I have picked up on the fact that a lot of my peers tend to go through a slump in the thirties—a career slump, to be specific. It seems a little early in the big picture to lose steam on one’s goals but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling a similar slump lately. What is it about the thirties that make some of that go-getter spirit die away? We’re still very young at that age. If anything, we shouldn’t even expect much to happen before that age. What does any young professional in her twenties really know? I knew very little at that age, I can tell you that. But still, I’ve been feeling my ambition waiver lately. And I’m learning it’s quite common for my age group. Here are reasons you might lose steam on your goals in your thirties, and why it’s actually the best time to keep your head up.
Your twenties were about skill development
The truth is that you probably entered your twenties at a beginners level in your field. You knew nothing or next to nothing. You spend the good first 10 years of any pursuit just mastering the necessary skill set. That’s it. Imagine it like picking up a violin for the first time. You spend the first 10 years just going from terrible to passable. That’s to be expected.