Re: Life-changing pointers
One of my favorites came from Joe Porcarro just before I graduated from music school. I asked for his advice on achieving success, and he said; "you can't rush being 40 years old". I'll be 40 in 2008, and a lot of life has happened in the 20ish years since those words. I think I get it.
I am also a big fan of an Anthony Robbins (I believe) quote. "Don't take no from someone who is not qualified to say yes". Meaning, find the person who has the ability to say yes to your request, and ask them instead.