Meg Jay: Why 30 is Not the New 20

This is one of my favorite TED Talks… Ever.  Meg Jay really opens up your eyes and provides a little tough love herself. Take 15 minutes to watch this, you won’t regret it!


16 thoughts on “Meg Jay: Why 30 is Not the New 20

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  2. 30 is truly not the new 20! My son continues to pay for mistakes that he made in his 20s and he would do anything to rewind time and make better decisions. Your 20 are your time to lay the solid foundation. Your 30s are GRIND TIME if you ask me. By your 40s, hopefully the grind was beneficial and if so, you can start to rest as your residual income streams should be paying off by now.

  3. You mean 20 somethings won’t be able to make excuses anymore? I am uncertain why we always lowered the bar. Another misconception is that you cannot make any real mistakes until you’re 30.

  4. Very insightful tedtalk! she is right in all aspects and I wish I’ve seen this on my 20th birthday because this tap would have been the best gift anyone could have given me! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Ha so true 30 IS NOT the new 20. Sometimes that can be depressing for us approaching that magical cut off age where you are beyond a doubt an adult and can’t even hope to claim kid status anymore. If you like interesting quotes and sayings that often touch on points like this you should check out my new book The Easy road Becomes Hard and The Hard Road Becomes Easy on amazon

  6. Loved the talk! Its refreshing to hear someone actual encourage others to take their 20s seriously. I was blessed and fortunate enough to have met the love of my life at 17 and by the time I was 20 I was married with two children. I have always been told repeatedly how much I have ‘missed’ of life. How the fact that I have never had the experience of those ‘musical chairs’ and had quit the game before I was even able to enter those bars and clubs, means I lack wisdom.
    I have tried to advise my relatives in abusive relationships that they are worth more than that but I always get the same reply, ‘You couldn’t possibly understand’. I do believe happiness is in our own hands and regardless of any situation or age, life should be thought out and taken seriously. You can have fun whilst staying safe and doing what is best for all of you (emotionally, physically and spiritually).

  7. This was a great TED Talk! To be honest, just glancing at the title first, I thought the talk would be a little condescending/putting down those 20-somethings who take a little time to arrive at a place they are comfortable with. Instead it’s just educating them about how to do that properly.
    I particularly like the idea of identity capital. However, I think it’s also important to put your identity capital in a variety of places, and not have your eggs in one basket. For instance, I want to be a teacher, but I’m also interested in writing so I started blogging a few weeks ago with that intent.
    Thanks for posting this. From a 20-something.

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