10 Things to Accomplish Before You Turn 30!

Ain’t it wonderful to be in your 20s? You’re young. You’re free. You’re in charge of your own destiny. But are you making the most out of it? Count how many of these things you have already done.

Your 20s is when you should be living and experiencing life. Try out new adventures. Learn new things. You’re young. You’re free. You’re in charge of your own destiny. So don’t waste the years. Start doing. Start living. Here are 10 things you should have already accomplished by the time you turn 30. How many have you already done?

1. Conquer a fear.

Yes, we know. Not riding a rollercoaster won’t really significantly affect your life. But when you do conquer a fear, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that’ll impact other aspects of your life. You’ll feel braver and more ready to face any challenge. After all, if you’ve mastered your fear, what’s a teeny-weeny project presentation? Peanuts!

2. Plot a career path

Before you turn 30, you should already know what you want to do and where you want to go, career-wise. Set your sights on a position that you’ll want to have in the future and then, work toward it. Take classes and seminars. Learn what you can while you’re still young. 

3. Learn to cook one complex dish all by yourself.

Sounds crazy, but you really need to have at least one specialty dish to impress the boss, the in-law, or the future husband. So head off to YouTube and start browsing through the many DIYs in the channel. Thanks to technology, learning to cook isn’t the disastrous or expensive experience it once was.

4. Buy one luxury item from the money you saved.

Whether you buy a watch, a dress, or a designer bag, that luxury piece is proof of your hard work and a symbol of the coming years. It’s also a great motivation for you to work harder and a great lesson on saving for the things that you want in life.  

5. Have your financial life in order.

Your 20s is the best time to invest and get an insurance because well, premiums are lower and you’ll have more time to grow your money. Learn the proper way of saving and spending because you will need that to secure your future. Before you turn 30, you should already have savings inside a bank account, a life insurance policy, a health insurance policy, and several investments like time deposits, bonds, UITFs, mutual funds, and even stocks. FWD Life Philippines, for instance, offers investment + insurance options to people.

6. Be responsible for something.

Whether it’s a pet that you should take care of, a niece to watch over during the weekend, or a small project to manage, you should have already been responsible for something or someone before you turn 30. It might seem pretty trivial but the experience is a window to how your 30s will be.  

7. Travel alone for three days or more.

Going to a foreign land all by yourself is a great learning experience. It’ll teach you independence, street smarts, and resourcefulness. It’s a must for everyone in their 20s as it allows you to grow overnight and gain confidence, knowing that you can stand on your own two feet.

8. Master the art of socializing.

Before you’re 30, you need to be able to have socializing down pat. You don’t have to be the belle of the ball or the butterfly who flit from one person to another. You just need to know the niceties and the protocol and be able to converse with people on your own. Trust us. A network is invaluable.

9. Find your personal style.

One does not hit upon a personal style like a jackpot. It’s a learning experience and a constantly evolving process. But 20s is the best time for experimentation. It’s the time to try out new hairstyles, makeup trends, clothes. Because by the time you’re 30, you’re expected to be put-together and poised. You can still change your style of course, but you should already know what looks good and what does not.

10. Have a regular physical fitness routine

When you’re 30, muscles and bones won’t be in its optimum shape. That is why it is important to start conditioning them while you are still young. If you haven’t started a regular routine yet, start one now or you’ll regret it. Start with something simple like the daily, four-minute exercise created by Coach Toni and Jim Saret for FWD’s Live to Move campaign.