I was trained as an engineer, which I chose to pursue mostly because I recognized that I had a "can do" approach to problems. When other people said "can't be done" I was optimistic and said it could, and usually had a creative solution.
However, in the years since getting my degree, especially on a personal basis but also professionally I have discovered that many people not only despise this way of thinking, but it makes them angry.
For instance, the roommate who was accustomed to paying huge heating bills because of choosing oil rather than electricity, and imposing that poor decision on me too, angrily saying there is no other solution than oil, even when I showed there was. Time after time, I've encountered people like this.
What's ironic, too, is that very often they are educated people. They insist of doing things the wrong way, often making others go along with their bad idea. Possibly even thousands of people may be affected in the case of poorly devised products. All the while they pay the price for their bad decisions, and see that it's not working.
I have seen scientists look at evidence that they in their personal or professional lives have made poor decisions, and then ignore that evidence, which is contrary to good scientific thinking. I've also seen them look at evidence of real-world malfeasance, which even a college freshman could discern, and then side with the "official" bogus explanation of events, which a few times defied laws of physics.
I'm always amazed by how few people other than engineers are eager to work on problems to find novel, effective, efficient solutions and how few people other than engineers are willing to see what's in front of their eyes.