There’s an insurance commercial starring quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He’s grateful to his agent for his “Rodgers Rate” but the agent keeps telling him it’s just the standard discount available to everyone. Rodgers doesn’t like it. He wants to feel like his rate is special. Because he is special. Because we all want to feel special, and most of us are constantly seeking external validation of our specialness. And the more we get it, the more we expect it, and resent it when we don’t.
Don’t judge the spoiled brat. They just got used to it. So would you.
That’s why you see people deflect attention—to God or teammates or fate or whatever. Sometimes it’s lame and disingenuous, but sometimes it’s just someone who knows that they will become an obnoxious spoiled brat if given the opportunity.