The 10 things I wish I knew when I was 20

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I turned 36 a few weeks ago.

I think this is the first time I openly say my age on the internet, and until a few months ago I thought so young and have a good one Professional career was the perfect combination to take on the world.

But the reality is different. To be young is amazing, but to be had Experience and some catch is much better. I would have loved to have had this wisdom at 21, that someone would have said to me, "Georgie, look, the bottom line is you're pouring it" or "Okay, Georgie, that's a good father" … but that didn't make it happen .

Hope these 10 tips are helping someone and they are very happy and successful!

1. Nothing is (so) important

They taught us that any situation in marketing can be chaotic and things work out with more chaos. That won't change – until Gen Z rules the world – but what can change is the way you take it.

No heartache makes the problem go away. Do not worry. Don't get addicted. Nothing happens. Breathe and learn. I promise you that no difficulty is so great: everything will find its way.

2. Say NO

The best answer is not always YES. If you are in a complex situation (bomberazos, delivery date, etc.) and you have already exhausted all options, it is absolutely valid to say NO.

Perhaps your answer will cause some problems at first, but in the long run an honest NO is better than a YES that is incorrect. If you have to give a negative, explain why and find a solution that everyone involved is comfortable with.

3. Self-awareness

When we leave college we are used to applauding, grading, and cheering for passing the accounting exam.

The marketing world is not like that. Don't expect your boss to hug you every time you do something right or for a customer to send you an email thanking you for the extra hours you spent on their project.

Sometimes recognition is implicit in everyday life. Are you giving your 150%? Are you calm with your performance? In the professional world, often "no news, good news."

4. Time for you

Yes, the 20s is the phase when you need to professionally demonstrate what you are made of. Yes, you have to wake up, go to the office before anyone else, make copies, act as the driver, maid, companion, assistant and dog walker. And besides, you need to find time for yourself.

When I say time for you, I don't want to throw myself on the couch to watch Netflix, I want to do things that are really important to you and make you feel happy and fulfilled. It sounds a little cheesy, but one day you will find that time goes by very quickly and that you could read more, play an instrument, spend more time with your family, or just take more care of yourself. All of these activities will give you a lot of peace and quiet in your 30s.

5. The importance of instinct

Listen to your instincts. 80% of the time you are right. Willy-nilly. In life there are things that you will easily understand, others that you cannot understand right now, and there are things that you will never understand.

Do you remember the time when a new customer made you feel bad? Or when that new great idea that all of Mexico was waiting for left you with a sense of deja vu? In 8 of these 10 situations, the mind-heart mix has the answer. Trust you boy

6. The importance of relationships

"I don't come here to make friends, I come to work." Ok, let's relax the reality show competitor attitudes and consider: how much time of your life do you actually spend at the agency? Let's say 8 hours a day (delusions!) Times 5 days a week, 4 weeks a month, 12 months a year …

The least we can do is try to have fun, make healthy friends, tolerate the intolerable, and even pamper ourselves when allowed (we all know such cases and even those that end with bodorrio).

7. Save

This is self explanatory, but one of the most difficult to learn. In the 20s my maximum was to buy the "it" bag of the moment, to eat with my friends in the best places in the area, to travel the world … Anyway, enjoy the fruits that are mine hard work. in the form of a fortnight.

Soon you will find that this very expensive rent in the Countess could very well have been used for the down payment of a house that leaving out a few party nights could have helped, among other things, to have a mattress for emergencies.

Nobody takes it away from us when we dance, but it's time we started looking to our future (even if it sounds like an insurance company).

8. Nothing is forever

"If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." Nobody knows what tomorrow will hold. Maybe in a couple of weeks they will offer you the position you've always dreamed of, maybe you get bored with commercials and go touring the world, maybe a television maxim will discover me and I'll be the new big sensation of the moment, maybe it will bite me am a dog and for not rescuing I'm angry.

In any case, I mean that we cannot take anything for granted. We don't know exactly what will happen tomorrow. So let's take it easy and review our priorities, okay?

9. The routine of inner peace

It's so easy to get addicted to work, to believe that NO ONE can do it as meticulously as we can, and to refuse to delegate. Believe the customer is the most important thing and in the end let the agency kill our creativity.

Let's remember to sleep our hours, take a shower that encourages us to eat at our time, give time to family, friends and flirt in the moment, exercise (even when it comes to the coffee maker) and feel full to feel.

10. uniqueness

In your early 20s, you will begin to realize what things you are really good at and what you are not so good at.

Which talents make you special? What makes you different What gives you value? Focus on these things and polish them up. That makes you unique. There is a long way to go and it is much nicer and easier when you are yourself.

I hope you enjoyed my post. What would you say to your younger SELF? #SeanSerios

Thank you for reading me.

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