Why Your Twenties Matter
About 80% of our decisions—such as getting married and having children are made before we are 35, and 70% of lifetime wage growth happens in the first 10 years of our careers. These are sobering statistics given that many of the twenty-something are slowly wasting this precious decade of their lives. They are still waiting for Mr. or Ms. Perfect to arrive, so they put off marrying. They are still waiting to “find themselves” before they commit to a career. Children are a distant possibility, perhaps when they close in on age 40.
Here lies a deeper dilemma that prime reproductive years overlap exactly with your prime career-building years. Many twenty-something who seem to be dragging their feet when it comes to embracing full adulthood are in fact impaled on the horns of that dilemma.
It is impossible to evaluate the rationality of a decision without asking the…
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