The #1 Reason Most 20-Somethings Get Stuck

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / July 21, 2014

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I can remember, just a few short years ago, when I would have done ANYTHING to get “unstuck”.

I had “played the game” just like I’d been told.

Went to school, picked a major that made sense, got good grades and followed the rules.

(I can see you nodding your head in agreement with me — we’ve all been there.)

But as college ended and the real world started to loom closer and closer, I had to admit…I was terrified.


Because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing…

See, I knew how to operate within the system that had been laid out for me — the traditional path of school >> more school >> career.

But there was a problem…

I didn’t want to take that route anymore.

I felt boxed in.

I felt like, if I took that path, I already knew exactly what my future would be like, down to 2.3 kids and a $56,000 salary.

(No offense to anyone with kids…but have you looked on your Facebook newsfeed? It’s scary how many people get married and/or have babies at the same time. It seems like some sort of a social programming.)

Check it: There were DOZENS of people in my life who I could lean on if I needed help taking the traditional route — guidance counselors, family, friends, etc. I mean, all these people had already traveled that route, right?

But there was literally NOBODY (and I really mean nobody) who I knew that could give me advice about venturing out on my own.

  • I wanted to start a business.
  • I wanted to make movies.
  • I wanted to go on trips.
  • I wanted to take time off “just because”
  • I wanted to have enough money to help my family if they needed it.
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And nobody had ANY idea how to help me with these things.

Then, one day, everything changed…

A lightbulb went off (err…on?)

I realized that I needed a mentor.

Someone who could guide me, hold my hand and tell me exactly what to do and when to do it.

Somebody who could tell me if the “amazing” idea I had was really good — or a complete waste of my time.

A person who could cut years off my learning curve because they’d already been there, read all the book and done all the guesswork for me.

I knew if I just had that, I’d be able to RAPIDLY accelerate my progress and get where I was going MUCH faster.

In fact, I think the #1 reason most 20-somethings get stuck is because we don’t have good mentors.

We may have supportive friends and family — but when it comes to doing something “different” oftentimes, we’re all alone.

Imagine how different your life would be if you had just one person that you could call, with any question about starting a business, breaking out of the 9-5, becoming insanely productive, etc… and have that question answered immediately.

So now, I want to know: If you had a mentor to help you move your life forward and help you solve your problems QUICKLY, what advice would you get from them?

What would you be able to accomplish with the help of a trusted advisor that you can’t do on your own?

Leave a comment and let me know! 🙂


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Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is Co-Founder of Under30Experiences, a travel company for young people ages 21-35. He is the original Co-founder of Under30CEO (Acquired 2016). Matt is the Host of the Live Different Podcast and has 50+ Five Star iTunes Ratings on Health, Fitness, Business and Travel. He brings a unique, uncensored approach to his interviews and writing. His work is published on, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others. Matt hosts yoga and fitness retreats in his free time and buys all his food from an organic farm in the jungle of Costa Rica where he lives. He is a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.