There are those who watch things happen and those who make it happen
Recently, I've spent a lot of time reading business books and rethinking my personal career goals and path. A personal inventory or evaluation is always good for the mind and spirit. More than a year ago I transitioned from graphic designer to a manager because, in short, no value was placed on my skills as a specialist in the field visual print communications (i.e. graphic designer) and marketing (i.e. strategic planning of product placement). So, I've been reading Kazuo Inamori's book A Passion for Success (which I forgot to put on my list here). He writes that...
"there is a huge difference between those who have written themselves a starring role, and those who idle through life without aim."
In what he calls the "drama of life," an individual has the choice to write a role for him/herself in the play they wish to star. Does this strategy apply to cities as well?