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It's that time of the year again. Everyone and their cousin will be looking for your new years resolutions. Now, although I'm always tempted to state my real ones that involve drinking and women, they probably aren't that appropriate for your Aunt. Here are a few ideas to get you started that just so happen to be things that this blog seems to think you should stop doing in your 20's.

  • Stop trying to get away with work that’s “good enough.”
  • Stop being stingy.
  • Stop approaching adverse situations with anger and frustration
  • Stop Being Afraid, and Start Living Life

Okay, so obviously these are pretty generic but they certainly have some potential to help you out in the real world. I'll admit, although it is much more gratifying to rip some asshole's throat out over the phone, it is probably easier to take a more moderate approach towards the situation. I think it is also important to realize that stop being stingy relates to spending money on things you care about and not just buying frivolous crap to say you have it. Experiences, which many people on here always talk about spending your money on, are really priceless.

The last one is something that is particularly dear to me and something I've noticed more and more on these forums as a philosophy people should embrace. Stop fearing things and just go out and do them. Girlfriend dumping you for a more prestigious dude?You're now free to date hotter ones. Passed over for a promotion? Work harder or start something yourself. Anyway, maybe my resolution is to worry less about the downside and focus on the upsides.

If you guys are even reading at this point, what are some of your resolutions or thoughts heading into the new year?

Comments (8)

  • rogersterling59's picture

    I am very fortunate that I am working in private banking and not investment banking because it makes your last point a little bit easier to do. Sure, I still work 75-80 hours a week, but I have yet to work a weekend, or even so much as check my email between 8pm on Fridays and 6:45am on Monday mornings. And I'm one of the fortunate people that likes their jobs. It is very stressful and demanding, but you get to meet a lot of cool clients and prospects, my group is awesome, and I'm learning much more than I ever thought I would. And I know that know matter how stressful things can seem, as long as I keep a clear head and work my ass off things will get done in the end.

    I try and force myself to go out at least one Thursday a month and let loose. Our group tries to schedule an analyst/associate happy hour on Thursday every 6 weeks or so if we know we will have a light Friday to let off some steam. I live in Chicago, and pay ~$700 less a month on rent than my buddies in NYC, so I am able to save a few hundred a month for a rainy day without even thinking about cutting back on spending. You gotta add life to your days, not days to your life.

    I live with 4 fraternity brothers in an amazing apartment, we all just graduated in June and work in finance, I am having the time of my life, doing well at my job, and I know I haven't reached the peak yet. As such, my New Years resolution is to not change a single thing.

    Well, except maybe a gym membership. Eating almost as much as I did as a dlineman in college probably isn't sustainable much longer without a gym membership...

    I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

  • CaR's picture

    A few I think apply to the 20-something population at large:

    • Take an off day or two and visit a friend or family member you haven't seen in a long time. I recently did this and it goes a very long way.
    • Before you status update, Tweet, Tumble or Instagram, pause and say to yourself, “is it entirely necessary that I share this morsel of thought with my entire social network?” and if the answer is not, “yes, I absolutely must,” then step away from the Internet. No one--and I mean no one--gives a flying fuck about what you had for lunch today.
    • Spend less money than you earn each month.
    • Learn to cook and eat something new. Especially if it's a food you aren't much familiar with.
    • Learn about wine pairings.
    • Scotch.
    • If you're still blacking out regularly, you should stop. Just kidding.
    • Cut someone out of your life that you don't want or need, and add someone new. Not on facebook, on Earth.
    • Volunteer once in the first 90 days. Chances are you'll enjoy it and do it again in the next 270.

    I wanted to say something about "getting back in shape," but my developing golf body wouldn't let me

  • In reply to rogersterling59
    Walkio's picture

    rogersterling59 wrote:
    I am very fortunate that I am working in private banking and not investment banking because it makes your last point a little bit easier to do. Sure, I still work 75-80 hours a week, but I have yet to work a weekend, or even so much as check my email between 8pm on Fridays and 6:45am on Monday mornings. And I'm one of the fortunate people that likes their jobs. It is very stressful and demanding, but you get to meet a lot of cool clients and prospects, my group is awesome, and I'm learning much more than I ever thought I would. And I know that know matter how stressful things can seem, as long as I keep a clear head and work my ass off things will get done in the end.

    I try and force myself to go out at least one Thursday a month and let loose. Our group tries to schedule an analyst/associate happy hour on Thursday every 6 weeks or so if we know we will have a light Friday to let off some steam. I live in Chicago, and pay ~$700 less a month on rent than my buddies in NYC, so I am able to save a few hundred a month for a rainy day without even thinking about cutting back on spending. You gotta add life to your days, not days to your life.

    I live with 4 fraternity brothers in an amazing apartment, we all just graduated in June and work in finance, I am having the time of my life, doing well at my job, and I know I haven't reached the peak yet. As such, my New Years resolution is to not change a single thing.

    Well, except maybe a gym membership. Eating almost as much as I did as a dlineman in college probably isn't sustainable much longer without a gym membership...

    Amen to that brother.

  • In reply to rogersterling59
    Secret_Cinema's picture

    rogersterling59 wrote:
    As such, my New Years resolution is to not change a single thing.

    This. Im in a really similar situation to you but living in London... Life is good I just want it to continue this way.

  • In reply to CaR
    TO_banker's picture

    CaR wrote:
    A few I think apply to the 20-something population at large:

    • Take an off day or two and visit a friend or family member you haven't seen in a long time. I recently did this and it goes a very long way.
    • Before you status update, Tweet, Tumble or Instagram, pause and say to yourself, “is it entirely necessary that I share this morsel of thought with my entire social network?” and if the answer is not, “yes, I absolutely must,” then step away from the Internet. No one--and I mean no one--gives a flying fuck about what you had for lunch today.
    • Spend less money than you earn each month.
    • Learn to cook and eat something new. Especially if it's a food you aren't much familiar with.
    • Learn about wine pairings.
    • Scotch.
    • If you're still blacking out regularly, you should stop. Just kidding.
    • Cut someone out of your life that you don't want or need, and add someone new. Not on facebook, on Earth.
    • Volunteer once in the first 90 days. Chances are you'll enjoy it and do it again in the next 270.

    Every damn thing on point

    gotta learn about those wine pairings though...

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