For some it is easier to have what some people call a ‘self-defeatist’ attitude, instead of applying the effort it takes to make necessary changes. The reason why these people end up in the same ruts as their families is because this ideal ends up becoming a self-fulfilled prophecy. It has nothing to do with smarts or intelligence, or family genes. It all has to do with one’s will to do certain things. This applies to many different situations in life.