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A Bold Message for Twentysomethings



Have fifteen minutes to spare? Watch this life-altering TedTalk by Meg Jay. Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.


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Below are some key themes and quotes from her TedTalk.


  • "Claiming your 20s is one of the simplest, yet most transformative, things you can do for work, for love, for your happiness, maybe even for the world."

  • Enact a sense of urgency and ambition in your twenties or "absolutely nothing will happen."

  • The importance of gaining identity capital. "By "get identity capital," I mean do something that adds value to who you are. Do something that's an investment in who you might want to be next... Identity capital begets identity capital. So now is the time for that cross-country job, that internship, that startup you want to try."


If you are interested to learn more from Dr. Jay, take a look at some of the books she has published. The Defining Decade takes a step further on her the topic of this TedTalk by going in depth about how to advantage of your twenties. Supernormal reveals the secret world of the family hero: those who soar to unexpected heights after childhood adversity. Be sure to use our affiliate links attached above when purchasing for a portion of the proceeds benefit our nonprofit programs.

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