I feel sorry for people who have never learned how to celebrate the ordinary; who live their lives under the sad illusion that happiness is just beyond their fingertips. "As soon as I find my soul mate... get out of debt... find a better job... then I'll be happy."
By one distinction, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who get ahead, and those who just get by. Determining the characteristics that allow us to bridge that gap can bring a great deal of success and satisfaction. And yet, for most people, it seems to be enough to simply glide through the world, giving little thought to leveraging themselves into higher and higher atmospheric levels. What factor enables some people to push themselves toward the upper echelons of their organization or industry?