1. Absolutely know your aptitudes. You can't see them without the proper instrumentation.

2. Bulk up your vocabulary. This is the drill set and mitre box of the new economy.

3. Read Maslow. Arise, Ye Men of Science!

4. Tell them Maslow sent you.

5. Recite every day: "I will not let the bastards get me down." 5X/DAY should do it.