2. You Are a Work in Progress—Challenge Yourself to Get Better

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.

Lao Tzu

No matter what age you are, you are constantly evolving. From my perspective, and from the perspective of many of my friends and colleagues, growing older has meant getting wiser—thank God there is some benefit to aging! As you live your life, you have many experiences, and you learn from them if you can.

For example, I learned early on that I wanted to be more outgoing because being unable to talk to strangers or connect with people on a personal level made it difficult to pitch new ideas or sell anything. I experienced a challenge early on in my career that really exposed how serious ...

Get I’m the Boss of Me: A Guide to Owning Your Career now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.