Respect authority, but don’t let it overawe you. Consider current superiors as your future peers.
Read The Economist.
Just do it. You’ll be smarter and more articulate.
Hold Your Head Up.
Never talk yourself down. Choose to speak about yourself in positive terms.
Evaluate your capabilities, then stand behind them. Evaluate your potential and stand behind that, too.
To the Nines.
Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Work in a non-profit? Don’t look like a bowl of granola, look like a UN Rep. You’ll be the next director.