Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20

By Elana Harari

Fair warning; your current mindset will determine whether you watch this and find it motivating, or curl into a ball and rock back-and-fourth.

Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist who specialises in adult development (hint: with a focus on twenty-somethings). In this TedTalk, she tells it how it is to empower viewers to take control of their lives today, as these decisions will have an impact on who you are and the life you live in the future.

As Jay states ‘we know that 80 percent of life’s most defining moments take place by age 35. That means that eight out of 10 of the decisions and experiences and “Aha!” moments that make your life what it is will have happened by your mid-30s’.

And what does this mean?

When you have a decision to make and you tell yourself that you have 10 extra years to start your life’ – nothing happens. You don’t make the decision that leads to growth and lessons, and you rob yourself of urgency and ambition. You lose your opportunity to build your identity capital.

We won’t spoil this video as it is another staple of the Loud Days office, but we do suggest you see this as a positive and use it as a reminder that our future depends on no one but ourselves.

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