It always makes me a bit sad to see waste of talent or intelligence. I met someone today who is educated and very bright, and who apparently made a bad decision thirty years ago that has trapped him ever since. The bad decision was to keep his job. He started a job thirty years ago and never did anything else. It had nothing to do with his degree or his intelligence [he does have a B.A. in history and a passion for knowledge], but he settled for a bottom-rung job and never looked back. Perhaps this person is perfectly happy with his station in life, though I think not based on my impression today. Or maybe the course of his life forced him to stay put for reasons that I can't possibly know. Sometimes life sets its own course and we seem to just follow along with few viable options. But I have become convinced over the years that what often holds people back is the simple fear of change. We tend to get locked into a certain lifestyle and income level early on, and we settle for a job that we really don't love or even like - the potential for a great career squelched for the sake of a little security and next week's paycheck. Obviously one can't be stupid about it, and I don't recommend changing jobs frequently or recklessly, but I think staying put is often a terrible career move; especially for young people. Also, on a related note, IMO, and based on my experience in the working world, there is a basic truism in life: If you want to move up, move sideways.