According to Cambridge Dictionary Online, “Resting on one’s laurels” means to feel comfortable because you have been successful in the past. UseEnglish.com has it defined as relying on one’s past achievements, rather than trying to achieve things now.
How can a person possibly think they can succeed in their fields or in the job market by depending on their past to carry them into the future? Your education and skills quickly get out of date; you constantly have to be learning new things to stay current. When there are hundreds of people competing for the same job that you are, you have to be at the top of your game. Kicking back and hoping that just a high school education and your past skills will be enough to get you through your future career path is not a good way of thinking.
Even I was complacent with my current experience, education and skills, the thought of doing anything about it was still mentally in the far reaches of the back of my mind, it took a job recruiter who had the gumption to tell me right to my face, that I have great experience and skills, but I need to update them. Right there and then a light went off in my head, and since that very moment I have been volunteering, returned back to college and received a degree in Networking Security to help round out my existing experience, watched YouTube and GCLearnFree.org videos to help brush up on my existing skills, as well as studying for the various CompTIA IT certifications.
You know the only saying still rings true, “You are never too old to learn.” If you have a dream of being a doctor, a lawyer, an IT Network Specialist or whatever job you feel you were destined to be in; goals are just dreams without action behind them. The best advice I can give you is stop sitting there, have faith in yourself, get out and do something about it.