21 Pieces Of Life Changing Advice For Kenyans in Their 20s As We Begin 2021


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Legendary author, playwright, and poet Oscar Wilde once said that good advice is meant to be shared. “It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself,”- Oscar Wilde

Oh and Elon Musk, the man who recently dashed past Bezos in the wealthy men’s steeplechase to become the World’s richest man avered that it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.

“I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.”

And so here are 21 nuggets for those in their twenties 

  1. Sheath it: Condoms are even given for free. Do not be a walking specimen of herpes, chlamydia, and other STIs. You have your whole life ahead of you and the burden of HIV or the responsibilities of an unplanned pregnancy isn’t one you want to shoulder.

2. The Journey of life is not about Speed but Direction. Stop comparing yourself to your mates. The worst form of self-loathe is comparison. Theodore termed it the thief of joy. Your journey, your story- it is unique, different. It May take longer but you will get there.

3. Stop Being Apolitical: You spend so much energy sending each other nudes, twerking on TikTok, cruising the Social Media streets from dawn to dusk but will not bother to get acquainted with the political issues of the Country. Bertolt Brecht calls you the ‘Politically Illiterate.” Don’t you know even the price of those weaves is influenced by politics? And to the rest who are politically woke, tweeting and quarreling on WhatsApp groups is not enough, hit the streets when and if need be. Be an activist. We are the demographic with the tyranny of numbers

A group of activists demonstrating against unemployment in Nairobi, Kenya on October 9, 2019. – A lack of jobs, especially for youth, has slowed down the economy to a point where unemployed adults depend on the small working class group that is stretching family resources and consuming savings for future investments. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)

4. Know your Career or Business path early and prepare for it mentally, academically. You will spend at least three or four decades of your life working so go for something you enjoy doing.

5. Microwave can cook noodles. But cannot boil Githeri. Nothing worth the sweat comes easy. We are a generation averse to the process but drawn to the finished product. Embrace hard work, persistence, perseverance, and dignity.

6. On money: “Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.” Now that is not from the writer but a quote from Warren Buffet. He is in the top five wealthiest men so of course, he knows what he is saying. You are never too young to start saving. The earlier, the better.

7. Handle breakups with poise. It is your heart that is broken, not a rib. Stop social media insults, blackmails, and tantrums. Unless you are what, a four year old? Instead, learn from the heartbreak. Do better next time.

8. A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away. And hobby here is not DMing random women for nudes, binge drinking every weekend, trolling others endlessly online, and other vices. It better be productive and constructive- something that can even earn you the extra coin.

9. Travel if you can. Even just within the Country. It helps you experience life in different ways. Traveling is actually also a good remedy for stress, anxiety, and depression. Traveling is one of the best ways to enhance personal growth. It enables you to do things different from your daily routine activities. When you travel, you step out from your comfort zone to a different environment

10. Create memories with your loved ones.

“Life is not what one lived, but what One remembers and how One remembers it in order to recount it”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

11. Your Parents, teachers, older folks are not outdated. Listen to their counsel. There is wisdom that comes with experience

“Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days (Proverbs 19:20)”

12. The most important decision of your life is who you will marry. Warren Buffett, Melinda Gates, and Sheryl Sandberg all agree on this.

“You want to associate with people who are the kind of person you’d like to be. You’ll move in that direction. And the most important person by far in that respect is your spouse. I can’t overemphasize how important that is.” Buffet said in a 2017 interview.

13. Your network is your net worth. Sounds cliche right? Well, it is a sound cliche

14.Loss: Perhaps the only universal truth about getting older is that we lose things as we age. Time takes from us what we can never get back. Opportunity, circumstances, abilities, looks, people we care about. Maybe loss catches up to some of us sooner than others, but it catches up to everyone eventually. I’ve found that approaching life with this mindset has been helpful

15.“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” Arthur Ashe

16. Failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”- Winston S. Churchill

17. Don’t have a baby with a nitwit just because she has a fat ass or brown skin. Or just because he has money. Babies are your legacy.

18. Home is your cave away from the noise of the world. Make it comfortable and peaceful

19. A little Machiavellian tactic will come in handy. Turning the other cheek only works for Jesus who knew He would resources. In the real world, hit back. Or your foes will hound the life out of you

20. Have a plan A. B and even C if you can. If the covid-19 pandemic did not teach you that then I do not know what will.

21. Read. Read. Read. Too many ignoramuses around

And here is a bonus, Take care of your mental health.

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