Advice for My 20Something Self

5 things I wish I’d known
Advice for My 20Something Self

All four of my children have graduated from college in the last five years, and they are thinking more seriously about their careers now that they’re in the workforce. As I see them taking big steps and asking big questions, I’m reminded of myself at that age.

Looking back, there’s so much I wish I could tell that younger version of me! Instead, I’ll have to settle for offering advice to my Millennial daughters, sons, and their friends as they start out their own careers.

If I could go back and give my younger self advice, here is what I’d most want to say:

Stay Centered in Your Faith

Life can feel like a whirlwind. Because there’s so much to learn and see and do, it can be easy to lose track of your relationship with God. But faith isn’t something to save for your free time. Let it permeate your life. Make this your top priority because it is the most important thing you can do right now.

Other things pulling on your time and energy might be perfectly good, but they are not of ultimate importance. No matter what you accomplish at work, no matter how handsome your spouse is or how smart your kids are, we live in a broken world and troubles will come. You’ll experience betrayal and disappointment, embarrassment and failure. Your kids will test you to the core. Faith will sustain you and guide you through the darkest and lightest of times. Build your life on a firm foundation of faith, and you will not fall (Matthew 7:24–27).

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Diane Paddison

Diane Paddison is a business professional and founder of, local groups of professional working women committed to faith, family, work, and each other.

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