(P1) If we’re going to successfully NAVIGATE our 20s, then we need to stop believing the following lies right now:

(P2) 1. I’m the Only One Struggling

(P3) Since publishing two books for 20-SOMETHINGS, I’ve received thousands of emails all basically saying the same thing: “I feel so alone.”

(P4) Our 20s are tough. That’s the truth. Yet, too many 20-somethings are struggling all by themselves.

(P5) We all need help. We all need support. We all need NUDGES, advice, and encouragement.

(P6) Too many 20-somethings are busy working on their social media profiles, and yet are still wondering why everyone else’s lives look more glamorous than theirs.

(P7) No one’s life is as amazing as his or her Instagram feed makes it look. We connect through our shared struggles, not our Photoshopped perfection.

(P8) No one has it all figured out. The 20-somethings who think they do are the ones in for the biggest shock of all.

(P9) 2. I Should Be Successful by Now! Like Right Now!

(P10) I fully expected to walk straight into a crazy-successful 20-something life with ACCOLADES, salaries, bonuses, and a PLETHORA of people who wanted to learn my secrets to success, all by 23 years old. Maybe 25 if I really hit some serious SETBACKS.

(P11) I didn’t realize that success takes time — lots of time.

(P12) Success is like the SISTINE CHAPEL — it takes years, pain, frustration, thousands of brushes, colors, and CRUMPLED up sketches before you have your MASTERPIECE.

(P13) The Mark Zuckerbergs of the world are rare. COUNTLESS famed figures that we idolize all failed in their 20s.

(P14) Success is not a SPRINT, it’s a MARATHON.

(P15) Our 20s are about building our ENDURANCE so that we can run the race in the future.

(P16) Your 20s are a time to set yourself up for success.

(P17) 3. I Am a Failure

(P18) The millennial generation doesn’t do failure extremely well.

(P19) Your 20s are about STRATEGIC failures, going for something bigger and harder than you can handle and learning in the process of a failed END RESULT.

(P20) The only failure of our 20s would be if we never had any failures.

(P21) Failure doesn’t ruin your story, failure helps you write it. You can fail, just don’t start calling yourself a failure.

(P22) There’s only one way to be successful in our 20s — fail, TWEAK, then try again.

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If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Have you felt pressure to succeed at an early age?
  3. The article suggests that we grow as a result of our failures. Has that been true for you?
  4. The article also suggests that many people are creating GLITTERING social media images that do not reflect the reality of their lives. Do you think that is true?
  5. Is society in your country becoming more youth-ORIENTED, or less?


What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • 20-something
  • End result

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