It happens ALL the time in the real world, mentors are a thing, business networking, advice sites. AskAManager, Evil HR Lady, there’s tons of websites that will teach you how to get ahead in business.
As to my response to the post proper-- to me EVE is about never leaving ISK on the table. If you mission, loot and salvage and make best use of your LP in addition to taking the ISK rewards, if you’re not using Planetary Interaction, why not? it’s free passive income for minimal effort. Are you selling to low-balling trade offers or posting your own at slightly below Jita prices when you’re mass mining. Do you scrap loot that’s not worth much and sell the reprocessed ores in bulk?
So that’s the mindset, take the cash with both hands and make a stash.
As to what to DO? It depends what you enjoy doing. When I first started out using an apoc and jetcan mining Omber was great money in hi-sec. But you couldn’t pay me enough to do it because it was tedious. I enjoy missions, myself. Incursions are better money if you’re into PvE than missions are but I don’t always want to deal with a fleet sometimes I just want to go grind a bit.
Incursions are very good money if you have good skills, I fly a logi myself and can usually get a slot most times of day. I mission when I don’t feel like it and chaining L4 missions can be decent income.
The BEST income, they say, comes from trading. I’ve never had the knack, and if I wanted to deal with that much spreadsheets and math I’d get a job with an intermodal shipping company rather than play EVE. But it’s amazing money for no real skill point investment and minimal time.