Becoming lazy is one of the easiest things on Earth. We all start out lazy – just look at any baby. Sleep sleep sleep. Eat. Sleep Sleep Sleep. Etc.
I am guilty of being lazy. Not all the time, but in certain aspects of my life, definitely. I’d rather vegetate on the couch than do the dishes. A lot of the time, laziness wins. I’d rather surf the Internet for funny videos than do actual work. At work I can’t do that, but at home when I should be working – you betcha. I even get lazy with things as basic as shaving. I always say “who am I trying to impress?” The time I spend shaving could be an extra 10 minutes of sleeping.
However, I am a productive member of society. I show up and do what I’m supposed to do. I’ve never been one to choose sleep over work even when I wanted to. I used to work wicked awful hours at Herff Jones. Almost every day I had to fight the urge to stay in bed. I’m not a morning person so the prospect of working 6 days a week starting at 6 AM was just plain depressing. I preferred the night shift because it allowed me to be lazy AND work. I would work 4:30 PM to 3:00 AM then I’d go home and sleep till it was time for work again… (except when I was in school).
I think a lot of America’s economic problems actually stem from laziness. People feel entitled. People think they should live the American dream but only have to put in minimal effort. We trail the rest of the world in almost every type of academic test. People in other countries are willing to work for a fraction of what we are.
The reason I work as much as I do is that I was taught that nothing is ever given… it has to be earned. Going to a J.O.B. and living paycheck to paycheck isn’t the American dream. But that’s what most people get. If you want to exceed that, you have to put in more effort that everyone else. It really is that simple.
Think about some of the immigrant families that come here. They clean toilets, then eventually start their own cleaning company, and since they’re willing to work hard and do a job that sucks, before you know it, they’re middle to upper-middle class.
At the end of the day, success in America isn’t about “opportunity.” It’s just about hard work.
But Incredipete, what about the people that work hard and never “make it?” What’s your definition of “making it?” There are plenty of people that work hard rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. You actually have to work hard AND make decent decisions. Working hard then using your income to buy purses isn’t going to improve your lot in life. At least you’ll look stylish as you make your minimum payment on your credit card.
People who really understand hard work and the American dream don’t give up or settle. When they get knocked down, they get up and start again. Watching TV and whining about how unfair life is never fixed a thing.