LAZY US GRADUATES WANT IT ALL BUT DO NOT WANT TO WORK FOR IT – In a recent study of college campuses in the U.S researches have unveiled a worrying trend among the 355,000 students surveyed that they want it all but feel that they shouldn’t have to work all that hard to get it.
It would appear that many graduates and post-graduates are trapped in a ‘fantasy gap’ where they are able to earn vast sums of money without actually having to put in much effort.
There is little doubt in my mind that we live in a materialistic world. This is neither unexpected nor surprising when you look at how some people appear to become overnight sensations in the music world or that some bright spark has developed the latest and most popular app for a mobile device.
It is clear, especially in the tech world, that a simple idea can often lead to vast wealth; you only have to look at the likes of web billionaires such as Mark Zuckerberg who created Facebook; now the most popular social network on the planet.
When you see all the so-called ‘easy money’ can you really blame kid’s perception of how they are able to have it all without much effort?
According to the survey some 62% said they wanted money; and lots of it, but only 39% wanted to actually work for it. This, in the eyes of anyone wealthy or not, simply does not added up – there is no just thing as a free lunch; unless you with the State Lottery.
The must have’s in today’s society appear to be a Ferrari, a private jet and a luxury super yacht and that their money must also afford them an extensive wardrobe and a globetrotting, party lifestyle.
Huston we have a problem… ah those famous words with Apollo 13 come back to haunt us as we see, like Apollo 13, the real reality that people could come crashing down to earth with dire consequences.
I often wonder just how naïve or even gullible so people are; as my very own occupation often leaves people mystified or in a state of shock when I deliver the stark truth.
As a dot com owner most young people I meet automatically assume that my Bentley is parked around the corner with the chauffeur waiting patiently to whisk me off to my fully fueled private jet at a moment’s notice.
When I tell then the fact that I sit in a one room apartment, where I eat sleep and work, as where even the cockroaches have move out due to the decay of the place their first reaction is laughter; not because of my predicament but because they think I’m telling them a joke.
When I do drive home the fact of my life and that I work 14 hours a day you can see the color drain from their faces. Owning a dot com isn’t supposed to be that way; it’s supposed to make you a multi-millionaire or better yet a billionaire.
Granted, I’m not doing this just for the fun of it. While I thoroughly love writing my articles the goal is to drag myself up but that takes work and a hell of a lot of it; something college kids appear reluctant to engage in.
The college survey revealed and unnerving trend that college kids have a greater sense of entitlement; whereas as little as 30 years ago the attitude was ‘I can achieve anything if I work hard enough.’ This is an attitude that appears completely lost on the youth of today.
What really worries me is that as society progresses along this trend it inevitably leads to a number of truly devastating consequences for society as a whole. The ethos of working hard for what you have ultimately develops an appreciation on the value of things. This in turn develops respect, not just for the individual but also for those around the individual.
If our kids are handed everything, as it appears they want, on a silver platter how can they understand or appreciate the value of what they have.
To clear up any misconception over the research it was not undertaken over night by questioning a few college kids. This is an extensive study, interviewing 355,000 young people between 1976 and 2007 in order to correlate the changing trends in behavior and perception of work and wealth.
I for one believe in the work ethic, for me the idea of earning something is far more gratifying than being given something and it promotes a far better appreciation of what you have. While my situation is not exactly pleasant I also appreciate that some people have it a lot worse than I do… at least I have roof over my head and that I have a computer and internet connection that allows me to do what I love doing.
I often feel very sorry for the younger generation as it is obvious that with all the TV advertising and the plethora of ‘get rich quick schemes’ it is easy to see how many could be lured by the thought that vast wealth can be achieve through little or no effort.
I often hear how ‘luck’ plays a vital role in success but ask any wealthy entrepreneur and they will probably tell you that the ‘luck’ they had was created by their willingness to work.
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Do you think we now have a generation of youth who don’t want to work? If so, who is to blame and why? Have your say… leave your comments below.