20 pieces of advice for people in their twenties (from some really successful people)

Breakfast, water, and a book called 'Damn Good Advice'

Your twenties are filled with questions.

Where should you live? What kind of job should you get? How do you even get that job? Why does that person seem to be more successful than you? Is it okay to be where you are in life at this point? Or should you be doing more?

And unfortunately your twenties are also a time when you don’t often get a lot of answers.

Or at least you don’t get a lot of the answers you’re looking for. Which is why I felt that gathering a list of advice together would be a good way to start off this site for the 20-somethings out there.

Continue on below for some advice from celebrities, finance gurus, and people who have been in the exact same shoes as you once-upon-a-time.

On Self-Worth / Confidence:

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Alison Brie

“I probably would be like ‘You’re beautiful! Enjoy your body!’ I remember in my 20s just always being so unhappy with my body. My body was beautiful!”


“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”

Allison Janney

“Develop a strong sense of self. Know what you like to do. Get to know yourself before you let anyone else into your party. I’m very much a people pleaser at the expense of myself. That’s always been something I wish I had done more of—take care of myself before anyone else.”

Emma Stone

“I remind myself to be kind to myself, and as slightly ridiculous as it may sound, to treat myself in the same gentle way I’d want to treat a daughter of mine. It really helps.”

Adam Levine

“It’s much more interesting to embrace who you really are rather than waste energy pretending to be someone else.”

For more advice like this check out this article from People, or this article from Alloy.

On Struggle:

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Chrissy Metz

“You’re not ready. You’re not ready. It’s going to be unbelievable. Just stay grounded and hold on tight.”

Kerry Washington

“The things that challenge you the most in life are probably going to be the things that you look back on and are so grateful for because they made you better. So, the things that challenge you, try to be grateful for them and try to imagine how they have been put in your life specifically to help you.”

Queen Latifah

“If I could have talked to my 19- or 20-year-old self, I would have said, ‘You’re going to be fine. It ain’t that serious!’”

Drew Barrymore

“Life is very interesting… In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.”

Lady Gaga

“I learned that my sadness never destroyed what was great about me. You just have to go back to that greatness, find that one little light that’s left. I’m lucky I found one little glimmer stored away.”

For more quotes about hard times you can check out this article from the Huffington Post.

On Careers:

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Maya Angelou

“My paternal grandmother, Mrs. Annie Henderson, gave me advice that I have used for 65 years. She said, ‘If the world puts you on a road you do not like, if you look ahead and do not want that destination which is being offered and you look behind and you do not want to return to your place of departure, step off the road. Build yourself a new path.”

J.K. Rowling

“It would’ve really helped to have someone who had had a measure of success come say to me, ‘You will fail. That’s inevitable. It’s what you do with it.'”

Oprah Winfrey

“The way through the challenge is to get still and ask yourself, ‘What is the next right move?’ Not think about, ‘Ooh, I got all of this to figure out.’ What is the next right move? And then from that space, make the next right move and the next right move … then you won’t be overwhelmed by it, because you know your life is bigger than that one moment.”

George Clooney

“I had to stop going to auditions thinking, ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’ I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem. You could feel the difference in the room immediately. The greatest lesson I learned was that sometimes you have to fake it. And you have to be willing to fail.”

Gordon Ramsay

“Put your head down and work hard. Never wait for things to happen make them happen for yourself through hard graft and not giving up.”

For more advice on careers you can check out these articles from the Job Network and Business Insider.

On Money:

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Mark Cuban

“[I wish I knew] that credit cards are the worst investment that you can make. That the money I save on interest by not having debt is better than any return I could possibly get by investing that money in the stock market. I thought I would be a stock-market genius. Until I wasn’t… I should have paid off my cards every 30 days.”

Blake Mycoskie (founder TOMS)

“In my 20s I wish I knew that the best advice for any person is to follow their passion as opposed to chasing money. I’ve seen time and time again that the people who foster their true passions and true callings are the ones that end up the most successful.

“It’s hard in your 20s not to worry about money, but to focus on making sure you do something you love. Today, I feel like every time I’ve made a decision at TOMS that I’m passionate about and improves someone’s life, the company grows and makes more money.”

Kevin Cleary (CEO of Clif Bar & Company)

“In my 20s, I wish I better understood the power of investing. At the time, I had fewer expenses, more free time, and a long investment horizon — it would have been the perfect time to learn about investing.

Kin Hubbard (Cartoonist)

“The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket.”

Katelyn Gleason (Founder/CEO of Eligible)

“It wasn’t until later in my 20s, living paycheck-to-paycheck working as a waitress in New York City, that I really realized how dramatically money could impact my career trajectory. I realized that until I paid off my debt, necessity would continue to limit my current and future career options. So I buckled down and focused all of my energy on saving until I was finally debt-free.”

You can read more on money advice from successful businessmen and women here and here.


Do you have any advice for a twenty-something? Ever received good advice yourself? Let us know below!

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