Move to opportunity. Most people will move for opportunity, but I think you should strongly consider moving to opportunity. What’s the difference? Moving for opportunity means you already have a job or position waiting for you, but moving to opportunity is being in a place where opportunity exists. I grew up in a smallish town where I concluded there was less opportunity, so I moved to Los Angeles without a job or plan. I strongly believe there is a geography of success. There are areas where ideas, jobs, and opportunities flourish. Be flexible and open to moving to these areas. Just because you grew up somewhere doesn’t mean you can’t create a new life somewhere else.
Focus on your health and energy. Talk to anyone who has had a health problem and they will tell you life stops. The book they were working on, the degree they were getting, and the business they started all came to a screeching halt. When you don’t have energy or are in poor health, you can’t think creatively and you can’t get the work done. Yes you’re young and probably have lots of energy and can eat whatever you want and still feel good, but now is the time to develop good health habits. This means making exercise a priority and feeding yourself with things that will help you perform at your peak. Don’t neglect your health for a second. Your body and mind are your greatest asset. Make sure you are investing in them.