I believe human beings crave proactivity. But because social conditioning trains us to be reactive, it’s hard to break free of reactive habits, and our proactivity muscles atrophy. As a result, when difficulties arise or we’re otherwise required to be proactive, part of the ingrained reactive mindset is to think, “It’s not my job.” Or, “It’s someone else’s fault.” Or “I can’t do it. I wish I could, but I just can’t. It’s bigger than me.” Being reactive is easier because it lets you off the hook of responsibility. You don’t have to do anything until you’re required to do something. And if it doesn’t work out, then it’s somebody else’s fault, not yours.