Well, sometimes you can't just "go with the flow" of things. Actually, it can even improve your life to take matters into your own hands. Think of the work place. If you just follow the flow of things and never do anything out of the ordinary, then you'll most likely be stuck in the same job. But what if you have an idea for improving the company's system? If you take the initiative and speak up, you could end up not only making the company better and easier to work for, but you could find yourself promoted.