The content of most textbooks is perishable, but the tools of self-directedness serve one well over time.
Some of the most important determinants of life paths arise through the most trivial of circumstances.
The higher the level of people's perceived self-efficacy, the wider the range of career options they seriously consider, the greater their interest in them, and the better they prepare themselves educationally for the occupational pursuits they choose.
In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.
Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling from others.
People who believe they have the power to exercise some measure of control over their lives are healthier, more effective and more successful than those who lack faith in their ability to effect changes in their lives.