My career in the military saw many adversities
Knowledge is a very powerful commodity. I found if you didn't know, do the research, ask questions and there was always help. It seems there was always someone wanting to show how smart they were or just to be helpful. All I needed to do was to maintain their interest until I got the information I needed; then use what I learned to be an asset to the team. Failure was not an option. It never bothered me that I was not invited to social functions in the early days because I always had my own friends. The lessons I learned during my career that brought me success would apply to anyone dedicated to becoming successful.