20 Things People Over 20 Should Stop Doing

20 Things People Over 20 Should Stop Doing

Here are 20 things people over 20 should stop doing. And believe me, I’ve been guilty of most of them.

1. Playing video games instead of looking for a job.

Video games can be extremely fun, but those games can sure take up a lot of valuable time that could be spent on more important areas of life. There is nothing wrong with playing them, as long as you balance the time needed for school, work, and other important aspects of life.

2. Spending money you don’t have.

Credit cards may seem like an easy way to pay for things you really want, but in the long run they could really hurt you if not properly used. Stick to cash, debit, or checks. This may seem old-school, but they will definitely help you manage your money.

3. Using the term “YOLO.”

Simple. Please stop using it.

4. Only going to church to find a relationship.

Not only will you hurt yourself in the long run, but you are also selfishly taking time away from a man or woman who is seeking after God’s wisdom and guidance. You can definitely find a great relationship at church, but don’t make that your only reason for attending.

5. Citing “-Google” on a college paper or work presentation. 

It’s not a valid citation, and it could get you in some  trouble.

6. Thinking you know it all.

Nobody want’s to spend time around a know-it-all. Walk in a posture of learning, and embrace every opportunity to gain new knowledge and wisdom.

7. Dating with no vision.

You’re confusing your heart, and you’re hurting the hearts of others.

8. Demanding respect before you’ve earned it.

Don’t get prideful. Learn to scrub the floors before you ask to manage the building. Don’t let self entitlement get the best of you.

9. Waiting until the last minute to do things.

Stop procrastinating! Teach yourself diligence in all circumstances. Not only will this help you in your day-to-day life, but it will always help you set yourself up for the future.

10. Getting in arguments over social media.

Nobody wants to see your drama on their news feed. Keep it to yourself and the people involved. Handle each situation in a mature and honorable manner.

11. Blaming others for your own mistakes

 Drop your pride. Accept your failures. Learn from your mistakes. You will learn a lot from the process.

12. Relying on your mother and father to constantly bail you out of trouble.

Learn to take care of yourself instead of always relying on your mother and father. They aren’t always going to be around to help you.

13. Calling off work for no reason.

 You aren’t doing anyone a favor by calling off. Learn to be responsible, and value that job someone else in the world wishes they had.

14. Ignoring wisdom from people who are older than you.

You don’t know everything. Take time to learn from people who having been living longer than you.

15. Thinking minimum wage is worse than no job at all.

Don’t believe the lie that money is everything. Any job is a good start. Give your full attention to any job, no matter the pay.

16. Pretending like you didn’t know any better.

Purposeful ignorance will only get you so far. Own up to your mistakes and take each failure as an opportunity to learn.

17. Using the excuse, “I’m too young.”

You’re never too young. There is always room for you to succeed when hope is on your side. Have faith in yourself and the gifts God has given you.

18. Living in the moment, and not planning for the future.

Be diligent, and plan for the future. Give yourself some goals, dreams, and future aspirations. Give yourself something to wake up for in the morning.

19. Giving up before you start. Stop making excuses!

Excuses won’t get you anywhere! Better to try and fail than to regret never trying at all. At least you will learn something.

20. Being Passive.

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll eventually fall for anything.

No one is perfect, and these points are all things I myself have once struggled with or been witness of.

- Jarrid Wilson


What else should people over 20 stop doing? Leave a comment below!


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  • Nynphadorame June 22, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    I don’t go to church, but I didn’t know people went to church for relationships. That’s the last place I’d look for it.

  • Anthony June 21, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Stop thinking blogging is a real way to change the world.

    • Rachel June 27, 2014 at 7:56 PM


    • nameless0921 September 9, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Mass media helps reach out people around the world. A lot. So stop being so selfish of whatever blessings you have. You can’t bring it when you’re dead. :)

  • michelle June 21, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    I agree with most of this. The thing about not having credit cars i dont. I think you can get them but us them for gas and then pay it off. I had to actually get a store card to build my credit. You will not be able to get a house with out lines of credit. And if you are lucky to get one other than a store one then the credit limit shouldnt be higher than 300 dollars. I brought my house when i was 25. I do have other credit cards now to.

  • Rachel June 19, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Hmmm, 31 year old stay at home mom of four here. Call me green, but what the heck is YOLO??

  • JG April 12, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    My younger staff members tend to be okay with leaving a task half way done and walking away – either because it’s the end of their 8 hour day, or because they are distracted and forget to return. I’d like to help 20 somethings realize that we all need to be responsible for the things that others depend on us for, and you are making someone else’s job difficult if you stop in the middle. I’m not saying all 20 somethings fall in this category, but the longer you’re on the planet, the more obvious it becomes that you are part of a mechanism that can become a well oiled machine if you pull all of your weight and care about the bigger picture.

  • darkpenguin350 March 27, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Where is wearing horned rimmed glasses/ray bans???

    • Ricky Ponulak April 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      you’re not allowed to wear Ray Bans if you’re over 20 years old?

    • Jason November 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      How about if you weren’t alive when they came out, you’re too young to have any claim to them?

  • joe March 19, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I like the messages in the article, but too many people THINK others are guilty of these “classic mistakes” and it often detracts from real issues at hand.

  • tilinhlan March 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    I like it. :) Especially the YOLO part. I think people just don’t think much about that term and use it indiscriminately.

  • Mary Fe Montalban March 14, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    ouch this is such a wake up call

  • Bree February 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    I’m 28 and I loved this article! My job requires me to work with people of all ages as they are trained for a career in healthcare and I am just baffled day-to-day by some of the behavior I see from people older than me!! Sadly a large majority of the ones younger than me don’t see anything wrong with many actions included on this list. In speaking with employers daily-they will not tolerate any of the above. I am not saying I’m not guilty of some of these but I loved reading it to see what I should be more conscientious of! Thanks Mr. Author Sir!

  • Tyler February 26, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    In reference to the comments on this article and our everyday world- Everyone, not just the target audience of this article, should stop being offended by everything. I’m 23, just started my second business, and in college, but I fully agree with the professor who commented- the fact that you were offended by the article is the very reason you are the intended audience. If this sort of constructive criticism offends you, I’d hate to see how you react in the real world.

  • Peggy February 25, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Learn to speak properly and set the phone aside when you are with other people. There is a lot to be said for eye contact.

    • cpolk March 4, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      That is an awesome comment for all ages!

  • Mandy February 24, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    There is a huge span of 20+ and huge life differences. I can see many of these pertaining to early 20-somethings/college 20’s. After that, I feel it really tapers off. I’m 28 and I have a 20 and 21 year old sister. I see many of these in them, but not as much closer to my age and beyond. So, I really think the article is more for under 22-ish. I think that is really where things start to change for a person. And honestly, much of this list could apply to 20 things PEOPLE should not be doing.
    But I did agree whole-heartedly with the one about video games, as that one does seem timeless.
    One to add…dress your age. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear flattering clothes, but wear things that are more appropriate. The same goes with dress for your size. I’m sorry if either sound rude, but it’s one of those things. Wearing things not right for you only show you lack the confidence in who you are and are trying to be someone you are not.

  • Bonnie February 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Stop posting half naked pictures of yourself on social media!

    • Shelly June 19, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      How about just stop posting selfies in general? Unless there is a reason like you are standing in front of a monument or exotic place, we do not need a picture of you posing in front of the mirror every day.

  • Angela February 24, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    I like that it says “over 20″ because that really encompasses all of us. I was guilty of many things on this list and I wish I could go back and do them over again with what I know now. It is true, wisdom comes with age.

  • Franchesca Hebert-Spence February 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I feel like this is a very biased and narrow perspective of how 20 somethings behave. Thankfully, I can honestly say these “suggestions” don’t pertain to me or my circle of friends. Wouldn’t it be more productive to celebrate the qualities you would like to see in this particular age group? Because personally, this made me feel incredibly irritated and defensive right off the hop. I believe number 6 is applicable this column…

    • johnny February 24, 2014 at 4:26 AM

      The fact that you are offended by this post demonstrates that you are the very person it was written for. Not every line applies to everyone. Perhaps you should read them again because I think they more than pertain to you just by reading the tone of your response. (From a college professor.)

    • Mickey B. February 24, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Don’t pay any attention to the incredibly rude reply you received “from a college professor,” who is clearly reading this article for their own benefit because they themselves I’m sure are over twenty, yet haven’t stopped arguing over social media (number ten, ‘johnny'; take notes.) I, too, as a person over twenty, was offended by this article.

    • Nicole May 8, 2014 at 5:38 AM

      Jared’s not just talking about 20-somethings. If you re-read the title of the post, it is addressing everyone OVER 20. That includes all the rest of us too; he’s not just accusing 20-somethings of these actions. I know 50-somethings who are just as guilty of some of these actions every day. I think perhaps the point of the post is, when you’re considered a “kid” (under 20, when your frontal lobe still has not fully developed), you might be able to get away with immaturity and selfishness. But when you become an adult, we all need to start acting with respect, maturity, and humility. Or try to, at the very least.

    • Avery Davis May 9, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      I agree with Franchesca, and I don’t know about “The Professor” or Pastor Wilson, but I’m 48.

      Also, I would like to point out to anyone who doesn’t already know this: being a professor (or claiming to be a professor) says absolutely nothing about any expertise regarding this subject, nor does it convey any special ability to determine that someone’s tone in a brief comment about the article reveals as much about that person as Dr. Johnny implies that it does.

  • jenntenh February 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Crayola colored hair.

  • Milissa February 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Stop feeling entitled. Your parents aren’t obligated to take care of you forever and the world doesn’t owe you anything. You can have anything you want as long as you are willing to work your ass off to get it!

  • Bev February 16, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Dress in a tidy way for your job. Your appearance does count in your job no matter what your job is – someone is always watching you.
    Also, please learn to spell. Short cut spelling that is done in texts and on other forms of social media should not be done on anything else you write. It makes you look mature and frankly somewhat lazy and idiotic.
    I think both of these apply to any and all age groups.

    • lori February 19, 2014 at 3:12 AM


  • La Tise February 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Stop being lazy is another thing I really like this article though. A lot of people near my age struggle with some of them even me and I am 26.

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