Rule number one is escape from any generalization, from any commonplace, closing in those mental fences that dissuade us from trying.
Rule number two, in fact, is to seize the opportunities. Work does not come to you, especially what you are interested in, which corresponds to your passions, sometimes to your dreams. You’re the one who has to go looking for it, stubbornly, near home or away. Whoever appears to us to be really accomplished at work is often one who has done it himself, with tenacity, often at first made many sacrifices, clashed with the hostility of the family, stumbled several times, but did not desist until to create a professional, commercial and entrepreneurial activity from scratch and have improved it, expanded, extended beyond national borders.
Rule number three, we need to know the context. To pursue one’s passions, yes, but also not to complicate one’s life. Crisis, globalization, technological innovation are examples that can quickly occur situations in which some works are destined to extinction and others to great development.
So, the fourth rule is never stop forming. Everything changes quickly and you have to be ready.
Finally, the fifth: having the courage to never sell off one’s dignity. There will also be an employer who can offer you a fairly paid job and the chance to demonstrate your skills while you are learning. Maybe you have to move, study, do somersaults to get to the end of the month. What matters is investing in themselves, looking around, seizing opportunities, wanting to improve. Always. With perseverance.
As a President of the United States once said:
Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Not talent: nothing is more common than failed talented men. Not genius: the misunderstood genius is now a commonplace. Not even education sometimes helps: the world is full of educated derelicts. Only perseverance and determination are omnipotent.