Objective – what and how
Subjective – why
- elementary – schools teach concepts, ideas, definitions (what)
- high school – more concepts, ideas, definitions (what)
- college – teach career, technical or entrepreneurship skills (how to earn money)
But the more important question is “Why?”
Why is subjective, hence the province of oneself, or at least the responsibility of your parents, your religion or your government.
So how do you reconcile the objective what and how with the subjective why?
The truth is, only you can decide. In life, you have to cultivate what your passion is.
Behavioral economics may teach us a thing or two:
- market norms – is focused on how (how to earn a living)
- social norms – is focused on why (altruism, human nature, existence, philosophical, spiritual)
Thomas Alva Edison once said:
Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
Factors like family, religion, education, government and the economy are external factors that combine for just 1% of inspiration, the rest is one’s action.
As Jim Collins would say:
Whether you prevail or fail depends more on what you do to yourself than on what the world does to you.