Advice To 20-Somethings: A Guest Post

Welcome, friends! And a big “Thank-You” to Rachel Anne for the Company Girls shout-out. I’ll post about the prayer breakfast next week.

Meanwhile, some of you may be in your 20s, or have kids in their 20s. I wanted to share some helpful tips from Michael Perkins. To be honest, I can’t remember how I came across Michael’s excellent blog. But I’m glad I did. Michael describes himself as “a husband, pastor, blogger, creative, and a map maker.” He graciously gave me permission to re-post this essay, which has been stuck in my head since I first read it a month ago.

I encourage you to visit Michael’s “Handwritten” blog here. Most of his posts are, indeed, handwritten (but not this one). You can read them in 15 seconds and spend hours thinking about them. As Michael says, “If you want to be stretched, if you want honest, if you want simple, then this blog is for you.”

And now, here are Michael’s words…



I’m a 20 something.

Well, I am for about 60 days and then I’ll be a 30 something. (That makes me feel old just typing)

The thing about 20 something’s is that many of us desire to be influencers. Many of us desire to be leaders. Many of us desire to change the world.

All of that is great.

But I believe that many of us neglect to do certain things because of pride, insecurity, and a sense of entitlement.


Here are a few things that I believe are crucial to learn if we want to do anything of importance.

Change Your World First

It’s true.

If you want to change anything you need to start with yourself.

Be an example.

It’s really hard to listen to anyone who hasn’t been there before or who isn’t willing to change themselves. In fact, these people sound hypocritical.

On the other hand…

It’s really easy to listen to someone who has made changes. To someone who’s trying.

It makes them credible.

Be Teachable

You don’t know it all.

Learn to appreciate those who came before you and listen to what they have to say. They have accumulated wisdom and life experience that could make all the difference in the world to you.


You’re not going to re-invent the wheel, but you can improve the wheel.

And you can improve the wheel by finding someone who’s been there before. Someone who’s willing to pour into you.

And then learn as much as you can from them.


Drop the pride and drop the ego and start being teachable.

Be Willing to Mess Up

Don’t let fear stop you from stepping out in faith. Don’t let fear be your dictator.

Fear will tell you that you suck.

Fear will tell you that are not good enough.

Fear will tell you that you can’t.

If you are going to change the world, you will mess up. And you will fail. Don’t believe what fear has to say.


Learn from your mistakes and failures.

And adapt.

There’s Nothing Stopping You But You.

There really isn’t.

So go.

Go and be a difference maker.

Go and change the world.

We need you to.

Are you a 20 something? What lessons have you learned? If you’re not a 20 something what advice would you give?


You can view the original post here.

Thanks for reading,
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About Jan C. Johnson

Welcome! If you like food, reading, laughing over life's little disasters, and maybe thinking about the bigger things of life, you have come to the right place. Besides blogging, I write humorous fiction, though real life tends to leave fictional humor in the shade. But I'm not a total goofball. No, really. I'm also working on a biography project. I live in North Texas with my husband, Brent. We enjoy bicycling, Mexican food, and traveling to visit our kids and grandkids.
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8 Responses to Advice To 20-Somethings: A Guest Post

  1. Thanks for sharing this essay, Jan. It’s a great reminder!


  2. Shanda says:

    What a great post. I think I will go over to Michael’s blog now!


  3. Jan says:

    Thanks for visiting, ladies! Glad you like the post. Even this 50-something picked up some good ideas!


  4. Jen says:

    Lots of good ideas here. One I’m taking to heart is being the example!


  5. Marie says:

    Well, it’s been a VERY long time since I’ve been in my 20’s but I think he’s got some good points for any age really. Thank you so much for giving us the heads up about his blog.


  6. This was wonderful! …”Don’t believe what fear has to say”….I wish someone had told me this in my 20’s. The good news is that I heard it in my forties, and the fifties(coming sooner than I imagined) will be different because of it…
    Thanks for sharing.


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