A world full of black and white with no grays would be a simpler world sometimes. Take math, for instance. There really is no gray area with math. Math is like reality television. Some people love it. Most people disdain it. Everyone sort of tolerates its existence and understands its place in society. Math is black and white, right or wrong. Nearly every equation has one answer — of all the number (and sometimes letter) combinations in the world, there is one right answer. Just one. You are either right or wrong.
Life is not pass/fail. There is a lot of wiggle room, mostly because of perception. When it comes to goal-setting, we tend to see things as being like a math equation. “I want to lose 20 pounds in six months.” If you don’t make it — fail! “I want to be out of graduate school by the time I’m 28.” You are 3/4 of the way there at 29. Fail!