Hey! If we haven’t met, my name is Matt. I am the brains (if you could call them that) behind the operation that is Get Your 20’s Right. I often have over-qualified twentysomethings write guest articles, but most of what you will read on this site is from me. If this were a conversation, I would love to ask why you are here. But since it’s not, I will tell you why I am here. … [Read more...] about Start Here. Crush Your 20’s.
This isn’t, technically, an article about exercise. I mean, we’re going to use the habit of exercise as our example, but it’s really about habit formation, expectations, and why we often make the wrong decision when it comes to changing our lives. This article also isn’t about why accountability partners are helpful. That just seems extremely intuitive. If you want to change … [Read more...] about The Workout Partner Dilemma
Have you ever played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? You know, the game where you think of an obscure actor and see how many degrees of separation there are between him and Kevin Bacon? Since Kevin Bacon is a fairly prolific actor, it’s really hard to think of actors who haven’t been in a movie with someone who’s been in a movie with Kevin Bacon. Seriously, go to the website and … [Read more...] about Second-Degree Dinners: Turning Acquaintances Into BFFs
You scroll through social media, wondering why no one can get along. (“I’m going to stay out of this,” you think.) You talk with a coworker about the weather, only to be cut off by a heated discussion about the issues. (“I can’t wait for this to blow over.”) Some idea, event, or person continues to dominate your conversations for the next week. ("Why can’t we talk about … [Read more...] about Megalogues: When A Conversation Goes Viral
We teach kids not to talk to strangers. This is smart. But it's not smart because it keeps them from getting kidnapped. It's smart because it saves them from talking to super-boring people. I've talked to enough strangers to know that the real threat is not a potential kidnapping, but a potentially life-sucking conversation. That is the real Stranger Danger. But as adults we … [Read more...] about How To Talk To Strangers
This is an article about the only thing I learned in Calculus 3. (Don't worry, it has nothing to do with math.) Imagine that it's a Monday. (Unless you're reading this on a Monday. Then save your imagination for later.) Imagine that you're sitting in a cramped desk-chair deathtrap in a stuffy room in a college engineering building. There are no windows. There is no music. … [Read more...] about The Benefit Of Doing Pointless, Hard Things
I like the idea of books. Who doesn't? But like a workaholic that's never home with his kids, I just can't seem to find the time to be with them. I mean, I never regret spending time with books. I always look back fondly on my experiences with them. I embrace the attention they bring when I mention them. I carry them around and show them to strangers. But I just suck at … [Read more...] about How To Read A Book Every Week
"That second dose of soma had raised a quite impenetrable wall between the actual universe and their minds." —Brave New World In his novel Brave New World, Aldous Huxley imagines a utopian future upheld by the pursuit of immediate pleasure. Unlike Orwell's 1984, world peace is not won through fear and repression; peace is the result of the drug "soma." Soma is the … [Read more...] about 15 Ways To Take Back Your Life From Your Smartphone
"I don't always think about 19th-century Russia, but when I do, I make sure it's Dostoevsky (not Dos Equis)." Let me start by saying that Russian literature is not my forte. I normally don't have the attention span for a book that can double as a child's booster seat. But when words like "the greatest novel ever written" are thrown around, I get a little curious. When I … [Read more...] about Can You Change The World In Your 20’s?