By Mark Manson
A couple weeks ago I turned 30. Leading up to my birthday, I wrote a post on what I learned in my 20s.
But I did something else. I sent an email out to my subscribers (subscribe here) and asked readers age 37 and older what advice they would give their 30-year-old selves.
The idea was that I would crowdsource the life experience from my older readership and create another article based on their collective wisdom.
The result was spectacular. I received more than 600 responses, many of which were over a page long. It took me three days to read through them all, and I was floored by the quality of insight people sent.
So first of all, a hearty thank-you to all who contributed and helped create this article.
As I went through the emails, what surprised me most was just how consistent some of the advice was. The same five to six pieces of advice came up over and over and over again in different forms across hundreds of emails.
It seems there really are a few core pieces of advice that are particularly relevant to this decade of your life.
Below are 10 of the most common themes appearing throughout all of the 600 emails. The majority of the article is comprised of dozens of quotes taken from readers. Some are left anonymous. Others have their age listed…….