Most impactful habits for recent grads?


Hi all,

I'm starting full-time work this summer in a non-technical tech job, working ~40 hrs/week. With the flexibility in not having insane hours, I'm really looking forward to hustling outside of work on fun side projects, and other ways to personally develop. Possible roadmap items include joining more prestigious tech company in ~1-2 years, moving abroad to work related role in American company in ~1-2 years, attempting to break into consulting as industry hire (I know, it's challenging) after ~1-2 years, eventually joining top MBA program within 5 years, and unknown what happens after.

Guess what I'm asking is: what life-changing habits, lifestyle decisions, priorities did you have in your early 20s that you recommend? I.e. weekend habits, approach to dating/socializing, thoughts on how to (or how not to) navigate office politics, ways to hack together side projects/pitch decks to see what sticks, ways to personally develop, etc.

Here's to 2020 being a big year for all of us and our personal paths towards self-development!


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Jan 7, 2020 - 3:45pm

Go to gym before work every morning

Socialize with driven people in your area, start looking for a life partner

Read nonfiction

Do reasonably stupid shit so you can hold the memories when you're on the grind or too old for that nonsense.

Jan 8, 2020 - 12:18pm

make use of your calendar - for both work and personal reminders

"we do not reach the peaks of these mountaints, without first learning to give up our want to surrender" - shanke koyzcan
Jan 8, 2020 - 12:47pm

Hit the gym and lift weights. Compound, full body exercises (squats, deadlifts, benchpress, overhead press). Throw in some HIIT for cardio. Eat clean and develop healthy sleep and eating habits (don't make stupid Seamless choices). I started in my 30's. which while never too late, I wish I had been doing that since undergrad and would be in so much better shape. Tremendous confidence booster. Be the chad you wish to see in the world.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
Jan 8, 2020 - 2:05pm

Read books. People really stop picking up books once they leave school for the last time. Also, wear condoms. Poon is out there, but you can't get rid of herpes, or a pregnant chick. Also, remember the first two years are not expendable; they will set the tone for your career. But, no one's expecting you to be at the peak of your career, you just need to not F*** it up. And it will go by quick and never come back. After your first 2 years, you're usually about 24, which means you're about to turn 25 and any cute excuses due to being young will no longer be effective.

Jan 8, 2020 - 2:24pm


Guess what I'm asking is: what life-changing habits, lifestyle decisions, priorities did you have in your early 20s that you recommend? I.e. weekend habits, approach to dating/socializing.

I slept around even more and drank throughout the weekend. Wouldn't have changed a thing.

I don't know... Yeah. Almost definitely yes.
Jan 9, 2020 - 8:34pm

So besides the good advice you have gotten so far (gym, reading, etc.)... I would add this major part...

Write out major goals, milestones, and your plans/actions to getting them done. Go beyond the next five years, go 10, 15, even 25, and 50 years out. Be very specific. I've done this since college and found it to be very powerful. Yes, your plans will change and shit happens, but I've hit goals and milestones years ahead of time also. I've read that seriously rich business people and entrepreneurs have this in common, do it!

One book recommendation that doesn't get mentioned enough... Millionaire Mind by Thomas Stanley. It's like 20 years old now, but one of my favorite, it really captures what makes people actually successful. Don't bother with his other book, Millionaire Next Door, it's boring.

Good luck!

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:40am

cold showers. They do bits, plus they get rid of stress RAPIDLY. Start from the feet going to legs and then to hands and arms then chest and then back with the top of the back and then your head. Make sure to keep breathing during the shower ie dont hold your breath due to the shock of the cold, short rapid breaths is calm - encourages a flight or fight scenario and so triggers the best body response.

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:57am

Learn how to meal prep.

An incoming medical student interested in health tech, consulting, and entrepreneurship.
Jan 16, 2020 - 3:57pm

Be open to exploring different events and classes around your city. The hardest thing that limits most graduates post-college is the inability to independently expand horizons. In college and high school, we've been trained to befriend and associate with those close by to us by convenience or proximity, which is further deepened by the real world's lack of explicit benchmarks and apathy.

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