I was taught college level math by a college professor who decided high school was where she wanted to teach- not college. She was an incredible bitch, incredibly hard, and incredibly strict. I had the upmost respect for her and what she did. I recall one of the last days of school, she leaned against her blackboard in the front of the room (as she had made them remove all the whiteboards), and spoke to us about the future. She knew most of us were going to go into some sort of engineering field - or computer field. She knew that most of us were smart and enthusiastic about learning more and thriving in our field. Some were going to renowned engineering schools. She had taught at one, so she spoke from experience when she said "be careful. do not let money lure you into doing something that causes you to lose yourself. look at what you are going to be creating. look at how it impacts the greater technology. then ask yourself - can you live with it. do not sell your soul for money or fame. your soul is the most precious thing." Then she gave us a pop quiz. Her words have always stuck in my head when applying for jobs. Can I live what I would be helping create? Is it an industry I want to support? It's funny how people can forget that - not only in their professional lives but personal ones too. Don't lose your soul.
One of the taekwondo 5 tenants of success is "indomitable spirit". Whatever you do, remember, strength comes from the inside. Don't understand that? Look at an ironman where there are age groupers. They don't get across that finish line due to physical strength. Nope, their will got them there. Most of life is a mental game. Remember that.
I think this one says it all. I've pissed people off by saying something similar to them. What can I say, I have a hard time watching people I love do this to themselves.