I am reminded by Giles' post that there are two kinds of people in work – those who will do the job and those who want to make the job better. I don't think this distinction has ever been more important but sadly, there are too few of the latter around. And it makes a difference – surrounding yourself with free-thinkers frees up your own thinking. And if you limit your thinking, it's a form of self-sabotage.
In the end, it's all about choice. Its so easy to forget that our lives are governed by the choices we make. I forget it all the time. But to paraphrase John Grant, the choice is ultimately between stagnation – going round and round and becoming a smaller a version of yourself – and generativity: starting, creating, exploring…