I’ve gotten in the habit of listening to TED Talks on my way to work. Last week, I discovered a list of talks created by Levo League that you just have to listen to while you’re in your twenties. I decided to give it a go and, in doing so, I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised (You go, Levo League.)
So, the other morning on my way to work, I heard the following statement blare over my speakers: “8/10 of the most defining moments of your life happen before the age of thirty-five.” Am I the only one that was kinda freaked out by this? Of course there are the crazy remember able defining moments like graduating from college, getting married and having kids but that’s only three – what are the other five? How do I know if they’ve already happened?
Well guess what? After much consideration, counsel, and coffee, I’ve come to the realization that I don’t know what they are or what they will be. This is why it’s so important that we start taking chances, absorbing knowledge and learning from our mistakes right now – you never know if the hardship that you’re experiencing right now is going to be pivotal to your future! The only way to figure it out is to take all of the chances that you can and to make each experience the best one it can be. Now is not the time to be lazy, miss out on opportunities or be a know-it-all (we all do it, but seriously – calm it down.)
One of the best (most cliché) statements I’ve ever heard is that you miss 100% of the shots you never take. Whatever it is that you want in life that you’ve been afraid to go after, you just have to go for it. Don’t miss out on a promotion, a raise, a networking opportunity, heck even a free meal because you’re in your comfort zone. For all of my graduates, one of those defining moments has already happened. Imagine what else is in store.
Click here to listen to “Why 30 is Not the New 20” and other motivational Ted Talks.
❤ Kayla Alexander, PABPG PR Chair and Blog Contributor