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WHY YOUR TWENTIES ARE THE HARDEST DECADE OF YOUR LIFE

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So let’s talk about being in your twenties. Shall we?

People say high school is hard, and it is, but being in your twenties, well, that is a whole new ball game….when you don’t even play sports.

I read a funny meme that was something like, “Being an adult is easy, it’s like riding a bike, except the bike is on fire, the ground is on fire and everything is on fire because you’re in hell.”

Funny, but mostly because there is a part of it that rings true.

You’re twenties can be pretty awful.

When you are in your twenties there is absolutely no specific direction you are pointed in (or everyone is pointing every which way!) and there is probably the biggest scalable differences in people’s life who are of similar ages.

Let me explain:

You have twenty somethings that still live with their parents and have never kept a job, twenty somethings who are just starting college, twenty somethings who are newly married or on their 2nd or 3rd child. You have those making their way up in their career, or those that are still traveling and seeing the world. There are some still going to parties and getting drunk every weekend, and others off starting their own businesses.

Literally there is a twenty something in practically every stage of life.

So we are in the middle of our own little journey looking around at everyone else like, “Well what do I do now?”

Should you be getting married to your boyfriend now that you’re 25? Or you’re only 21 so should you NOT be getting married? Should you be farther along in your career now that you are halfway through your twenties? You’re almost 27, should you have a kid by now? Or should you wait till you are in your thirties altogether before settling down?

The best part about all of this confusion? (Sarcasm assumed.) Everyone wants to answer that question for you!

On one had there are those that will tell you that your twenties are for just figuring things out, for “experimenting” and “finding yourself” (what does that actually mean!?). Then you have those that are looking down on you because you haven’t conquered all these career goals they had in mind for you. Or the ones that tell you, “You need to experience the world!” and you are just trying to pay for Tuesday’s dinner.

So how (the heck!) do you know where YOU should be?

What is the right answer!?!?

Short answer, there isn’t one. Long answer: continue reading.

So why write about this topic? Why do a post on how your twenties are hard? For us all to nod our heads in agreement and then just try to get through them? Not so much.

It’s because I’m tired too.

I know you are looking at “her” and thinking her life is perfect. It’s not. I know that you think “they” have a perfect job or career that “they” love. They don’t. I know you wish you were better, smarter, faster, and had some long list of accomplishments that everyone was jealous of. Is that improper to say? Well let’s say it.

Let’s all admit that we are looking around at everyone else and wanting that life. We are not sure where we stand or if we are even on the right stage but they look like they areso we’re jealous. We wish we could be like them. I wish it. You wish it. Let’s own it. Call it out and move past it.

Because I actually used to sit wishing it for hours a day.

Yes.

Hours a day.

But here is the thing that you have hopefully learned way before your twenties. Wishing doesn’t work. Birthday candles are fun and sparkly but they don’t “poof” you into the life of your dreams.

In actuality the life of your dreams comes in slowly, with a lot of hard lessons and hard work,  work that no one will notice, no one will care about, and if they do notice it, they will probably tell you it’s futile. They’ll tell you how you can’t have your dream life and disguise it as looking out for you and your future.

They will be wrong.

The work is not glamourous. You don’t dream about the work, you dream about the results. But you have to realize that one has to come first.

It will come in the form of late nights staying in instead of going out to write that novel and your friends won’t understand, or spending all your free time practicing an instrument for a career they don’t think you could have. It will be constantly filtering questions about where you are working and letting them think you are a bum with no job or a crap job, rather than explaining you’re working your butt off everyday to make a business from a blog.

It will be those things that no one sees. Those things that not a lot of people will understand.

Those things will make your twenties great. Those things that build you into the person you’ll be in your thirties, into the family you’ll raise in your forties, the retirement you’ll have in your sixties, the life you’ll lead every day after, and the legacy you’ll leave behind.

Your twenties were made for you to be great.

For you to chase audacious dreams with common sense but a lot more of reckless abandon.

If I could tell you two things right now it would be to stop looking at other people’s lives, and to stop listening to their advice about your own.

You are so much greater than you think you are.

Your twenties are the hardest decade of your life, because you haven’t figured that out yet.

So go, “do you” in the most real sense of the culture cliché.

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HERE IS THE EASIEST WAY TO PLAN AND UNDERSTAND YOUR BUSINESS

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Business model canvas!! Sounds like nuclear physics doesn’t it?
It isn’t.
A business model canvas is a tool used by businesses to project what their business is all about briefly.
In contrast to business plan, a business model canvas is so brief .
At the end of this article, there is a template attached, feel free to use it after you have read this article .
Now remember the way you create a business model canvas is very systematic . We have numbered this template to make it a ride on a steep slope.

1. Customer Segments
( WHO ARE YOU TARGETING) Think of your business, very few ( if there are at all) businesses target everyone. Describe your customer. Who are they? What do they want? What do they like?
How old are they?

2.Value proposition
( WHAT IS YOUR PRODUCT OFFERING THEM)
Say you are a coffee shop. Coffee is coffee. If I sell mine packed in an ordinary cup and yours is in a instagram worthy cup. We know why millenials would buy from you.
The Unique value is not always tangible.
Sometimes it is a cause. If part of your profit goes to charity, people may use it for that sake.

3.Channels
Now that you know who you are trying to sell to and what is special about your product .How are you going to get to them ?
Instagram? A physical shop? An event?
Depending on what they do, find out the different ways they can access your product.

4.Customer relationships
To gain a customer is one thing . To keep a customer is a whole different entity. There are shops you go to buy something and the way a seller accomodates you, focuses on making sure you leave satisfied and not just selling you a product gets you hooked. These are the shops people go back to and tell all their friends about.

5. Revenue sources
What are your customers going to pay for? These are the different services or goods you can offer. Say you sell clothes , you could also charge for styling advice or makeover. How can your premises generate you money as well? Can your office be rented fr a day or a week or more?
Exhaust the different ways you can access money and find out ways that match your cause. For example safe space doubles as a women platform and a women co working space .

6.Key Activities
These are the things you need to do . If you are running a website, you need things like hosting, writing, photography etc.. . Include everything you have to do for your business to run and

7.Key Resources
Determine what you need to get the activities done. Funds? Space? Time? People?

8.Key partners
Patnering is the new discount. You do not need to have everything. But you can out source what you have and use it to negotiate.
Patnerships helps cut cost and share audience .

9. Cost structure
Now that you know what you will need to run the business, areas you can find partners in , list the things you will incur cost in.

BMC TEMPLATE TWENTIESCO

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HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR ALL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

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Holiday time ,

A time we have been looking forward to since school started! Blink and share this post if you can relate!

Fun holiday activities

I am a big pro-balance , i believe in late nights, early mornings and coffee but i also believe it is essential to lay back in the Bahamas and have someone bring you a Cool Mojito . So what do you do when you have a month or two of rest. Read On.
1.Rest
A bit Clichè right? But how many of us actually rest at least half of the time during the holiday?

While it is sometimes inevitable to reply that email, Attend that client, making time to take care of you, catch up on your favourite tv show or just sitting and breathing helps clear your brain and make you even more productive.

2. Learn a skill.

What a time to be Alive! Your next skill is literaly a few taps away. This skill can be a hobby you have been looking to get better at like sewing, singing, piano , cooking or something intergral in your career like history taking for new clinical rotation students or something you have wanted to do on the side( you have been talking about how you do not have time, and now Its here! ).

One of the founders of Afyatoon , an animation start-up that provides health education actually learnt how to animate during his summer holiday.

There are some things that are not taught in school and you are probably struggling with such as speaking in public , budgeting , dressing well, healthy living & more. Take time to train yourself on that.

3. Work on your side hustle
Balancing between studies and work is a challenge. Sometimes they are all demanding our time and energy. The holiday time therefore is a great time to focus on this thing , give it a mega push and this push will even save you the hustle when school starts.

 

4. Learn, explore and grow.
It is really eye-opening to learn a new thing or get to understand a certain topic . This can be a great time to do that. There is vast majority of knowledge and information on blogs, social media and in the actual world for you to learn .

Be curious, google , check out some you tube videos . But most of Enjoy your holiday .

 

What are you doing this holiday?

 

Twentiesco consultation doors are open! Book your consulation today and lets walk  this adulthood  journey together.

 

 

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HOW TO APPLY FOR OPPORTUNITIES AND ACTUALLY GET THEM

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If you are one amazing twenti who seeks out opportunities to learn or seek support for something you do , at some point you have to prove your worthiness of what you are applying or contesting for.

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