the uncertainty of success

12 Things Every Twenty-Something Should Do For A Productive, Successful Life

1. Travel.

2. Accept uncertainty.

3. Be curious.

4. Be open minded.

5. Learn from adversity.

6. Foster the growth mindset.

7. Get out of your comfort zone.

8. Don’t hold onto the wrong things.

9. Don’t wait for the right time or the right thing to say.

10. Don’t look for the perfect scenarios, partner, or job.

Two more things twenty-somethings should do for a productive life.

If you’re an aspiring author, director, musician, startup founder, these long stretches of nothing are a huge reason why it’s important to pick something personally meaningful, something that you actually love to do. When external rewards and validation are nonexistent; when you suffer through bouts where of jealousy, wondering “How come so-and-so got signed/is successful/got a deal/etc?”; when every new development seems like a kick in the stomach, the love of what you are doing gives you something to hang onto.

Ang Lee

(via Elliot Rausch)