If you have lived a lifestyle that left you with no foundation for self-growth is answering the question… what comes first: the chicken or the egg.
You, people in this predicament have one characteristic in common: you don’t want to do anything that you cannot see the immediate usefulness of it.
Usefulness can also be enjoyment… enjoyment is useful. ((Enjoyment is an extrinsic value))
This common characteristic has rendered you to either rely on your quick intelligence in school, and you had reasonable to good grades, or you had bad grades… the result in common: no knowledge of the world, no foundation for self-growth, because no real learning took place.
The percentage of humanity that would like to grow, but has nothing going for them, other than that vague desire, is a staggering 70%. 70%!