October 12, 2013


Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #51: The Defining Decade With Dr. Meg Jay


In today’s episode I talk to Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist and author of the Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now. Dr. Jay’s book has inspired several posts on AoM in the past year, including: Want to Feel Like a Man? Then Act Like One, Good News! Your Life Isn’t Limitless, and our series on the twenty-something brain (Part 1 and Part 2).

I was really excited to have Dr. Jay on our podcast. Besides her book, her TED Talk on the importance of your twenties has made a big splash as well.

In today’s show, we discuss why your twenties are so important, the challenges that many twenty-somethings have today, and the things twenty-somethings can do now to ensure a rewarding career and fulfilling relationships during the rest of their adult life.

Show highlights:
  • Why thirty isn’t the new twenty
  • The consequences of not taking advantage of your twenties
  • The biggest problem she sees with twenty-something males
  • How the twenty-something brain is different from a thirty-something brain
  • The myth of the slacker twenty-something male
  • What “identity capital” is and why you need to develop it
  • And much more!

If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend picking up a copy of the Defining Decade. It’s a truly excellent and worthwhile read, especially for our twenty-something readers and listeners. 

Listen to the podcast!

Special thanks to Keelan O’Hara for editing the podcast!

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