Some ideas from the book "What I wish I knew when I was 20" by Tina Seelig.
According to the copyright I can reproduce "brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews" ... I hope this qualifies....
Opportunities are abundant. At any place and time you can look around and identify problems that need solving.
The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. Nobody will pay you to solve a non-problem.
If we clearly define a problem, the solution will logically present itself.
Have the zeal to solve a grand problem, as opposed to being motivated to make money.
Break free from established guidelines by having a healthy disregard for the impossible.
Think big. It is easier to have big goals than small goals.
There are no bad ideas in brainstorming. The craziest ideas may turn out to be the most interesting.
Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.
Nobody told me I could or should do this... I just did it.
Write letters to people you admire. Don't wait for an invitation. Make the first move.
The primary barriers to success are self-imposed. The biggest ally of superachievers is the inertia of others.
If you want leadership roles, then take on them. Just give yourself permission to do so.
Write a failure resume, describing what you learned from the failures.
Failure is a natural part of the process of innovation.
All learning comes from failure.
He asked every attractive woman he met for a date, and some of them said yes.
If you get out there and try lots of things, you are much more likely to find success.
If you want more successes, be willing to live with more failures.
When analyzing a risky situation, define the possible outcomes, figure out the chances, develop a backup plan for each downside.
Tap into the wisdom of those who have gone before you.
There is no such a thing as luck. It is all hard work.