People who prepare their own sandwiches from early childhood instead of relying on a pre-packed lunchbox from their parents or someone else preparing their sandwiches for them are more likely to be successful and positive in life than those who expect these things to be done for them.
Psychologists in the USA have carried out a study on tens of thousands of people across America from varying levels of success and found that the more someone has prepared their own sandwiches during their years of development the higher chance they have with genuine success and happiness. This correlation between preparing one's bread and one's achievement is consistent with all groups varying from those from poorer backgrounds to those from more privileged backgrounds.
This leads to the expression "having your bread buttered for you" which is often used for those who haven't made it up the career ladder but been handed everything on a plate - it must be a plateful of sandwiches if they have had their bread buttered for them.
So, supposing your career can be likened to your bread being buttered and how it is done, it is fairly obvious that someone who butters their own bread and does it the right way with the right amount, in the right place and on the right side is more aware of their aims and goals in life as well as focused in life than someone who takes their bread already prepared and eats it - we will be coming on to having your cake and eating it later.
So how does preparing your own sandwiches give you that motivation to be more focused on things in life?
Clinical psychologist Davey Lamp was observing the characteristics and behaviour of some of the patients at the clinic where he works and saw how the more positive patients buttered their own bread rather than taking the bread which had already been buttered and wondered why some wanted to do it theirselves. One patient, Jack said that he liked to see what he was doing and got more satisfaction eating bread which he had buttered. Jack even puts some biscuits between slices of buttered bread to make it more enjoyable and regularly makes his own biscuit sandwich. "Jack has been a lot happier and positive since buttering his own bread" said Mr. Lamp.
Strange though it may seem, there is yet more evidence that putting everything in place yourself gives you more satisfaction and drive to do well, whereas if everything is done for you and is there fro your taking, you are more likely just to take it and become quite greedy if there is plenty there for taking as you wish. Think of going to something with a buffet and with plenty there, would you be tempted to have more than you normally would because it was there waiting to be taken?
At this moment in time, the link between buttering your bread or doing something for yourself like this and being positively successful has not yet been discovered. Psychologists are looking into psychological links with how butter is spread and how thick it is spread whereas scientists are looking into a possible link between chemicals in the butter and how they could stimulate the way the brain functions. They are also looking into whether it can be applied to margarine as well or if it is purely only a characteristic of butter.
A word of advice has come out from this. Someone who has their bread buttered for them will not know when or how it was buttered and it might not have been buttered on the right side, so these people are taking a chance with the result of something someone else has done, whereas those who butter their own bread know which side was buttered, how and when it was buttered as well as where it was buttered, so these people will have a more detailed and tailored plan organised for their life and be able to cope in difficult circumstances should they arise, and everyone's life has its ups and downs so buttering your own bread and doing more for yourself prepares you more for life.
It is not very nice for someone who has had their bread buttered for them who doesn't know all the details of the buttering when they get into a spot of difficulty since they could end up getting a grilling on the wrong side, which is not very nice if the butter is in the wrong place or on the wrong side. This experience could be the cause as to why so many end up negative and looking for other means to get more bread buttered for them in other ways, like being tempted by greed at buffets for getting huge financial bonuses which they haven't earned because they are there for being taken, or having their cake and eat it only to expect another one in place which they will then eat and the circle keeps going on until they have eaten too much and become Fat Cats. This is where the term Fat Cats come from, the term "fat" can be justified but there is some doubt as to where the term "cat" comes from.