I'm sure it comes under value theory, but here's an observation: Parents want their kids to succeed, they want their kids BETTER than all the other kids. So there they go, send them off to piano/violin lessons, endless maths and english tuitions, private schooling, best university, and want them to be doctors, laywers or an accountant at the very least. But (making an assumption here), the most successful people are those with unique skills, who are able to perform or discover something that no-one else was able to, and they carve out their niche and live well. Yet, rarely do you hear about parents pushing their kids into engineering, literature, science, arts or (my opinion) the suicide inducing 'philosophy. All their kids are merely "cookie cuttings" like all the others.. What do you think?