Your 20s are filled with confusing questions. Should you get married? Where should you live? What career should you pursue?
If you’re having trouble answering any of these questions, perhaps you should be asking different ones.
Doing so will help you gain some insight into your personal wants and needs, so that it will hopefully be easier to make those key decisions about jobs and relationships.
Keep in mind that there’s no right answer to any of these questions, and your responses may change over time. The point is to start thinking about what you hope to accomplish in your lifetime — and how you’ll make it happen.
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1. If I were to die tomorrow, would I feel satisfied with my life?
At this point in your life, you may assume you’ve got decades ahead. Hopefully, you’re right.
Still, that’s no reason to put off personal fulfillment until later. Make the necessary changes today.
As Quora user Matthew Jones writes, “If you’re dissatisfied with your life as it is right now, spending time re-evaluating how you manage your time is important. There are no certainties in life and there may not be a tomorrow, so while setting long-term goals and planning for the future is important, you need to find a way to soak up life.”
2. What is my unique value proposition?
Writes Nicolas Cole: “ This is the fancy, adult way of saying, ‘What can only I do?’ In business, there is always a lot of talk about ‘value proposition.’ What are you proposing and how much value will it bring?”
It’s similar to a question from Fred Landis: “Is there anything I can do easily that others find hard?”
Once you uncover your unique value proposition or talent, you can work on becoming an expert in that area. As A.J. Agrawal writes at Inc.: “Have three to four news outlets that specialize in your value proposition, and make sure you take time to read them every day. Start sharing articles on your social media, and then begin blogging or writing articles about the subject. Over time, more and more people will recognize you as an expert in your field.”
3. Who inspires me most?
“Think about the one person you most want to emulate. Who is it? Now what is it about their story or character that draws you to them? Write down the words that come to mind. The person you want to be like the most tells you a lot about who you hope to become.”