20 Hard lessons you need to learn before 30


Whether it’s about money or relationships. Read on and learn how to prepare for your 30s.

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They are not necessarily the answers to all your questions about life, but these lessons should make #adulting a bit easier.

Save Money

Save your money from the start and never buy anything on higher purchase.

There’s no timeline

Don’t put yourself under pressure because of what society thinks you should be doing and achieving at whatever age.

Everything passes

Don’t shoot yourself down over mistakes, drama and bad moments. Everything in life does pass, so you will get over them.

Have a tight circle

Nothing beats a phone call to a friend or a chat to make life lighter.


Live your life fully and experience all you have to before you take a stand, like getting married.

Just do it

Time waits for no one. Get cracking on whatever you want to do today, start working on your plans and goals. If you fail, fail fast. All that matters is you doing it.

Reward yourself

Enjoy your life by rewarding yourself. It could be doing something small that makes you happy or travelling the world. Just do you.

Consider others

Not everything is about you. There are others in life and you’ll realise how much you’ll appreciate them later in life.

Know your finances

Be clued up on your money matters and know that everything you do will determine your future and your options, like getting a car or buying property.

Quality is timeless

When making purchases make sure to buy quality items that will last you longer.

Cash is king

Just because you can get credit doesn’t mean that you should use it.

Not everyone is for you

People may seem sincere, smile and happy for you, but be careful who you share your dreams with.

Health is important

Eating healthily and exercise is not for “others,” you should take care of yourself and learn early to have a healthy lifestyle.


You come first, don’t compromise your piece of mind for anyone or anything else.

Let go

The length of a relationship doesn’t equate quality and it shouldn’t be a reason to stay. If it isn’t working let it go.


Learn to be patient because life doesn’t go the way we wish at times.

Be you

Embrace your flaws and imperfections because they set you apart from the rest, make them work for you.

Be present

Don’t be too concerned with wanting to grow up, instead slow down and enjoy every moment and live.

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