Being Well Podcast: Things We Wish We Knew in Our 20s
March 18, 2024

Our 20s are a unique decade filled with opportunity…including the opportunity to make a lot of mistakes. On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Rick and Forrest share (roughly) 10 things they wish they’d known back then. They explore the balance of enjoying freedom with the compounding value of effort, a framework for finding meaning and purpose, and some of the common pitfalls that keep us stuck. Regardless of where you are in life, you’ll learn how to find and embrace your natural talents, appreciate meaningful relationships, and see things in a new light. 

You can watch this episode on YouTube.

Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction 
  • 1:35: The importance of the choices you make in your 20s
  • 4:45: Balance the freedom of youth with the value of action
  • 8:00: Embrace mentorship
  • 13:40: Find the Three Circles: Talent, Enjoyment, and Values
  • 21:30: Try things, and let yourself change
  • 24:20: Avoid getting stuck (and codependent relationships)
  • 27:35: Identify useful feedback
  • 31:00: Avoid swerving away from natural talents, kindred spirits, good advice, and failure
  • 36:05: The intrinsic value of creating, and lightening up about results
  • 38:25: Focus on where you have agency
  • 44:45: Appreciate relationships based on shared values
  • 46:55: You get to decide what your relationships look like
  • 47:50: Showing appreciation for your younger self
  • 49:50: Recap

Forrest is now writing on Substack, check out his work there.

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