When you live with your head in the clouds, you can see past the storms.
Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss' writing sparked my idea for "Three-Bullet Thursday" and number of other new habits. In this novel, Tim interviews over 100 world-class icons, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, 5-Time New York Times Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, and Olympic gold-medalist Shaun White, just to name a few. Being the monster that it is (nearly 700 pages), Tools of Titans is a buffet: there are some things in there that you'll hate, but there's more than enough things that you'll love to make it worthwhile. It's rare that a book can promise you something of value no matter who you are, but this is one of those exceptions.
Live in a rich "environment."
If you took a random plant seed and dropped it in a desert full of predators, it's very unlikely to survive, regardless of how hard it may try. However, if you took that same seed and placed it in a safe forest where there is plenty of rain, it will grow naturally, with very little effort involved.
How can you improve your own "environment?" How can you surround yourself with people who help you grow, and get away from people who may be holding you back?