Most of my peers that I grew up with took the ‘safe’ route or have had trouble taking any route at all, sadly struggeling to find a meaningful existance. Those that are employed are largely not fulfilled by their work and are happiest when they are at home in the evenings or at week ends.
Some took the leap and became self employed. Some of these find excitement from chasing profit, growing their businesses - others are happy to have their autonomy but find their work somewhat tedious - others are always searching for more work trying to get into a position where they are more financially secure.
I’ve gained most of the inspiration and support to do more meaningful, fulfilling work through my readings and interactions on the internet. Through blogs, mail lists, IRC channels, web forums and social networks. I’ve mannaged to connect with people who see the bigger picture.
Some places where I’ve gained inspiration and support include -
I’ve found Twitter great for connecting with new people through shared interests in a topic( often with interesting new perspectives that I may not always totally agree with but are still valuable to know )