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The Two Keys to Staying Positive in Your 20s

The desire to change the world is admirable. For multiple generations, the desire to change the status quo inspired many twenty-somethings to say something and do something new. The younger generations led us towards positive changes in our culture and led us to develop innovative technologies. Looking at the history of the last 50 years. Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, and Mark Zuckerberg were in their twenties when they started changing the world of technology. It was not a bunch of people with gray hair who were leading us to change.

The recent generations believe things need to change as well. If you are in your twenties and feel that way, I want to encourage you to stay positive even as you face long standing societal obstacles. Some of the issues you see today were brought up before, yet nothing changed. The change you are calling for won’t happen without a group of leaders exercising Positivity in the face of the challenges ahead.

Isaac Newton’s First Law had to do with inertia. Remember: A body at rest tends to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion – unless acted upon by an outside force. You will be working against societal and technological inertia. But like past generations in their twenties, you can be that outside force.

Don’t let the discouragement that often accompanies the inertia stop you. Your Positivity will fuel the people around you. Leaders truly prove themselves when they exercise Positivity in the face of big obstacles or overwhelming resistance to change.

To exercise Positivity in the big moments, you have to prepare yourself in the small ones. Our attitudes are like a muscle, the more we exercise them the stronger they get. If you allow yourself to fall into negativity based on smaller disappointments, it would be naïve to believe you’d be prepared for the difficulties you’ll face later in life.