Been awhile since I checked this thread. My attitude is you only live once...give it all you got, don't take crap within reason, and voice your desires. I know I'm young and just starting out, but I have definitely voiced what I want and where I want to be within my company. I get a lot of respect from management for that. For you guys that posted recommended books, I'll check to see if we have those at work. If not I'll have my manager order them for me to read while traveling.
"My philosophy as a businessman has always been to take care of the people who make me successful. It has always been "we" in my business conversations with others. At a certain point in a successful business it behooves one to make sure those doing a good job of supporting you are not struggling to make ends meet."