Invest in yourself first. If you don't have the time or means to invest in yourself, something needs to be done about that.
Hard work can help overcome many other deficiencies. Always be willing to be the hardest working person in the room.
Life gets hard, and it's even harder if you try to avoid it rather than overcome it. Taking action can get you over a lot of hurdles.
Trying and failing is better than not trying and wondering.
Opportunities arise often out of nowhere and at the last minute. When great opportunities arrive, be ready to take it and run with it full steam. If you don't take a great great opportunity, there better be a good reason.
If it's the 9-5 hours, you are likely working. What happens from 9-5 (or whatever your work hours are) is very important as your job is likely your livelihood. What happens from 5-9 is also very important. The 5-9 hours will determine where you can go in life. Are you doing things that will create a better tomorrow? Including things that bring you joy.
Oh yeah, and don't forget to sleep well too.
Take the time to learn something new everyday, and every chance you get. Even if it's just something out of pure interest that you may never actually need to know. Keep your mind curious.
The best thing to do with negativity in your life is to fix it. If it is not fixable, it may need to be cut out. No need to deal with negativity in your life more than you have to.
My full name is Ankit Shukla. I have been a RN for over six years. I am pursuing my dream of motivational speaking. I speak of the better life because we can all have a better life. I would love to help you!