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Building A Life From Zero In Your 30’s – It Ain’t Easy, But It Can Be Done

This question came to me a while ago:

“I’m in my 30’s and have accomplished nada, due to spending the majority of my adult life addicted to drugs, which prevented me from doing anything that required keeping to a schedule (school, work, etc.).

I’ve been clean a few yrs, but I’m basically where I was at 18, and the clock is ticking.”

First, let’s take a look at some specifics.

“I’m in my 30’s and have accomplished nada, due to spending the majority of my adult life addicted to drugs”

While this might’ve not been the most productive way to spend your time, the experience is only wasted if you don’t use it to your advantage. There is plenty of learning you can do by looking at this as a learning experience. I understand that you might not want to revisit this period of your life, but I’m sure you can find something you can use going forward.

“…which prevented me from doing anything that required keeping to a schedule (school, work, etc.).”

OK, so this is actually great. You see what you wish to improve and the skills you want to develop. There are time management techniques, advice on how to take notes, how to study effectively, etc. You can start looking for those on YouTube, Google, and perhaps even searching for answers/asking questions on Quora.

“I’ve been clean a few yrs, but I’m basically where I was at 18, and the clock is ticking.”

Congratulations, glad to hear you’re doing well in that respect. There are two opposing forces at work when it comes to the fact that “the clock is ticking”.

One is that we never know how much more time we’ve got, it might be a lot less than we think. The second is that we never know how much more time we’ve got, it might be a lot more than we imagine.

Some things can take a lot of time to come around. It might take you the better part of a decade to build your life up to where things are chugging along nicely.

To put undue pressures and deadlines on yourself to become successful isn’t doing yourself any favors.

I get that you might feel like you need to get there within a couple of years, but the far more important thing is that you get there, PERIOD.


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