuine friendship. When you're in your 20s, you shouldn't just let time slip by without making things happen.

Another thing I've learned is that there aren't strictly 'good' or 'bad' people. Problematic people aren't just in movies. Sometimes, the ones closest to you bring negative energy and attitudes and won’t realise it soon.

4. Master Personal Finance

Knowing where your money goes is important. It helps you make smart choices for the future. I started tracking my spending in my 20s using Spendee. It helped me see not just how much, but where I was spending.

Details make a difference. For instance, I can see how much I spend on nights out, groceries, or daily expenses. This awareness can help you think twice before overspending.

Some say, "Enjoy now and worry later," but managing money wisely can lead to more freedom. When you know your finances, you're better prepared for what comes next.

Whether you're rich or poor, staying aware is what truly sets you apart.

5. Commit to Consistent Creation

Starting a project in your 20s? It could be anything: writing, crafting, painting, coding, or even cooking. The important part isn't what you're doing, but that you're doing it consistently. By consistently adding to your collection or portfolio, imagine how expansive it'll be by the time you're 30.

Every item or piece you add stands as a testament to your dedication. Sharing these on social media or other platforms lets others see your journey. Consistency helps not only in honing skills but also in building a tangible record of your efforts. By the end of the decade, you won't just have a hobby or a skill—you'll have a timeline of your growth and commitment.

6. Strive for new Travel Experiences

Travel can be simple, whether it's a trip abroad or just walking around your city. It's about new experiences, not always about spending a lot.

t's not about fancy hotels or perfect photos. Once, I went to a small town in Spain for paperwork. Instead of hurrying, I enjoyed the local food and just explored. It felt great. There’s tons of places I explored.

I believe in enjoying a place fully, not just the touristy parts. Make the most of your younger years by exploring and learning.

7. Prioritize Lifelong Learning

Traditional school is one side of learning. There are also workshops, online classes, and events to consider. It's about learning new skills, from pottery to Product Design.

Think about who you want to be and work towards it.It's good to become an expert in something. Just don't get stuck studying all the time.

I've taken many courses and also taught myself things. Your 20s is a great time to learn. Plan your education, set goals, and go for them. Having qualifications, like diplomas, can also help in your career

8. Prioritize Health and Harmony

Find a workout you enjoy. Your body and mind both need care. Starting good habits early can make your life better.

I learned that it's important to know who to spend time with and who to avoid. Some people can be negative or stressful.

It's good to be around positive people and avoid the negative ones. I had to step away from some negative people in my past.

Everyone has a place in your life, but remember, you can choose who stays and who goes.

9. Master Cooking and Basic Skills

Think of cooking not as a mere hobby, but as a survival skill. At its core, learning to cook is about achieving a sense of independence. When you can prepare your meals, you no longer rely on the convenience (and often, the added expense) of takeout or pre-packaged foods. You have control — over your ingredients, your budget, and your nutrition.

But here's another angle that's often overlooked: the social element. Cooking can be a communal activity, a way to bring friends or family together. It's also an ace up your sleeve when it comes to forging relationships, both personal and professional. There's an undeniable respect that comes with someone who can whip up a meal, be it for a group or just for oneself.

By the time you hit 30, having a few solid recipes under your belt and the confidence to navigate a kitchen can make a significant difference in both your daily routine and social interactions. It's less about impressing others and more about having the self-sufficiency and practicality that comes with this essential skill.

10. Smart Future-Focused Finances

I think investing before 30 is smart. I've seen how stocks and bonds can grow money over time. It's not just about more cash, but planning for the future.

Crypto is another area to look into. To me, it's a new way of thinking about money. It can be risky, but the rewards might be big. Staying informed and updated is key.

Being out of finance at the age of 30, in my opinion, is a very bad idea.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Riccardo Marconato

Product Designer specializing in seamless user experiences and Design Systems. Over 10 years of experience, multiple awards, and international project contributions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Riccardo Marconato

Product Designer specializing in seamless user experiences and Design Systems. Over 10 years of experience, multiple awards, and international project contributions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Riccardo Marconato

Product Designer specializing in seamless user experiences and Design Systems. Over 10 years of experience, multiple awards, and international project contributions.

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