A few people, not many, but a few, take. They take the best education they can get, pushing teachers for more, finding things to do, exploring non-defined niches. They take more courses than the minimum, they invent new projects and they show up with questions.
I used to keep telling people that I work with - you need to leave work everyday asking yourself the following questions
- Did I learn something new today ?
- Have I made progress since yesterday ?
- Have situations improved since yesterday ?
People who "take" are the ones that are recognised since it is going beyond what is expected from them. So it is important to push yourself to "take" all the time.