Intelligence, ambition and drive or the lack there of. That is my first thought. My second thought is that we are controlled, primarily, by two driving forces our DNA and our mindset, which is for the most part set in our informative years. This is to mean our upbringing and that environment.
Your picture brings back many memories and should the background be a housing project in Detroit MI. 65 years ago, I believe that I would find myself in it.
You do ask some interesting questions gm.