I was reading comments related to "Leisure College, USA" yesterday. The report talks about how college students are studying 10 hours less per week than their counterparts in the 60s (though mysteriously college GPAs have not gone down during this time.) The idea is that colleges are demanding less, or students are just expecting to put in less effort – whatever way you want to look at it.
One of the commenters talked about how in the 50s and 60s, the buzzword was "hustle", meaning people knew and understood the value of putting in hard work to reach a goal. For whatever reason, I feel that is starting to fall by the wayside today. I know this is one of those sweeping generalizations that can't be proven, but it is the way I feel. A lot of people today are just stone cold lazy.
In education, you read about how to better engage students, have better assessment, etc. All of this is true, but it's not magic. If a student puts in little to no effort, no real learning can take place no matter how great the technique.
You see this highlighted when things go bad in life. My rule has always been, if things go bad then you need to start putting in twice as much work to right the ship. Instead, a lot of people just throw in the towel when things go bad.
I have faith that in general, hard work will pay off (though not always and perhaps not right away). While this belief may not be 100% accurate, I feel it is the best way to approach life. Otherwise, you are just passing time and waiting for "good fortune" to hit, which in my view is too passive of a mentality.
Long live the hustle!
("The New Hustle" by Greg Lamarche)