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Your 20s are the defining years of your adult life. Don’t let this precious decade idly pass you by.


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It’s time for a reality check: Though the idea that 50 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 30 is gaining popularity, clinical psychologist Meg Jay warns that 30 is not the new 20. Yet many twentysomethings treat these years as an “extended adolescence.” Those who fail to take their careers and relationships seriously during this “defining decade” reduce their chances of success and happiness later in life. getAbstract encourages all twentysomethings to put down their smartphones, game controllers and margaritas and pay attention to Jay’s solid advice. Be warned: This frank talk may cause drifting thirtysomethings to sob uncontrollably.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why many young adults coast through their 20s
  • How this attitude damages their chances for future success
  • What three actions twentysomethings can take to improve their prospects


Twentysomethings are inclined to have a blasé attitude about being in their 20s. They shrug off this carefree mind-set by claiming that “30 is the new 20.” As a society, people marry later, start a family later and even die later, so taking a relaxed approach to your 20s may seem justified. But if you...
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Clinical psychologist Meg Jay wrote The Defining Decade.

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