"As you get older... you start having hopes for others."
- Clapton, I think
One of the things that has always sort of cheered me up when I think about the monotonous grind of 9-5 jobs is that there have been a couple of people who over the course of their career have helped me hugely, for no other reason than the fact that they're pretty cool.
One in particular has been a good friend and given me a massive amount of advice and guidance in editing, writing, management and actually just life. Our paths have crossed in two different companies now, and even when I'm not working with him I'll often email or call for his opinion. It's ace, and makes me feel less alone against the world at work.
Have you ever had a mentor - and I don't mean one assigned, I mean someone who simply chooses to help you - at work? You should. It rules.