#39-1. The only difference between where you are right now and where you'll be five years from now are the people you meet and the books you read.
#39-2. Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket.
#39-3. Make mistakes faster than the competition, so you have more chances to learn and win.
-John W. Holt Jr.
Some say they have no time to read, or that books cannot teach; some are too busy to consciously try and meet new people. Not doing both of these makes us miss so many opportunities to learn interesting and useful aspects about life. And obviously impacts our career.
The second is something we need to remind ourselves constantly. We often blame external entities or circumstances for our career, our mood, our happiness. Maybe because it is easy and lessens our guilt.
Dynamic people and organizations try many things boldly, knowing that some would fail but at least some would succeed. They progress faster than those who ponder and analyze too much in trying to avoid failure.