I firmly believe we are blessed to grow up in today’s day and age. We have technology that allows us to connect with people globally, advancements in medicine that can cure the worst disease, and countless opportunities even our parents didn’t have growing up. However, it is often overlooked that growing up in today’s day and age can be tough for young guys. I reached out to several of my good friends, some of which have moved to a new city after graduating, for their feedback on what they struggle with and then I narrowed it down to the three recurring struggles that all of them shared in common.
Financial literacy is a huge struggle for not only young guys but also most Americans. A 2016 article featured on Fortune.com stated that roughly two-thirds of Americans couldn’t pass a basic financial literacy test. The best way to increase your basic financial knowledge is to dive headfirst into the countless resources available online. Make it your goal to consume knowledge like no one else! Dave Ramsey is a great option for beginners, along with the Stacking Benjamins and Afford Anything podcast. I highly recommend both, especially if you want to learn more about 401Ks, credit cards, or you are looking at purchasing a home.
“Authentic”, as defined by Merriam-Webster is, “true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character.” My friends I talked to have struggled with not only developing new authentic friendships but also staying true to themselves and their values. It is so easy in today’s age, which is fueled by social media to try and be something you are not or fit in with a new group of friends. That is why I believe it is so crucial to develop a solid set of both short term and long term goals, operate off of a set of core principles, and simply just be yourself. I believe Dave Grohl stated it best when he said, “No one is you, and that is your power.”
The last thing that my friends struggled with was being at peace when things didn’t go as they had planned. Each day we build our own legacy through our actions and how we treat others but we often forget that there is a bigger plan for each of us. So while it is ok to be upset if your tee-time gets rained out, make sure you focus on the fact that it may allow you to spend time with your family instead. It is important to keep a “glass-half full” approach to life. Living a successful life is not just making tons of money and buying fancy things, it is building a legacy built on the positive impact you leave on your family, friends, and co-workers. That is how true success is measured.
I’m curious how other guys under 30 would answer the question. You can leave your top 3 in the comments section.
About the Author:
This the second guest post from Colton Macleod. He’s originally from Huntsville Alabama but moved to Nashville in August to pursue a career as a financial analyst. Colton is 23, single with no kids, which makes him perfect to represent the hopes, dreams and struggles of guys under 30.