Wow, I came across this blog by Marc Andreessen on managing one’s career, and although it is only 4 short articles (an intro and 3 others), the information in it is fantastic.
Here are some quotable quotes:
These posts are aimed at high-potential people who want to excel throughout their careers and make a significant impact on their fields and the world. These posts are not appropriate for people for whom work/life balance is a high priority or for whom lifestyle is particularly important – if that’s you, there are plenty of existing career planning resources for you already!
The world is a very malleable place. If you know what you want, and you go for it with maximum energy and drive and passion, the world will often reconfigure itself around you much more quickly and easily than you would think.
Try very very hard to go to one of the best colleges or universities in the world for your chosen field.
Don’t worry about being a small fish in a big pond – you want to always be in the best pond possible, because that’s how you will get exposed to the best people and the best opportunities in your field.