Bart Simpson: "Man, working for other people is for chumps!"
Homer Simpson: "Boy, I'm very proud of you. I was twice your age before I figured that out!"
And yet, here most of us are, working for other people. Which is not to say I haven't tried self-employment (repeatedly). But in between those bouts of self-delusion employment, I've amassed quite a few years working for The Man (some of those being people I've quite liked).
But if you're going to get ahead, you need more than luck. I found this quote from a 20th century radio broadcaster with the interesting name of Studs Turkel sums it up nicely:
Work is about a daily search for meaning as well as daily bread; for recognition as well as cash; for astonishment rather than torpor; in short for a sort of life, rather than a Monday-to-Friday sort of dying.
When I first came to Japan, I let my employer take care of the paperwork, just as many of my colleagues had done. Big mistake.
At a conference in early 2013 the keynote speaker asked if someone in attendance could speak to a career setback from which they'd grown in a new direction. I rose to speak.
Some tools I've put together for anyone pursuing PMP certification.