22 Ways to Be Extraordinary at 22

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“Your twenties are the time to both accept and fight your way into the person you’re destined to become.” – Adam Braun

(Full list and graphic below!)

I am constantly on a journey of self-improvement.

With each source of inspiration, each person that I aspire to be like, each radically successful and impactful individual (see bottom of post for a list!) who I admire, I attempt to understand the how and why of their success(es).

I attempt to determine and understand their characteristics, their chosen path, their decisions and motivations that allowed them to achieve whatever it was they were after, and beyond.

Their careers (self-made millionaires, teachers, coaches, athletes, consultants, etc.) and their achievements vary wildly, but there are several key characteristics that they share.

As a 20-something, this information is invaluable as we continue to shape our life paths, aspirations and goals. Further, many of these points are core to the themes of ADH as I will discuss in greater detail throughout the new year.

This list is my attempt to combine some of the key characteristics and pieces of advice that I have learned from those many steps ahead of me as a 20-something just getting started.

This list of advice and guiding points that I have collected over the past year or so has helped me tremendously, and I hope it does the same for you.

A few months ago, I shared with you 22 Ways to Be Incredibly Average at 22.

This time I’m sharing the opposite list, the one you should actually take to heart, and I hope this one resonates with you many more times over…

22 Ways to be Extraordinary at 22

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1. Understand that happiness begins internally, not externally

2. Accept that you can’t please everyone, nor do you want to

3. Determine your purpose and follow your calling above all else

4. Be kind, always

5. Live in the moment and focus on what is within your control

6. Stand out

7. Be curious, ask questions

8. Never stop learning and educating yourself

9. Be apathetic to others’ judgments

10. Laugh at yourself often

11. Accept failure as a learning tool and confront it head on

12. Travel often and spend your life exploring

13. Don’t be afraid to say, “I love you bro!”

14. Don’t give up on your dreams or passions

15. Do work that excites you, fulfills you and defines who you are

16. Be comfortable getting outside of your comfort zone

17. Do what you love and what makes you come alive

18. Devote yourself to serving others

19. Understand that tomorrow is a gift that is never guaranteed

20. Set goals and aspirations that are borderline scary

21. Live for your legacy – not your resume

22. Make the most of this short time we have on this Earth. Make your life a story worth telling

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