While women may not always seek advice, when they do, they often seek insights that are unconventional or outside the norm.
A user asked the forum, “What advice would you give to a woman in her twenties that is NOT about relationships, dating, wedding plans, pregnancy, or children related?”
“The same things I always say to young people: Don’t smoke cigarettes. Seriously, this is the 21st century. Don’t we all know better now?
Take good care of your teeth. When they go bad, it’s extremely painful, and getting them fixed is super expensive (US) and protracted even if you have dental insurance through work. You’ll never appreciate how much you use your molars till they’re gone.
WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES
“I know fashion is a thing, but you can damage your feet by wearing extreme shoes frequently, sometimes permanently, and sometimes requiring months of physical therapy. If you just have to wear pumps, take a pair of flats to wear there and back.
“Eat your veggies and stay hydrated.”
BECAME AN INTERESTING PERSON
“Try to actively work on becoming an interesting person. Do cool things, pick up cool hobbies, and don’t just follow the crowd.
It will go a long way for you. It’s advice that I’d give to anyone that age.”
GET IN SHAPE
“Get in shape and stay in shape. It can make a HUGE difference as you age.”
LEARN HOW TO USE TOOLS
“Have your own box of tools and know how to use them all.”
DON’T USE SOCIAL MEDIA
“Stay off Social Media.”
FIND A GOOD JOB
“Find a good job and make decent money, so you wouldn’t need probably half of the advice related to relationships, dating, and pregnancy.”
COPIES OF WORK CORRESPONDENCE
“Make copies of all your work correspondence. That way, you have records that will back you up in the case of management trying to screw you. Also, never make minimum payments on anything, cards, car, house, whatever.”
COWORKERS ARE NOT FRIENDS
“Your coworkers are not your friends.”
BE YOUR ADVOCATE
“Be your own best advocate: professionally, in healthcare, financially, personally, in everything. Don’t trust that the other person or party has your best interest at heart.
Do your own research for each situation to advocate or find the best advocate for the best outcome for YOU. Get a second (or third) opinion for a doctor’s prognosis, and hire an experienced attorney to review your work/rent/sale/etc.
Contracts, negotiate for the highest starting salary or extra benefits, and advocate for yourself in your networks and with mentors. It can be exhausting at times, but no one will look out for your best interests better than you.”
“Don’t rush things; enjoy life while you’re young.”
GROW A PLANT
“Grow a plant and love that plant!”
BE COMFORTABLE WITH YOURSELF
“Learn to love yourself and be comfortable being alone.”
WORK ON YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PARENTS
“Get a head start on resolving your relationship with your parents. It takes lots of us years to stop blaming them for every little problem we have (even if we’re close).
It’s really not productive and keeps you from moving forward in your life and growing as a person. Self-accountability is one of the greatest life skills to develop.”
“Don’t drink just to pass the time or numb yourself. You may find you wish you had more time or feelings later.”
START A MUTUAL FUND ACCOUNT
“Start a mutual fund account if you haven’t already.”
START RESISTANCE TRAINING
“Make resistance training a habit. It builds muscle and bone density which is super useful for a long, healthy life.”
EXPLORE THE WORLD
“Go out and explore the world. Don’t get knocked up. It’s overrated. Set yourself up financially so you can do cool stuff and stay healthy. Nowadays, guys aren’t looking to give their stuff up for some. You can find a hole anywhere.”
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