About five years ago I pretty much accomplished everything I set out to do. I had a great job that paid well. I drove an expensive car. I had a nice condo and eventually a big house. People work most of their lives for what I had managed by the time I was 30. It was all so very unfulfilling.
I have no regrets, but if I were in my early 20s today I would do things differently. The economy sucks and job prospects are terrible. Why work a crappy job in the US when you can teach English, build schools, and do countless other things abroad while learning about yourself and the world? There is so much on offer around the world that I would head abroad and explore myself more. If I had to pick the top five things I would do different, they would be this.
Probably the biggest tip that I could give anyone is not to get hung up on frivolous crap, and most things are frivolous. Really stop and think about what truly matters to you. Will it matter in one year? 5 years? Put it all in perspective. What is truly important will stand out from everything that isn’t.