The extract below really touched me - I actually saw myself nodding in agreement - because there was a time when I encountered my other self mentioned below in Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich.
"...this idea of starting at the bottom and working one's way up may appear sound, but the major objection to it is this - too many of those who begin at the bottom never manage to lift their heads high enough to be seen by opportunity, so they remain at the bottom.
It should be remembered, also, that the outlook from the bottom is not so very bright or encouraging.
It has a tendency to kill off ambition.
We call it "getting into a rut", which means we accept our fate because we form the habit of daily routine, a habit that finally becomes so strong we cease to try to throw it off.
And that is another reason why it pays to start one or two steps above the bottom.
By so doing one forms the habit of looking around, of observing how others get ahead, of seeing opportunity, and of embracing it without hesitation."
This is an extract of a success and self development book I would recommend you to get: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill