I recently pulled out a stack of old DVD's and chose to watch the Shawshank Redemption for the first time in years. Its a great film and one of the many lines that jumped out at me comes towards the end when the wrongly convicted Andy is finalising his escape plans and he says to Red "I had to come to prison to become a crook".
The culture in which we live has a huge impact on us. It may be difficult to choose the country that we are born in or the family that we grow up in but we certainly have lots of choice about the organisation we choose to work in or the sports team we train with.
How good for you are your current environments? Do they serve bring out the best in you or lead you to play below your best?